Final year placements in surgery in Bendigo

Surgeon wearing magnifying glasses explaining surgical instruments to a student, both wearing surgical scrubs
Assoc. Prof. Beth Penington with student, Travis.

Surgeon wearing magnifying glasses demonstrates use of surgical instrument to a student, both wearing surgical scrubs

Close up of student's hand and suturing thread



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

Rotation: surgery
Where: Bendigo Health


The Surgical Unit specialises in a range of surgical conditions including pre- and post-operative care of patients undergoing surgery. The unit includes minor and major abdominal, ear, nose and throat (ENT), head and neck, facio-maxillary, urology, vascular, reconstructive and thoracic surgery.

Bendigo Health runs five theatres and one endoscope theatre. The surgical team is supervised by VMO consultant surgeons. It runs a 24-hour roster of surgical registrars on duty and a team of interns during the day.

In addition to its in-patient work, the department is responsible for almost daily clinics including registrar run clinics and student led clinics.

Learning opportunites

The Surgical Unit is a busy department with an interest and emphasis on teaching and learning across the continuum of training, viz. fellow, registrars, interns and medical students.

As a final year pre-intern student you will be an integral part of the surgical team and perform many of the roles and functions of the 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, and assessment of patients in ED and attendance theatre and day procedure unit.

You will also participate in clinics at Bendigo Health including:

  • a student teaching clinic held once each rotation
  • weekly module teaching with the Director of Surgery
  • weekly team meetings.

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

Pre-internship position

You will:

  • coordinate education sessions delivered to other students by the department
  • become fully conversant with the PACs and RIS systems
  • view and undertake simple image guided procedures such as venepuncture or ascites drainage
  • review the student teaching file individually or with the consultant/registrar.