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Medical Education - Undergraduate

Cabrini Clinical School


Since 2006 the Cabrini-Monash Clinical School has been responsible for delivering the Monash University MBBS curriculum to third year students. The program has continued to develop providing supervised and assessed clinical placements for Monash MBBS years 4 and 5.

In 2015 Cabrini extended its teaching to accommodate the University of Notre Dame final year students. 


Third Year MBBS 

Clinical placement/bedside teaching/mentoring

Third year Monash students are placed at Cabrini for the entire year. They are rotated through the medical and surgical disciplines to provide a broad exposure to both clinical problems and learning opportunities. Bedside clinical skills are taught by the clinical tutors, registrars and fifth year medical students. Vertical integration of all levels of students and doctors allows for diversity in teaching styles.

Every Wednesday the Cabrini students come together with the Central Clinical school cohort from The Alfred, Epworth and Peninsula to attend their core curriculum teaching at The Alfred. This includes lectures, tutorials, presentations and some procedural sessions.

Fourth Year MBBS 

Specialty Clinical Practices – Children’s Health

Fourth year Monash students are placed on 4 week rotations in Paediatrics. Students are assessed by bedside tutorials, observed clinical examinations, case reports both oral and written and submission of their clinical clerkship assessment record.  Students also attend various small group and case based tutorials during their rotation.

Mentor Week – Women's Health

Fourth year Monash students participate in a one week placement in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a mentor who practices at Cabrini. Up to 4 students are accommodated in any one week, each allocated to a different mentor.

Fifth Year MBBS 

Clinical Placement

Fifth year Monash students have 6 week clinical placements in medicine, emergency, anaesthesia/pain management, aged care and general surgery to provide a ‘pre-intern’ experience. Fifth year students are expected to contribute to third year bedside teaching and mentoring. Students are assessed by way of professional behaviour forms and a Pre-Intern Appraisal assessment.

Electives for Monash students are subject to availability. To enquire please email Jennie McInerney.

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Notre Dame Medical Students 

Cabrini has extended its teaching to accommodate final year University of Notre Dame medical students.  Cabrini offers 4 week placements in the following disciplines:

  • Cardiology
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Orthopaedics, Neurology & Rehabilitation
Why do your undergrad at Cabrini?

The Cabrini program has a strong emphasis on professional behaviour and role modelling for medical practice.  Cabrini has a small cohort of students who get access to many patients and over 120 consultant specialists who offer weekly tutorials, single lectures or time in their rooms, theatre or clinics. Cabrini has a patient population with diverse spectrum of illness. All staff at Cabrini value students for their contribution to our community.

Final years receive a lot of one-on-one time with their direct supervisors and are actively involved in ward rounds and academic meetings.

Students have the option of doing a Bachelor of Medical Science at Cabrini.

  • Comprehensive and unique health service
  • Low student numbers
  • Involvement in three hospital sites: Malvern (high acuity care), Brighton (medium acuity care) and Prahran (palliative care)
  • Availability of junior medical staff (registrars and fellows) for teaching
Student Testimonials

The staff and patients at Cabrini are very interested in promoting learning and are welcoming to students. I think we have all developed a lot over the year, and I am very grateful for the experience

Thank you to all the staff who made this year what it was. The general consensus amongst all of us 3B students is that we will miss Cabrini dearly, and how much it has benefited us all.

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Medical Undergraduate Education Staff 

Director Medical Education, Clinical Dean

A/Prof. David Brewster 


Grad Cert Hlth Prof Ed

Director Medical Education, Cabrini Health 

Clinical Dean, Monash University Cabrini Clinical School

Deputy Director Intensive Care, Cabrini Health

David graduated from Monash University before completing fellowships with both the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia (ANZCA) and the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM). He has also completed a graduate certificate in Health Professional Education at Monash University which has led to his enrolment in a PhD at Monash University in the field of medical education with Professor Charlotte Rees.

David has had significant experience in developing and implementing medical educational activities. Recently he co-founded and authored the “Beyond BASIC: Airway Management” course, which has now trained almost 500 doctors (trainees in anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and emergency medicine) and is currently running internationally. Further to this, he has held a variety of undergraduate teaching roles for the medical school at Monash University since 2006, including PBL coordination at Monash Health Clinical School in 2013. In postgraduate medical education, David has been the supervisor of training (SOT) at Cabrini Health (for CICM and ANZCA) since 2015 and the Supervisor of Medical Education in Intensive Care from 2013 until recently.


Clinical Site Administrator

Jennie McInerney

Ph: 03 9508 3435

Undergraduate Student Coordinator Notre Dame

Leesa Horrigan

Ph: 03 9508 3491

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