Extended Rural Cohort

Guaranteed training placements in northern Victoria

The Extended Rural Cohort is a stream within the Monash University undergraduate medical course, Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine that gives you the opportunity to do most of your clinical training in rural and regional north-west Victoria.

As an Extended Rural Cohort student, you'll spend your first two years in Clayton with all the medical students in that year. For the next two years of clinical training you are then guaranteed a place in hospitals and community-based practices in northern rural and regional Victoria. Your final clinical training year consists of a series of six-week placements which you can choose to do in a mix of regional or metropolitan hospitals.

Throughout the course, you study the same curriculum as metropolitan-based students and have great hands-on training opportunities with dedicated tutors and supervisors.

Applying for the ERC

Preference is generally given to rural applicants. International students are not eligible to apply for admission to the ERC stream.

The ERC stream of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine course has its own VTAC code and you must nominate this code to be considered for a place in this stream. See the course website for details on how to apply.

Eligible applicants: Australian citizens and permanent residents only
Places available: 30 (Commonwealth Supported Places)
Duration of course: five years full-time

For further information about the Extended Rural Cohort stream please contact:

Laura Major, Manager - Rural  Education Program
T: (03) 9905 1521
E: laura.major@monash.edu

Frequently asked questions

Q. Are ERC students bonded students?
A.  No, the Extended Rural Cohort (ERC) is a stream of the direct entry (i.e. direct from secondary school) medicine course at Monash. ERC students apply for a CSP place and undertake most of their clinical training in rural north-west Victoria. If you accept an ERC place, you are asked to sign a Statement of Understanding with the University acknowledging that you will spend the equivalent of 5 clinical semesters (Year 3, Year 4 and 12 weeks in Year 5) in rural and regional north-west Victoria.

Bonded Medical Place (BMP) students accept the commitment to work in a district of workforce shortage of their choice during their return of service period after graduation. Students are able to apply for CSP, ERC and BMP via VTAC. See the course website for detailed information.

Q.  Do ERC students have to do all their clinical placements in rural or regional teaching hospitals?
A.  No, ERC students are able to undertake the majority of their final year undergraduate training in metropolitan teaching hospitals.

Q.  Do ERC students have to come from a rural background?
A.  No, the ERC stream is open to students from rural or urban backgrounds.

Q.  As an ERC student, do I do all my clinical training in Bendigo?
A.  No, ERC students undertake clinical training in Mildura, Bendigo, and north-west Victorian towns including Gisborne, Woodend, Castlemaine, Maryborough, Kerang and Swan Hill.