General Information for Undergraduate Students

Student Email/Contact Details

It is a requirement of the University that students ensure their contact details listed on the student database are current. The Faculty of Medicine requires all students to regularly check their UNSW assigned student email for the dissemination of information.

Any official correspondence from the St George and Sutherland Clinical School will be sent to students UNSW email address so it is advised that if they wish, students redirect their UNSW emails to their personal email address.

For further information on how to redirect email, please visit this link

Student Policies/code of conduct


At St George and Sutherland Hospitals, medical students are reminded that there are formalities that need to be observed when seeing and talking to and about patients:

  • Students must be professionally dressed at all times. All students must clearly display their identification badges.
  • The Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) should be contacted on arrival to the ward, or, if they are not available, ask for the patient's nurse to check if it is appropriate to approach a particular patient.
  • Ask the patient for permission to take their history and or to undertake a physical examination. Identify yourself (full name) and what year you are in.
  • All patients have the right to refuse such permission and this right must be respected. Such permission may be obtained by medical or nursing staff on the students' behalf
  • Do not ask inappropriate questions or questions of an offensive nature
  • Do not speak about patients in public areas, like lifts or where other people can overhear your conversations, as it is a breach of patient confidentiality

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are familiar with the

1) Faculty of Medicine Student Policies for Undergraduate Students

2) Policy on Hospital’s Infection Control Policy

3) Occupational Screening and Vaccination Policy

4) Code of conduct at wards policies


Compulsory Online Training

SESLHD have implemented an online mandatory training for all new and existing students, this training MUST BE COMPLETED BY ALL STUDENTS as soon as possible.

With new WHS legislation it is important that SESLHD assists those visiting and working in the Hospital campuses with their new requirements. To assist with this, SESLHD have developed an online training session which only takes 15 mins to complete. It is accessible externally and must be completed as soon as possible.

Please read the instructions as to how to complete this training and then follow the link to complete the training  - when registering you must register yourself and note the non-employee status in the drop down list.

Once you have completed the Training you will be issued an electronic Certificate. You are required to forward the electronic copy to the Clinical Teaching Unit to advise the appropriate hospital of your completion.   

Academic Misconduct

The Council approved the introduction of new rules and procedures for dealing with cases of student misconduct.

Dress Code and Appearance

Medical students are expected to dress in a clean and tidy, professional manner at all times, particularly when attending the wards or clinics. Male students are asked to wear a tie. Both male and female students must dress in a modest and professional manner. Inappropriate footwear is discouraged for health and safety reasons.

Fingernails should be kept short, particularly important when doing physical examinations on patients which ALL students should be doing regularly. Hair must be kept neat.


In accordance with the Faculty of Medicine vaccination policy all students are requested to be immunised against the following:  Rubella, measles, mumps, hepatitis B (HBV) and tuberculosis (TB). Students may contact the Clinical Teaching Unit at St George to get information to make arrangements for vaccinations.


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