Exchange Conditions of AMSA-Australia

Working Conditions
Languages
English
(Excellent)
Required
Languages Remarks
- Native speakers of English from UK, USA, and Canada will not require additional proof of language ability.
- All other countries, please check with the NEO before applying, who will contact the LC, as documentation (IELTS or TOEFL) may be required. If a student's English is not deemed sufficient, the LC has the right to cancel the clerkship immediately.
Clerkship Type
- Clinical Clerkship
A clinical clerkship is defined as the rotation of a student in a clinical department of a hospital or clinic, such as Dermatology and Pediatrics.
Required level of studies
Final year students only.
Graduated students allowed
No

Even if accepted by the hosting country, students must be still enrolled in university by the time the Application Form is sent.
Clerkship Duration
4 weeks, 7 hours a day, 5 days per week
Dress code
Casual
What to Bring
- Stethoscope
- Material
Academic Quality

Students are expected to bring and fill out the logbook of their own NMO. If students do not have their own logbook, a copy of our AMSA logbook will be provided by the Local Committee. Attendance sheets will also be supplied.

 

Nightshifts
No
Special Remarks

Start time for most disciplines is generally 7am or 8am, although this will vary depending on the city and department. Hospital Regulations must be followed, so too will the AMSA and IFMSA Codes of Conduct. A Behioural Expectations form detailing this must be signed by students on arrival.

On the wards, a stethoscope, notebook, and close-toed shoes are requirments. Scrubs, for students on surgical or emergency medicine clerkships, will typically be supplied. While the dress code for both genders is generally 'smart casual', for men it is generally advisable to bring a semi-formal suit & tie, and for women to wear no short skirts nor plunging necklines.

Towns
Calendar

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Cities Remarks
Calendar Remarks

- Melbourne LC: Applications for Dec/Jan/Feb are given preference. Limited spaces available in other months. 

- Perth LC: Only applications for Nov/Dec/Jan are available.

Please note the holiday period in Australia late December to first week in January when hospital departments will not take students due to staff on leave. For this reason, the elective period may not overlap exactly the calendar month.

Disciplines
Disciplines

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Disciplines Remarks

- Melbourne LC, University of Melbourne: most disciplines are available except Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

- Melbourne LC: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, Haematology, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Surgery (Cardiothoracic), Surgery (Colorectal), Surgery (Hepatobiliary/Upper GI), Surgery (Neurosurgery ), Surgery (Orthopaedics), Surgery (Plastics), Emeregency Medicine, and Palliative Care are all available. Please note Paediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology (Women's Health) are unavailable.

- Melbourne LC: Austin Hospital: Most Disicples are available except Indigenous Health, Paediatrics, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dermatology, Obstetrics / Gynaecology (Women’s Health), Infectious diseases, General Practice, Plastics and Breast surgery

- Melbroune LC: Royal Melbourne Hospital: Most Disciplines are available except General Medicine and General Surgery. Please note that for Neurosurgery and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, a formal email request addressed to the Head of Department is required. Also note Paediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology (Women's Health) are unavailable.

- Perth LC (All Hospitals): most Disicples are available.

Please forward any questions or requsts to the relevant LEOs via the NEO-In

General
Pocket money
None AUD
Boarding
- Hospital
Lodging
- Student hostel
- Host family
- Student flat
- Dormitory
Social Program
Student with disabilities
Yes
Couples
No
Link to ExPlore Page
Special Remarks
Application Form
Deadline
12Months
Unilateral fee
700 AUD
Payment details for unilateral fee
Unilateral contracts not offered for 2020-2021
Visa requirements
Visa requirements are solely the responsibility of the student. AMSA bear no liability should the student be denied a visa or refused entry into the country. Australia has STRICT visa requirements. Students should contact/visit their local Australian Embassy explain their placement and enquire what visa is deemed necessary. Students have previously encountered difficulties that could have been avoided by contacting the embassy.

Check to see if your country is part of the visa waiver program. Issue of visa will take at least 8-12 weeks. Do not leave it too late!

Link to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (or any other website that provides official information on visa)
Special Remarks
Applications for Exchange must be sent 12 months in advance.
Card Of Documents
Standard documents
- Health Insurance
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 1(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Passport copy(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Photo(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Curriculum Vitae(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Health Insurance
Format
- Card of Document
- Language certificate(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 2
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 3
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 4
Format
- Card of Document
- MRSA Test
Format
- Card of Document
- Other
Format
- Card of Document
- Recommendation Letter
Format
- Card of Document
- Student record (Subjects passed)
Format
- Card of Document
- Tuberculosis test
Format
- Card of Document
- Vaccination Card
Format
- Card of Document
- SCOPE Terms and Conditions(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Immunisation Record
Format
- Card of Document
- Liability Insurance
Format
- Card of Document
Special documents
None
Upon Arrival documents
None
The standard documents are the basic documents that the students are asking for and the special documents are less important, as only some Local Committees ask for them. So it's mandatory to upload the standard documents, but not the special ones. (Students do it when asked for by the LEO/NEO.)
The upon arrival documents are hard copies documents that the students are requested to take with them in the host country.”
Immunization requirements

There are no mandatory shots required to enter Australia, however, LCs should be contacts to enquire about Immunisation Requirements under individual Hospital Policies. 

Students attending the Perth LC must present themselves approximately a week earlier for MRSA testing. Testing involves having nose, hand, and wrist swabs taken to check for the presence of MRSA, followed by appropriate treatment if required. The cost of testing is AUD40, and student s will not be allowed to see patients until status is clear.


Insurance
There are a number of forms of insurance students need to have before coming to Australia for Exchange. These include:

-
Health Insurance: this covers expenses linked to health issues (if you have to see a doctor and buy drugs on prescription)
- Travel Insurance: tihis covers any problems that may arise during your travel such as medical emergency, trip interruption or cancellation, lost or stolen baggage or travel documents, and default protection.
- Liability Insurance: this covers expenses related to damages you can cause to objects or people outside from your professional duties.
- Malpractice (Medical Indemnity) insurance: It covers you if you harm patients during your professional duties at the hospital and you get sued.

Students need to have: Health, Travel, Liability, and Malpractice Insurances to come to Australia. They must get the three first ones from their home country. For the Malpractice insurance, they can either get it from their home country prior to coming or can see below for some suggested Australian organisations to buy it.

Temporary malpractice insurance can be purchased from Medical Defense Organisations in Australia:

- MDA National www.mdanational.com.au
- Medical Insurance Group Australia www.miga.com.au
- Medical Indemnity Insurance www.miiaa.com.au
- Medical Indemnity Protection Society www.mips.com.au
- Avant www.avant.org.au

Deadline
48 Weeks

Special remarks

Digital documents required:
Following documents must be included in the Card of Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (to include in AF)
  • Motivation letter 1 (to include in AF)
  • Motivation Letter 2 (to include in AF)
  • Motivation Letter 3 (to include in AF)
  • Motivation Letter 4 (to include in AF)
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel Insruance
  • Liability Insurance
  • Malpractice (Medical Indemnity) Insurance 
  • Language certificate (IELTS or TOEFL, where applicable) (to include in AF)
  • Passport copy (to include in AF)
  • Photo(to include in AF) 
  • SCOPE Terms & Conditions (to include in AF)

All documents must be in or translated into English, scanned in colour, sent digitally, stamped and on letter headed paper.

Students may be required to submit additional documents/completed forms specific to the hospital. The LEOs will contact students to arrange this. You must reply or clerkship will be cancelled). 

Upon arrival documents:
Following documents have to be brought upon arrival in original format:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Liability Insurance
  • Malpractice (Medical Indemnity) Insurance
  • Language certificate (IELTS or TOEFL, where applicable) 
  • Vaccination card
  • MRSA Test, TB Test
  • Valid Visa
  • Passport copy
  • Photo
  • Recommendation Letter 1 (from Dean, submitted under 'Recommendation Letter')
  • Recommendation Letter 2 (from another Academic, submitted under 'Other)
  • Recommendation Letter 3 (from another Academic, submitted under 'Other)
  • Student record (Subjects passed)
  • SCOPE Terms & Conditions
Please bring all original documents when you arrive. Failure to provide original documents upon arrival, incomplete applications or no medical indemnity are grounds for termination of the clerkship and you will be sent home immediately.

To reiterate, the Application Deadline is 12 MONTHS before the equested date. The NEO will NOT accept paper documents at MM of that season. Graduated students will NOT be accepted into the program.

Card of Acceptance
Deadline
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Card of Confirmation
Deadline
4 Weeks
Special remarks
Please sent CCs as soon as possible
Cancellations
Deadline
12 Weeks
Special remarks
Substitutions
Deadline
12 Weeks
Special remarks

Substitutions can only be made in the same time period, department and city. The replacement student must bring original CA and the substitution letter.

Additional Information
Update Date
07/24/2020 15:24
Validation Date
07/15/2019 00:00
Special remarks
Room/board is not provided for partners. 

Incoming students will be held accountable for any damage incurred during clerkship. Complaints of misconduct in any form will result in the cancellation of the clerkship, as per the Behavioural Expectations From signed on arrival at the clerklsihip.