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Structure

Overview

The Otago Medical School is part of the University of Otago's Division of Health Sciences, which also comprises the Bioethics Centre, Faculty of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy, and School of Physiotherapy.

The Division of Health Sciences is one of four academic divisions within the University of Otago:

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Component schools and departments

The Otago Medical School comprises four component schools across three campuses: Dunedin School of Medicine; School of Biomedical Sciences; University of Otago, Christchurch; and University of Otago, Wellington.

Each of these schools has multiple departments:

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Campuses

The University of Otago Medical School's administrative base is Dunedin but students are widely dispersed across New Zealand, with some postgraduate courses being studied by distance.

Students at the School of Biomedical Sciences are generally based in Dunedin for the duration of their studies, as are Medical Laboratory Science students. Nursing students are based in Christchurch, and Radiation Therapy students in Wellington.

Most medical students gain entry to the Medicine programme after completing the competitive Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) in Dunedin. They then undertake their second- and third-year training in Dunedin. This period is known as Early Learning in Medicine (ELM), and is jointly taught by Dunedin School of Medicine and the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Following ELM, medical students are split into three groups—with one-third of students taught at each of our three campuses for years 4–6. These last three years are known as Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM), and are taught by Dunedin School of Medicine; University of Otago, Christchurch; and University of Otago, Wellington.

Students at the Dunedin campus

Dunedin-based students include:

  • All Health Sciences First Year students (jointly taught by the Divisions of Sciences and Health Sciences)
  • All ELM medical students (years 2 and 3)
  • One-third of ALM medical students (years 4, 5, and 6)
  • Medical Laboratory Science students
  • Students at the School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Postgraduate students at the Dunedin School of Medicine

Students at the Christchurch campus

Christchurch-based students include:

  • One-third of ALM medical students (years 4, 5, and 6)
  • Nursing students
  • Postgraduate students at the University of Otago, Christchurch

Students at the Wellington campus

Wellington-based students include:

  • One-third of ALM medical students (years 4, 5, and 6)
  • Radiation Therapy students
  • Postgraduate students at the University of Otago, Wellington

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Off-campus activities

Student placements

Students studying Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, and Radiation Therapy undertake significant parts of their training in hospitals or laboratories away from the main campuses.

Sixth-year medical students are known as trainee interns (TIs), and spend the entirety of their sixth year on placement in a hospital (in New Zealand or overseas).

Rural Medical Immersion Programme

A small number of fifth-year medical students can optionally take part in the Rural Medical Immersion Programme (RMIP). This bases them at rural hospitals in Clutha, Marlborough, Southland, Tararua, Wairarapa, or Westland for the duration of their fifth year.

This is an alternative to undertaking fifth-year studies on-campus in Christchurch, Dunedin, or Wellington.

RMIP information (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)

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