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Visiting GP tours probe campus history

Friday, 28 July 2017 6:51pm

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Alumni and GP conference attendees listen as Dr Dorothy Page (at head of table) discusses the history of medicine at Otago

Special Alumni Office-run university tours gave delegates and alumni attending this week’s Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners conference in Dunedin insights into what’s made the University tick for almost 150 years.

On 27 July a tour of the medical precinct started at the recently refurbished Captain Cook Tavern, where guest speaker retired History Associate Professor Dorothy Page outlined the Otago Medical School’s colourful history and growth.

Dr Page explained how from humble beginnings in the mid-1870s “with just one student and one professor” the school had grown to now offer programmes at three campuses (in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington), and quality education to successive generations of students; its 10,000th graduate was capped in December 2006.

Dr Page’s Otago University Press-published Anatomy of a Medical History, which details the development of medicine at the University of Otago between 1875 and 2000, was published in 2008.

The group then joined anatomy museum curator Chris Smith and alumni staff for a tour of the medical precinct.

On Friday 28 July Alumni Office staff hosted informative 40-minute tours of the iconic Clocktower Building and other significant areas on the Dunedin campus, including the Staff Club which was built in 1907 for use as Otago’s first Dental School.

On Friday night kilts were donned for a Ceilidh at the Glenroy Auditorium. Otago Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) Professor Helen Nicholson spoke at the event before attendees socialised and learnt a traditional dance. The Ceilidh was jointly hosted by the University of Otago and the RNZCGP; $10 from every ticket sold went to Age Concern.

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