Final year placements in renal medicine in Bendigo

Male consultant talks to female student and female renal patient
Assoc. Prof. Chris Holmes talks to a renal patient and student

Female medical student listening to Chris Holmes





Undertake a final year rotation in Renal in Bendigo with the School of Rural Health Bendigo and Bendigo Health.

Rotation: Renal
Where: Bendigo Health



The Renal 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. The Renal team at Bendigo Health consists of four consultants, one advanced trainee registrar, one intern and 22 clinical staff. As a final year pre-intern student, you will be an integral part of the team and will perform many roles and functions of the intern, including buddying with the intern at least once a week for the late cover shift.

The renal service provides the community with haemodialysis (HD), peritoneal dialysis (PD), chronic kidney disease (CKD) management, pre-transplant work-ups, post transplant care and supportive care management. In addition to allocated hospital beds the renal team manage12 dialysis chairs, treating 48 patients and outpatient clinics for CKD management.

The Renal Unit has links with the Renal Society of Australia, Kidney Health Australia and the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry.

Learning opportunities

The department runs an active teaching program for undergraduates, junior doctors, registrars and consultants including:

  • weekly Grand Round
  • weekly tutorials
  • daily ward rounds/bedside teaching
  • Journal Club
  • renal education meetings
  • multidisciplinary meetings

There are also separate teaching programs for students through Monash and for residents and registrars in the hospital.

Pre-internship position

There is one pre-intern position with the renal team. This position is entrenched within the team and is a fully integrated member with specific responsibilities that are appropriate for students preparing for independent practice as interns. As a pre-intern, you will:

  • undertake a pre-intern role within the unit, by ‘shadowing’ the renal intern
  • work within the Renal Admissions Unit and Dialysis Unit under registrar supervision
  • attend renal clinics and clerk patients, presenting them to the consultant
  • review a specified number of patients, under supervision, at weekly clinics and demonstrate good note taking and letter writing skills
  • have direct experience in performing clinical procedures relevant to the practice of renal medicine
  • develop assessment skills in renal medicine.