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Dean's welcome

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Professor Peter Crampton.

Tēnā koutou kātoa,

Welcome to the University of Otago Medical Schoool.


New Zealand’s first medical school was founded in 1875 to provide New Zealand with a well-qualified medical workforce. This remains at the heart of the medical school’s work, and we pride ourselves on adapting our medical course to the changing needs of the people of New Zealand. Understanding and supporting New Zealanders includes dedicated strategic support to increase the number of students from under-represented demographic groups. We’re delighted that over recent years we have raised the numbers of Māori, Pacific Island and rurally-based students to the point where our student body reflects the proportionality of wider New Zealand demographics.


The increasingly interprofessional modern medical programme is now one of several health professional courses delivered at our campuses around the country. Though our main office is in Dunedin, our students will be found studying biomedical sciences, nursing, medical radiation therapy, medical laboratory science and medicine in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, and dozens of other sites around the South Island and southern and eastern North Island. The ongoing evolution of our health professional programmes means our students increasingly learn in a range of settings as well as in traditional hospital environments, and in conjunction with other professions and disciplines.


Professional courses are interwoven with world-leading biomedical and public health research programmes. Our scientists are internationally recognised for the impact of their research, and for publications, citations, and external funding across a broad range of topics. The School is playing a major part in the government’s large science iniatives, including the Brain Research Centre of Research Excellence, and provides leadership of the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge. It also hosts several University of Otago research centres and themes.


Our collaborations and partnerships reflect our international reputation for high teaching standards that produce great graduates and innovative research that makes a difference to the wellbeing of New Zealand and other communities.


I hope you will take the opportunity to learn more about the range of research and study options available at the University of Otago Medical School, and I invite you to contact the OMS office for more information.

Professor Peter Crampton
Dean, Otago Medical School, and
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences
University of Otago