South Western Sydney Clinical School

MD Students

The SWSCS plays a major role in undergraduate medical education within the UNSW program. Student teaching is based largely on clinical encounters with patients in hospitals, in general practices, specialists’ rooms and in the community. This patient based learning is tracked to ensure adequate coverage of the curriculum and is supplemented by formal lectures, tutorials and bedside teaching. The clinical attachments rotate through the major disciplines of medicine, surgery, community health and general practice, emergency medicine and anaesthetics and intensive care. 

The pages below provide resources for prospective and current students in the MD program studying in south western Sydney. 

The Faculty provides a range of information on Applying to the UNSW Medicine Program. Use the range of information on these pages along with the Undergraduate Handbook to answer your queries regarding admission and if you have any further questions please contact the Medicine Education and Student Office.

Welcome to the South Western Sydney Clinical School. The School is based in the fastest growing and clinically diverse part of Sydney. Because of this the School provides an opportunity to learn in some of Sydney’s newest clinical and learning environments and with some of the most interesting clinical material that you will encounter as part of your training.

Training at the South Western Sydney Clinical School provides a very unique experience with a lot of diversity and patient contact. Training across multiple sites with the latest in teaching technology means that there is much to experience. 

As a SWSCS Phase 1 student, you may be allocated to Liverpool, Fairfield or Bankstown hospital to undertake the early stages of your clinical learning. During Phase 1, Clinical Tutorials will be held at your allocated hospital on a fortnightly basis. 

SWSCS Phase 2 students will undertake four terms within south western Sydney Hospitals: Adult Health 1, Adult Health 2, Oncology and Palliative Care and Aged Care and Rehabiliation.

SWSCS Phase 3 students will undertake 10 courses throughout Phase 3, five of which are coordinated by SWSCS: Medicine, Surgery, Emergency/Selective, Selective and PRINT. 

In all Clinical years, SWSCS students will be accessing the Ingham Institute Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre which is managed by UNSW. You are encouraged to make a time to meet the Centre staff, and to familiarise yourself with the layout of the facilities. 

UNSW has made a very significant investment in providing facilities for students at the Liverpool and Bankstown campuses. These facilities include study and social areas where students can relax away from the business of the wards.

The Independent Learning Project (ILP) or Honours projects, undertaken by all Phase 2 students, aims to enable students to gain some insight into how medical knowledge is acquired through the completion of a research-related project.

This Medal, named in honour of the inaugural SWSCS Clinical Associate Dean, Professor Ian Webster, was instituted in 2007 as a means of recognising outstanding performance by a student studying medicine, surgery and critical care terms in south western Sydney.

The Tom Gibian Prize, named in honour of the foundation warden of the Bankstown campus of South Western Sydney Clinical School recognises student leadership amongst final year students.

The South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW Australia offers Clerkships (electives) through our clinical teaching sites at Liverpool, Bankstown-Lidcombe and Fairfield Hospitals to non-UNSW medical students. The duration of the Clerkship is between 4 weeks (minimum) to 8 weeks (maximum).

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