Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Anaesthetics Department

Information for Medical Students

All students of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sydney, attached to RPAH (Central) Clinical School, spend some time doing anaesthetics in our department as part of their course. Information about this can be obtained from the Clinical School.

Additionally, our department is happy to invite applications from both Australian and overseas medical students to do their student elective (option) terms with us. We can offer experience in operating room anaesthesia as well as various out-of-theatre roles such as pain management.

All such students must be registered for the term with the University of Sydney and specific information about this may be found below. Further details may also be available from John Loadsman, the elective co-ordinator for the Department of Anaesthetics. If you wish to do a term in another specialty or at one of the other hospitals associated with the University of Sydney you might be able to obtain contact information from Duriye Varol in the Clinical School (see below).

Before contacting us, however, please be aware that the RPAH Department of Anaesthetics is generally limited to a maximum of three elective students at any time for various practical reasons. There are also times of the year when the hospital goes on low activity (one week either side of Easter and for the week prior to Christmas until the last week of January). Theatre attachments for medical students will be extremely limited during those periods and we therefore discourage applications from students for those times.

Important note:

Enquiries about vocational positions only for Australian residents (ie registrar positions leading to ANZCA fellowship and provisional fellowships) in our department should go to Dr Michael Paleologos.

Enquiries about intern or RMO terms in the department should go in the first instance to the RPAH Clinical Training Unit.

All enquiries about training positions for overseas visitors should be made to Dr Michael Paleologos.

Medical students wishing to organise an option or elective term in our Department should contact Duriye Varol at the University of Sydney.

For further information the following people should be contacted:

University of Sydney Central Clinical School

Elective Information Sheet

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (a teaching hospital affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney) is divided into five clinical divisions, each containing a number of specialty units. These divisions are Laboratory Services, Medical Imaging Services, Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Surgery.

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s major departments include: Anaesthetics, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dermatology, Ear Nose & Throat, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Head & Neck Surgery, Haematology, Intensive Care, Melanoma Unit, Neurology, Oncology (Surgical & Medical), Palliative Care, Forensic Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Upper GIT Surgery, Vascular Surgery.

Please specify which department you wish to complete your elective in. eg: Upper GI Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Immunology, Neurology, etc.

Students wishing to apply at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital are required to contact:

Ms Duriye Varol
Electives Coordinator
Clinical Education Centre
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Building 63, Level 4
Missenden Road

Telephone: (612) 9515 7245
Facsimile: (612) 9515 8173
E-mail Duriye

When applying for an elective the following information is required:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proposed dates
  • Professional and personal reasons for wishing to undertake an elective at this hospital.
  • If interested in clinical work, an indication of the preferred medical and/or surgical speciality(ies) for attachment.
  • If interested in research, details of the proposed study.
  • Letter of recommendation from the Dean of the university/medical school formally supporting the proposed elective.
  • Insurance documents. Students are required to provide written proof from their university or other appropriate body (in English or with a certified translation) that they are covered by insurance for public and professional liability (including medical malpractice) while doing their elective in Australia. Personal health insurance and or travel insurance should be arranged before coming to Australia.


It should be noted that elective placements under the Faculty of Medicine are for a maximum of eight weeks. (On some occasions placements will be accepted for a longer period but will incur a fee of AUD$500.00 for every week of the elective placement.)

Please note that we are only able to place elective students in their final or penultimate year of Medicine.

Once an application has been accepted, the hospital charges a non-refundable* fee of A$500.00 for a period of four weeks and AUD$650.00 for a period of up to eight weeks in the form of a bank cheque drawn on an Australian bank, or by Visa Card/Mastercard. The fee is due eight weeks after confirmation of the elective and if not received, we will automatically cancel the placement.

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney charges an enrolment fee of AUD$100.00.

* In extenuating circumstances application for partial refund will be considered.