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This is an advanced 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 practice.
Papers in the diploma contribute towards the RNZCGP Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme.
The Diploma is not only aimed at registrars in this programme but is open to all generalist doctors working in rural and provincial hospitals, whether or not they are vocationally registered in rural hospital medicine.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGDipRPHP) is also available through Distance Learning.
Rural Postgraduate Administrator
Department of General Practice and Rural Health
PO Box 913, Dunedin 9054
Tel 03 440 4345
Cell 021 263 2635
Schedule of Papers (not exclusive)
- GENX 724 The Context of Rural Hospital Medicine (15 points)
- GENX 725 Communication in Rural Hospital Medicine (15 points)
- GENX 726 Obstetrics and Paediatrics in Rural Hospitals (15 points)
- GENX 727 Surgical Specialities in Rural Hospitals (15 points)
- GENX 728 Cardiorespiratory Medicine in Rural Hospitals (15 points)
- GENX 729 Medical Specialties in Rural Hospitals (15 points)
- GENX 730 Trauma and Emergencies in Rural Hospitals (15 points)
- GENX 702 Sexual and Reproductive Health (30 points)
- GENX 704 Te Tūhauora: Māori Health (30 points)
- GENX 708 Special Topic (30 points)
- GENX 709 Long Term Condition Management (30 points)
- GENX 713 Travel Medicine 1: Introductory Concepts (30 points)
- GENX 717 Generalist Medical Echocardiography (30 points)
- GENX 718 Generalist Medical Ultrasound (30 points)
- GENX 719 Tropical Medicine (30 points)
- GENX 720 Refugee and Migrant Health (30 points)
- GENX 820 Core Studies in Medical Practice (30 points)
- GENX 821 Research Methods in General Practice (30 points)
- GENX 822 Advanced Practice (15 points)
- GENX 823 Teaching and Learning in Medical Practice (30 points)
- GENX 824 Ethics in General Practice (15 points)
- GENX 825 Medical Anthropology (15 points)
- GENX 826 Special Topic in General Practice (15 points)
- PRHX 701 New Zealand Primary Health Care (30 points)
- PRHX 702 Wilderness Medicine (30 points)
Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGDipRPHP)
Admission to the Programme
- 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.
- Every applicant shall
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme of study shall comprise papers to the value of at least 120 points; GENX 724 (15 points) and papers worth at least 60 points from the Core Papers in the Schedule, and further approved papers (up to 45 points) normally selected from the Elective Papers in the Schedule.
- With the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a candidate may substitute for up to 45 points appropriate papers offered by another university or examining body.
- With the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a candidate may be exempt from up to 15 points for work previously satisfactorily completed for a relevant course of study.
- A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.
Note: Students should normally enrol initially for the Postgraduate Certificate programme before proceeding to the diploma.
Duration of the Programme
The programme may be completed in two years of part-time study and must be completed within five years of admission.
Level of Award of the Diploma
The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.