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Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice (PGDipGP)

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Overview

The discipline of general practice involves comprehensive, continuing, community-based medical care of individuals and families for a defined practice population. There is an emphasis on prevention of disease and the earliest possible identification and intervention. The diploma provides an opportunity to address these issues, while still leaving wide choice of subject content, for example including travel and migrant medicine, rural hospital practice, sexual health, and palliative care.

The Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice (PGDipGP) is now a prerequisite for proceeding to the Master of General Practice (MGP) degree. The Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice can be based in any of the three Schools of Medicine and can include papers offered by any of the Schools.

Graduates of the programme will have undertaken an approved programme that is specifically focused towards the varied needs of the general medical practitioner who wishes to take the opportunity of higher educational achievement. It can be tailored to meet the educational needs of the individual, and the qualification can have either an emphasis on understanding of the traditional philosophical basis of general practice, on facets of teaching and learning, on research, on clinical subjects, or on any combination of these.

Students will gain a sound understanding of the nature and practice of general practice, advanced clinical training in personally selected areas of practice, and experience in working with other doctors involved in the discipline. If adequate grades are achieved, students will be eligible to advance to the Master of General Practice programme.

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Contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
Department of General Practice & Rural Health
Tel 64 3 479 7424
Email gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz

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Subject area

Schedule of Papers (not exclusive)

Core Papers

Either

PRHC 701 New Zealand Primary Health Care (30 points)

and/or

GENA 820 Nature of Medical Practice (30 points)

Elective Papers

GENA 702 Sexual and Reproductive Health (30 points)

GENA 704 Te Tūhauora: Māori Health (30 points)

GENA 708 Special Topic (30 points)

GENA 709 Long Term Condition Management (30 points)

GENA 710 Mental Health and Illness in Primary Health Care (30 points)

GENA 711 Long-term Condition Management (Advanced) (30 points)

GENA 713 Travel Medicine 1: Introductory Concepts (30 points)

GENA 719 Tropical Infectious Disease (30 points)

GENA 720 Refugee and Migrant Health (30 points)

GENA 724 The Context of Rural Hospital Medicine (15 points)

GENA 725 Communication in Rural Hospital Medicine (15 points)

GENA 726 Obstetrics and Paediatrics in Rural Hospitals (15 points)

GENA 727 Surgical Specialties in Rural Hospitals (15 points)

GENA 728 Cardiorespiratory Medicine in Rural Hospitals (15 points)

GENA 729 Medical Specialties in Rural Hospitals (15 points)

GENA 730 Trauma and Emergencies in Rural Hospitals (15 points)

GENA 821 Research Methods (30 points)

GENA 822 Advanced Nature of General Practice (15 points)

GENA 823 Teaching and Learning in Medical Practice (30 points)

GENA 824 Ethics in General Practice (15 points)

GENA 825 Culture, Health and Society (15 points)

HASC 417 Health Sciences Research Methods (30 points)

PRHC 702 Wilderness and Expedition Medicine (30 points)

Papers available for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care and other postgraduate Public Health and Human Nutrition papers.

Note: Students intending to proceed to the degree of Master of General Practice should consult the regulations for that programme.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice (PGDipGP)

  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 or completed formal vocational training for 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

    1. The programme of study shall consist of approved papers from the schedule worth a total of 120 points, including either or both of the core papers, PRHC 701 and GENA 820.
    2. With the approval of the Board of Studies for the diploma, one or more appropriate papers taught by a university at an equivalent level may be substituted for those in the schedule, to a maximum value of 30 points.
    3. The Board of Studies may recommend to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine that a candidate be exempted from one 15-point paper on the basis of work previously completed for a relevant programme of study, to the satisfaction of the Board.
    4. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate. No such paper may be used for an exemption in any other programme.

    Note: Students should normally enrol initially for a Postgraduate Certificate programme before proceeding to the diploma.

  3. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  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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