Volunteering in Clinical Examinations

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We all want highly skilled, empathetic future doctors. To help achieve that goal, every September and November, UNSW Medicine & Health conducts clinical exams for junior and senior medical students in a variety of locations. Volunteering as a Simulated Patient (SP) is a great way to get involved in these important exams.

Requirements for the exams depend on the station question set by our academics and your local clinical school will select their volunteers accordingly.

Discipline opportunities are listed below. Otherwise please click on the clinical school most convenient to you to read about your options.

Our Clinical Campuses

If you live in the Liverpool, Bankstown, Campbelltown, Fairfield or Braedie areas, we would love you to consider volunteering for our SWS Clinical School. Located at Liverpool Hospital, Burnside Drive, there are two train stations within a 10-15 minute walk (Liverpool and Warwick Farm).  Alternatively, participants who wish to drive can park for free on site.  In some cases, taxi vouchers can also be made available.

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Located in the heart of Darlinghurst, St Vincent’s is easily accessible from the north of the harbour, Inner West and the Eastern Suburbs. The clinical exams take place in the De lacy building on Victoria Street. Free parking is on offer however being in the city, this can be tricky! We therefore encourage the use of the excellent public transport options to the area or taxi chits are readily available to make it easier for you to attend.

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If you live within the George’s River or Bayside Council areas, St George Campus is located alongside the St George Hospital in Kogarah. Easily accessible to volunteers either by public transport (with a healthy 10-minute walk) or by car, with parking provided.

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Residents of the Sutherland Shire are very welcome to volunteer at our clinical school based in Caringbah. Driving here is easy with plenty of free parking on offer.

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The Prince of Wales Clinical School is well located for residents from all over the Eastern Suburbs or the city. Easily reached via the light rail (L2) line, parking is limited but not impossible. Exams are typically held in the Bright Alliance Building, off Avoca Street.

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Our Disciplines

As part of the clinical examinations for students in their final year, we need volunteers for stations relating to Psychiatry. This role involves learning a pre-written Mental Health scenario on depression, psychological distress, specific phobia or similar. (i.e. never speaking from experience) with notes on how to answer the students questions. An online training session will be provided a week or so prior to the exam. You will be able to discuss in detail the scenario and expected responses to help you prepare for the role. On the day, you will be interviewed by students in 12-minute rotations over a 3–4-hour session. 

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We are always needing female volunteers aged between 20-60 years to participate in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) exam stations. This involves acting with a scenario which will test the students’ ability to take a history and form a diagnosis. On the day, you will be interviewed by students in 12-minute rotations over a 3–4-hour session. No acting skills required and no physical examinations.

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This role involves learning a pre-written scenario regarding an unwell child, whom you will play the parent of (no child will be present). A full child history and notes on how to answer the students’ questions will be provided. It may be beneficial if you are a parent in real life, but this is not essential. On the day, you will be interviewed by students in 12-minute rotations over a 3–4-hour session.

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FAQs

  • Exams take place in morning or afternoon timeslots for up to 4 hours each, with break times.

  • This is to ensure continuity and consistency of each exam station for the examiner and students - and for fairness!

  • After completing the Expression of Interest form, you will be contacted to discuss the exams further.

  • No, these are volunteer roles only.  Refreshments and parking are however offered. 

  • No, non-athletes are welcome

  • No, scenarios are created for the required exam stations so you will never use your own medical history.

  • If taking part in a physical examination, you will always be offered a gown and if there is any exposure required, it is limited.  Nothing invasive of any kind.

  • No, unfortunately, due to the conflict of interest. Please see the EOI form.