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Continued Medical Education (CME) for rural GP and hospital fellows

The Rural Postgraduate Programme provides a range of educational activities suitable for CME for generalist doctors working in rural general practice and/or rural hospitals. 

Papers offered by the Rural Postgraduate Programme

All the papers offered are specifically designed for doctors already working rurally. The papers can be done as part of the postgraduate qualifications or as a one off CME activity. The level of involvement varies from doing all the papers formally to doing any number of individual papers (even just one) to only attending the residentials of some of papers as CME. The papers are delivered through online learning activities, teleconferences and one 3 to 6 days residential. Up to date (handpicked) literature that are specifically relevant to the rural context are provided as background reading. 

All the papers qualify for MOPS credits as well as satisfying the requirement for "clinical attachment in base hospital" (for Rural Hospital Fellows) under the RNZCGP CPD program.

Please click on "Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice" for more details on each paper.

Rural Generalist CME Workshop

A yearly workshop on rural health.

Rural CME Workshop

Rural Simulation Course (RiSC)

A new resuscitation course specifically designed for rural clinicians.



Research can be conducted in a supported environment utilising the resources of the University of Otago.

Rural Health Research

Masters of Health Science

Suitable for those pursuing a higher degree in rural health.


Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound

This provides formal university training in clinician performed ultrasound.