Internship at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne


Each year, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne (SVHM) take approximately 66 Interns. This process is done through the Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) Computer Match Process -  

SVHM is proud to support the facilitation of both a part-time Internship program and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Interns at SVHM will learn from the best clinical specialists in Victoria. Our program is designed to provide you with the teaching, training, and clinical experience that you need to develop your knowledge and technical skills within a large public hospital environment.

Interns will rotate through terms at both the Fitzroy campus at St Vincent’s Hospital, and a variety of external rotations including:

  • The Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Werribee Mercy Hospital
  • Western District Health Service – Hamilton Base Hospital
  • Southwest Healthcare – Warrnambool Hospital
  • Swan Hill Hospital

We are looking for prospective interns who:

  • Embody the values and culture of SVHM.
  • Are committed to providing high quality and safe patient-centred care
  • Work well in inter-professional teams.
  • Value the well-being of their colleagues, team and themselves, and understand how attending to these needs can improve patient care.
  • Are motivated to learn, and develop their skills in knowledge in clinical medicine, research and teaching.
  • Interested in further career development at SVHM

    Opportunities to meet us
  • AMA Careers Expo – Saturday the 2nd of May, 2020
  • SVHM Intern Open Evening – May, 2020

Medical Education

St. Vincent's has a strong commitment to supporting our junior medical staff navigate their training, and particularly this important transition from medical school to internship and beyond.


  • Each unit has a designated Supervisor who will meet with you regularly during your intern year to provide feedback and support.
  • Each of the Training Programs has a designated Supervisor.
  • For Interns and prevocational trainees there are tow Supervisors of Prevocational Training: Dr Genni Newnham and Dr Brendan Morrissey.

The Medical Education Team

  • The medical Education Team includes: Dr Genni Newnham, Dr Brendan Morrissey (Supervisors of Prevocational Training) our Medical Education Officer, Rachel Green and Manager of Early Careers Programs Jade Murphy.
  • Their role is to support you as you transition from medical student to Intern, provide a comprehensive weekly education program, including training in clinical and procedural skills, regular support and response to welfare concerns, feedback sessions at the end of each term and advocacy when needed.
  • The Medical Education Team are located at St Vincent's Hospital's Education and Learning Centre, on the 3rd Floor of the Healy Building (Building C).


  • Interns are provided with a three day compulsory, comprehensive orientation to St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne.
  • The orientation program includes:
    • Meeting our CEO and understanding the culture and values of our Hospital
    • Combines information sessions with a focus on interactive skill-based sessions including: Basic Life Support, Airway Management, IV Insertion and Urinary Catheter Insertion to ensure you are confident and ready to start
    • Orientation finishes with a shadow shift day that allows new Interns to spend a shift in their new role, learning on the job with the outgoing Intern

Junior Medical Workforce

The Junior Medical Workforce Unit (JMWFU) is available to provide support and advice to Interns, HMOs, Registrars, Fellows, as well as specific medical/surgical departments where the Junior Medical Staff (JMS) work. We work closely with other business departments under People & Corporate Support including medical education, human resources, payroll, clinical units; and also external agencies such as Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV), Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Department of Immigration and Tertiary Universities.

The team consists of Clinical Director - Neil Cunningham, Senior HR Consultant - Karen Samuel, and other dedicated resources who are dedicated to the career management and development of our Junior Medical Workforce. 

The Unit primarily addresses and facilitates the following functions:

  • Manage all Human Resource (HR) and Employment Relation (ER) aspects for St. Vincent’s Hospital Junior Medical Staff.
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Appointments, Contracts and Payroll processes
  • Credentialing and Onboarding
  • Rotation and Roster allocation
  • Feedback meetings and sessions with JMS

Application Process

  • Applications open through Workday and PMCV Website
  • SVHM Intern Interviews – June, 2020
  • 2021 Intern Results Released through PMCV Computer Match Website – July 2020
Short-listing Process for SVHM 2020 Internship
All SVHM clinical school applicants will be offered an interview. External applicants receive an offer of interview on the basis of their CV, cover letter, clinical referee reports, personal interview and academic history. The Computer Matching process matches the hospital’s ranking of candidates with the candidate’s preference of hospital. Interviews consist of a 10 minute face-to-face interview with two members of SVHM senior medical staff. You will be advised about interviews via email invitation.
External applicants receive an offer of interview based on their Academic Transcript and CV and cover letter.
Interviews consist of a 10 minute face-to-face interview with two members of SVHM senior medical staff. You will be advised about interviews via email invitation.


PMCV Computer Matching for 2021 Internship Positions
  • Like all Victorian intern positions, all our intern posts are allocated through the PMCV Intern Matching Service.
  • Internship eligibility and matching to all the hospitals in Victoria is governed by PMCV in conjunction with the Victorian Government funding body, Department of Health and Human Services.
  • To be eligible for Internship in Victoria you must be a graduate of a Victorian University or a Victorian permanent resident. Graduates of interstate Universities or full-fee paying Victorian graduates can still apply for a limited number of places. Refer to PMCV guidelines and website for full details.

Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQs)

What if I’m offered an interview, but can’t attend in person? We are only able to interview within the timeframe provided because of the PMCV and Computer Match requirements. You will be able to select the date and time of your preference. Telephone interviews can be offered if required and will not place you at any disadvantage 
What type of questions will be asked at interview?  A selection of general and clinical questions, with an opportunity for you to ask questions if desired.
What are the potential intern rotations in 2020? Refer to the list below 
If I am successful, how will my rotation preference allocation be processed?

Once you are confirmed as a 2020 intern, you will be provided with the Master Intern Roster. You will also be provided with a preference form to complete and return to Junior Medical Workforce Unit.

We do our best to accommodate requests and preferences, within the frame of ensuring you complete the core elements of training required to achieve General Registration and ensure staffing to support optimal patient care. 

I completed training at another Hospital – would this affect my ability for selection? No – many of our SVHM doctors undertook their training at other clinical schools. 
I am an Interstate applicant – what are the chances of securing a position at SVHM? The PMCV dictates that there are 3 priority Groups – with Interstate being Priority Group 3.
SVHM will consider all applications with the match determining the final outcome.
What if I am not successful in obtaining an interview / or 2020 internship at SVHM?

Please consider re-applying for HMO positions in subsequent years. 

I am a Defence Employee – how should I identify this in my application? At your interview please indicate to the panel that you are a Defence employee.

Intern Rotations

Intern Rotations for 2020

Anaesthetics Non-Core
Cardiology Core Medicine
Cardiothoracics (Cardiac and Thoracic) Core Surgery
Colorectal Core Surgery
DOS - Department of Surgery Core Surgery
Emergency Core Emergency
Geriatrics Non-Core
General Medicine Core medicine
Nights (Medical and Surgical) Non-Core
Oncology Non-Core
Palliative Care Non-Core
Plastics Non-Core
Rehabilitation Non-Core
Renal Non-Core
Respiratory Core Medicine
Stroke Non-Core
Upper Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary Core Surgery
 Urology Core Surgery
External Rotations  
Hamilton General Medicine Core Medicine
Hamilton General Surgery Core Surgery
Warrnambool General Medicine Core Medicine
Warrnambool Plastic Surgery/Ophthamology Non-Core
Werribee Mercy Hospital: Psychiatry Non-Core
Werribee Mercy Hospital: ACAS/Gen Med Non-Core
Werribee Mercy Hospital: Palliative Care Non-Core
Werribee Mercy Hospital: Emergency/SSU Core Emergency
Werribee Mercy Hospital: General Surgery Core Surgery
Swan Hill District Health: General Surgery Core Surgery
Swan Hill District Health: Emergency Core Emergency
Royal Children’s Hospital - Medical/SSU Non-Core

Please note: Accommodation will be provided for the rural rotations (Warrnambool, Hamilton & Swan Hill) but Werribee Mercy and Royal Children's Hospital are not deemed a rural rotation, hence no accommodation is available.

St Vincent's Intern Program