Final year placements in orthopaedics in Bendigo

Male surgeon with female student examining patient's knee in surgical theatre
Student, Kavia, with Mr Arash Riazi in surgical theatre

Female student applies hammer while surgeon holds surgical instrument on patient's knee

Two male surgeons examine a female patient's wrist


Undertake a final year placement in the Orthopaedics Unit in Bendigo with the School of Rural Health and Bendigo Health.

Rotation: Orthopaedics
Where: Bendigo Health


The 32-bed Orthopaedic Unit cares for patients who have injuries or other problems with their spinal system, such as their bones, joints and muscles. The unit provides a comprehensive range of surgery and emergency care and also accepts trauma patients and referrals from regional hospitals.

The Orthopaedic Unit is served by 10 orthopaedic surgeons who share a 24-hour on-call roster, and a team of three registrars, one resident, and one intern. The registrars provide 24-hour cover throughout the week. The department works very closely with the Emergency Department including a weekly fracture clinic.

In addition to its in-patient work, the unit is responsible for a weekly registrar clinic and the surgeons each have fortnightly clinics.

Learning opportunities

Students will:

  • admit and take full responsibility for ongoing management of a specified number of patients under the direct supervision of the ward resident and senior registrar
  • attend and scrub into theatre with specified minimum number of joint replacements, fracture repairs.
  • review a specified number of patients under supervision at our weekly clinic and demonstrate good note-taking and letter writing skills
  • achieve and demonstrate competence in the presentation and management of orthopaedic conditions.
  • achieve and demonstrate competence in performing venepuncture, IV cannula insertion, insertion of IDCs, ECGs, application of dressings and plasters and suturing
  • shadow the on-call Registrar once a week to experience after hours assessments and acute presentations
  • undertake a buddy shift once a week with the Nursing and Allied Health teams to gain insight into the skills and services provided to the Orthopaedic patients
  • undertake a small teaching or research project that contributes to student learning or patient management in the orthopaedic unit.

Pre-internship position

The Orthopaedic Unit is a busy unit with an interest and emphasis on teaching and learning across the continuum of training, viz. registrars, residents, interns and medical students. During the University semesters, there are undergraduate Monash medical students continuously attached to the department during their third year of training.

As a final year pre-intern student you will be an integral part of the team and perform many of the roles and functions of the resident or intern, but with greater degrees of supervision. You will be based in Bendigo Health for most of your time and will participate in all activities for which this team is responsible including daily ward rounds, clerking of new patients, assessment of patients in ED and scrubbing in at theatre lists. You will also participate in clinics at Bendigo Health and assist in theatre at the private hospital, St John of God. We also anticipate offering small research or teaching projects to each of our final year students for one day of each week during their six-week placement.