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GENA822 Advanced Nature of General Practice

In-depth exploration of whole person care in medicine, leading to the consideration of what constitutes quality in general practice. Modules include hope, loss and suffering, knowing how we practice and patient safety in primary care.

This paper builds on the understandings and insights about medical practice gained from GENA820. It is a paper for those who like to be challenged.
Modules include

  1. uncertainty, adverse patient outcomes and patient safety;
  2. palliative and end of life care; and
  3. professionalism in practice.

There are two residential workshops in Dunedin.


Paper title Advanced Nature of General Practice
Paper code GENA822
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,509.38
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GENX 822
Limited to

Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.

Teaching staff

Dr Hamish Wilson

Paper Structure

There are three modules for this paper:

  • Palliative and end of life care in primary care
  • Patient safety in primary care
  • Professionalism.
Teaching Arrangements

This second semester Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching. There are two residential workshops in Dunedin and several audioconferences. Residentials may be held online depending on pandemic restrictions.

Cunningham W and Wilson H. Being a doctor: understanding medical practice. 2013. Otago University Press; Dunedin.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper can expect to find an increased resilience to some of the more challenging situations in modern clinical practice such as adverse outcomes and patient safety, end of life care and professionalism.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system