UnitingCare Health provides several educational opportunities for medical students across the group.
The UnitingCare Health Clinical School (UCHCS) assists visiting students with medical elective placements. UCHCS defines visiting students as those who are seeking to enrol in medical elective placements while they are enrolled at another institution within Queensland, interstate, or external to Australia. UCHCS takes care of all placements at The Wesley Hospital, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and Sunshine Coast Private Hospital.
The placements are available for electives only and are not to be considered as an intricate assessed placement. UCHCS may extend opportunities for visiting students to attend tutorials, but will not provide summative assessment or formal teaching sessions for your approved elective placement.
We offer placements in a wide range of medical and surgical disciplines and will try to accommodate your first preference where possible. Please note that there is a non-refundable enquiry fee of AUD $150 (+GST) and a non-refundable placement fee of AUD $500. UCHCS cannot guarantee the availability of clinical placements.
My name is Anna Kermond and I am 22 and originally from Gympie. I’m a fourth year medical student from Bond University, which I started after one year of Pharmacy at Griffith University.
The Wesley Hospital and the UnitingCare Health Clinical School is uniquely brilliant for many reasons. A big plus for me was the one-on-one teaching I received from consultants. These are people at the top of their field and I was fortunate enough to follow them around and absorb their knowledge in an everyday working setting, not just a classroom. Another positive experience was all the supporting staff – heads of school, the admin team, allied health and the Wesley volunteers. Everyone was always more than happy to point me in the right direction when I was wondering the halls looking hopelessly lost and for that I am forever grateful. I experienced a very warm welcome from everyone and it would be a privilege to return as part of the Wesley workforce some day.
My name is Oluwayemi Omotoso and I recently graduated from Medicine at The University of Queensland.
I was unsure about doing my rotations in a private hospital having done them for a year in the public system, but I am glad I did.
I had the opportunity to do two rotations at The Wesley Hospital in my final year and I absolutely loved it. The consultants were willing to teach and the best thing about the teaching experience for me was that I was not in competition with any registrar or resident or medical student. I was able to learn at the feet of the consultant directly. You can’t get that at a public hospital most of the time.
My name is Anzel Jansen van Rensburg and I am a fourth year Medical student from Bond University. Prior to starting medicine I completed a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) degree and a postgraduate diploma in Applied Science at QUT.
I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to spend my first clinical year of medicine at The Wesley Hospital. I am very grateful for the time I have spent there. I had the opportunity to learn directly from consultants who are at the forefront of their specialties. The doctors created a friendly and nurturing environment, which made my learning a pleasant experience. They took the time and effort to teach me aspects of medicine which I will carry with me into my career as a doctor.
I would also like to extend my appreciation to Associate Professor John Allan and the clinical school team for all their hard work in coordinating our learning experience.