All processing of Clerkship placements has been put on hold until further notice due to the current COVID-19 situation. Please check back intermittently for any further updates.

How to Apply for a Clerkship

Please ensure that you’ve read all Clerkship information before you start your application and that you have the correct supporting documents.  

  1. Submit an initial online application with all your contact details, requested dates and specialisation/discipline preferences.
  2. A part-completed application form will be emailed to you to download. The downloaded application must be given to your medical school for completion and sign-off.
  3. Supporting documents must then be posted or couriered to the Clerkship Coordinator. At this stage of the application process, emailed or faxed copies will not be accepted.

Important details to note:

  • Your application will not progress until the Clerkship Coordinator receives all supporting documents.
  • Applications for the UNSW Medical Clerkships program are subject to the availability of clinical resources and an offer can be withdrawn at any time. UNSW Medicine can only potentially offer one specialisation/discipline placement per student and cannot split a placement between different specialisations, disciplines, units or hospitals.
  • With the exception of Paediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology, you must select your top three specialisation/discipline preferences, in order of your preference from the list of areas of study.    
  • If your top three specialisation/discipline choices are not available, the Clerkship Co-ordinator will consult with you.

Required Supporting Documents

Make sure you have prepared the documents listed below to support your application.

These documents are required to support your application: 

Your application form should be printed with the last page of the application completed and endorsed by your medical school.

Students applying from a non-English speaking Medical School must provide evidence of English Proficiency. 

A Letter of Good Standing should be provided from your medical school.

You will need your institution to issue you with an academic transcript.  

You must provide evidence of the medical indemnity insurance from your medical school while you are on Clerkship. This must indicate that you are covered for professional medical indemnity, not only travel and personal health insurance.

You must provide your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.    

PLEASE NOTE - If you are applying for a Trauma placement with the Trauma Department, Liverpool Hospital, an outline of your interest in, and reasons for placement must also accompany the CV.

You’ll need a Criminal Record Statement from the appropriate authority in your country. 

  • Australian applicants must obtain a National Police Certificate issued by a state or territory police service. You can check how to obtain this in your state or territory with your local police service. 
  • International students must provide a criminal record check/statement from the appropriate authority within their own country at the time of application. You’re required to forward this statement to UNSW with the application form. Once an offer of placement has been made, international students will also have to provide an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Check certificate. An online application and payment option can be found at AFP certificates.  

When completing your police check application indicate the following: 

  • Purpose Type: Commonwealth purpose/Employment 
  • Purpose of check: Care of children/Intellectually disabled/Aged Care staff/volunteers (Code 37 for paper applications) 
  • Type of Check: Name Check Only (fingerprints are not necessary). 
  1. Upon receipt of your initial supporting documents, a request for your preferred placement will be forwarded to your preferred hospital via the relevant UNSW Medicine Clinical School. 
  2. If a placement and supervisor can be secured, an offer will be emailed to you. PLEASE NOTE - it can take up to six weeks before you know the outcome of your request. 
  3. Accepting Your Offer: 
    1. To secure your placement you’ll be required to complete the Clerkship Administration fee payment and upload your ‘Acceptance of Offer’ within two weeks of receiving your placement offer, or your placement will be withdrawn. 
    2. All relevant immunisation and Criminal Record Check paperwork, as required by the NSW Department of Health, must be uploaded to your application as soon as possible and at least eight weeks prior to your placement commencement date. Initial checking of your paperwork will be undertaken by a health professional to ensure you comply with NSW Health regulations. 
  4.  Two weeks before your Clerkship commencement date, you’ll receive an email from the Clerkships Co-ordinator with further information and instructions for obtaining your UNSW student ID card and where to report on your first day of placement. 

Applications for Clerkships must be made directly through the Clerkship Co-ordinator, Medicine Education & Student Office (MESO), using the application form and not to individual hospitals. 

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NOTE: Applications for 2020 Clerkship placements have now closed