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Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP)

The Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP) has been designed to meet the needs of busy New Zealand general practitioners. Normally one paper is taken each semester or each year on a part-time basis, usually over two or three years. You will need to take 60 points of papers including the core paper, GENA820 The Nature of Medical Practice.

The papers are distance taught using a combination of delivered course material, supplementary readings, videoconferences, internet-based learning, and face-to-face residentials. Under normal circumstances you should attend a residential component for each course. These are usually two days long. The 15-point papers have either one or two residential components, while the 30-point papers have either two or three residential components. These are an essential part of the learning experience.

Find out more about the PGCertGP qualification

Applications for the PGCertGP are now open


The following papers will be offered in 2018:

  • GENA820 The Nature of Medical Practice (full year, 30 points)
  • GENA824 Ethics in General Practice (semester 2, 15 points)

The following papers are expected to be offered in 2019:

  • GENA822 Advanced Nature of General Practice (semester 2, 15 points)
  • GENA823 Teaching and Learning in Medical Practice (full year, 30 points)
  • GENA825 Culture, Health and Society (semester 1, 15 points)

Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator if you have any queries about postgraduate study in the department.
Email: gp.postgrad@otago.ac.nz

Additional resources
University of Otago Guide to Enrolment
Distance learning (University of Otago website)
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