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Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGCertRPHP)

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Overview

This is a basic nationally recognised qualification for medical practitioners who staff rural and provincial hospitals. These doctors require broad based specific skills, which may extend beyond that of rural general medical practice.

At present, our New Zealand small and large town hospitals, as well as small city hospitals are served by a physician or a surgeon, or a Medical Officer of Special Scale (MOSS). A MOSS may be anyone from a third year house surgeon to a highly qualified, competent and long experienced regional hospital doctor. Until now, other than College qualifications, no formal qualification for such doctors has existed.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGCertRPHP) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Contact Details

Bron Hunt
Rural Postgraduate Administrator
Department of General Practice and Rural Health
PO Box 913, Dunedin 9054
Email: bron.hunt@otago.ac.nz
Tel 03 440 4345
Cell 021 263 2635

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGCertRPHP)

Papers
  • Four of
    GENX 724  The Context of Rural Hospital Medicine,
    GENX 725  Communication in Rural Hospital Medicine,
    GENX 726  Obstetrics and Paediatrics in Rural Hospitals,
    GENX 727  Surgical Specialties in Rural Hospitals,
    GENX 728  Cardiorespiratory Medicine in Rural Hospitals,
    GENX 729  Medical Specialties in Rural Hospitals,
    GENX 730  Trauma and Emergencies in Rural Hospitals.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGCertRPHP)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
    2. Every applicant shall
      1. have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, and
      2. have commenced vocational training for rural hospital medicine or general practice or have had at least two years of approved experience in rural hospital medicine or general practice.
    3. Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme of study shall consist of four papers, to the value of 60 points, selected from the Core Papers ( GENX 724, GENX 725, GENX 726, GENX 727, GENX 728, GENX 729, GENX 730) in the Schedule of papers for the Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice. No paper is compulsory.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The programme may be completed in one year of part-time study and must be completed within three years of admission.

  4. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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