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Overseas electives

As part of your two fourth year electives terms, you have the opportunity to seek placement elsewhere in Australia or anywhere in the world provided that the term is considered to be appropriate for your professional development.

You will organise your own elective within certain parameters and further information is provided during your third year.

Scholarships available to assist students undertaking an international experience include:

 

Electives with partner institutions

Electives and exchange opportunities exist through relationships that Flinders University has with partner institutions abroad.

You are invited to submit expression of interest in these during third year. Applications close July 31 each year for placements the following year. All fourth year electives are conditional on successful completion of third year.

Register your interest via the online form

 

Asia

China - Central South University

Places

6 students per year

Length

6 to 8 weeks

Type

Some choice as to specialty areas may be provided, although not all areas of the 1st, 2nd or 3rd Xiangya hospitals in Changsha can host students.

Language

Chinese language skills are not required as many of the host doctors speak English. However, it is anticipated that you will learn sufficient phrases and terms to assist with polite greetings and social interactions.

Accommodation

Assistance with accommodation provided by CSU.

Scholarships

Two placements are covered by the IMRI Flinders Xiangya Orthopaedic Scholarship for placements in orthopaedics. Information about these scholarships will be available in FLO. Applications close July each year.

Other information:

Flinders and CSU have worked in partnership for more than five years establishing the Joint Research and Education Collaboration Centre, the China-Australia General Practitioner Education, Training and Research Centre, and facilitating joint projects and staff and student exchanges.

CSU website

 

Thailand - Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital

Places

4 students per year

Length

4 weeks

Type

Placements generally involve two week rotations through any of the following departments: Medicine, Orthopaedics, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynaecology and Family Medicine. You can expect to see cases of infectious disease, tropical medicine, diseases of poverty and trauma.

Accommodation

Single room accommodation is available at the hospital. Cost to be advised.

Language

Students can expect to be ‘buddied’ with a senior Thai medical student and a clinician with a high level of English comprehension to assist with any language barriers.

Other information

Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital website

 

Europe & North America

Germany - Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg

Places

2 students per year

Length

4 weeks

Type

You can choose from 40 elective programs such as medicine, surgery, radiology, microbiology, psychiatry and anaesthetics.

Accommodation

Student accommodation is available at a cost of $100-150 per week.

Language
  • English is widely spoken and not all of the elective courses require an understanding of German.
  • Some exposure to the language, such as having studied it in high school, would be useful.
  • Electives in the paediatric and psychiatry departments require fluent German.
Other information

Universitäts Klinikum Freiburg website

 

Canada - Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Places available

2 students per year, but others can still apply

Placement length

4 to 6 weeks

Placement type

This elective involves physician-supervised hands-on training in a family medicine or a specialty discipline arranged by Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and conducted at one of NOSM’s affiliated teaching hospitals or clinics.

Conditions

These placements are restricted to Canadian Flinders University medical students. Application fees are involved.

Accommodation

You are required to source your own accommodation.

Other information

NOSM website