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Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGCertMSM)


A postgraduate certificate comprising 60 points designed for medical graduates focusing on musculoskeletal medicine.

Musculoskeletal medicine is based on biomedical and psychosocial knowledge and utilises a range of therapeutic skills including manual medicine, needling and acupuncture, injection techniques, applied biomechanics, pharmacotherapy, psychosocial management, and the need for appropriate referral.

The Postgraduate Certificate is available to candidates in Australia and New Zealand.

Our courses are endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine can be completed by studying part-time over a 1-3 year time frame.


Every candidate shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the Certificate is being taught.

Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGCertMSM) are available on the University of Otago website.

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Structure of the Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGCertMSM)

i Compulsory Papers (45 points)
  • MSME 701 Clinical Diagnosis (15 points)
  • MSME 704 Introduction to Pain (15 points)
  • MSME 708 Introduction to Pain Management (15 points)
ii One paper from the following (15 points)
  • MSME 702 Musculoskeletal Tissues (15 points)
  • MSME 703 Musculoskeletal Disorders (15 points)
  • MSME 705 Regional Disorders - Spine (15 points)
  • MSME 706 Regional Disorders - Limbs (15 points)
  • MSME 707 Musculoskeletal Management (15 points)
  • MSME 709 Clinical Therapeutics (15 points)
    Note: MSME 709 cannot be taken before the completion of MSME 701
  • MSME 710 Recreational and Sports Injuries (15 points)
  • MSME 711 Pain Assessment (15 points)

Note : Two papers are taught on campus (MSME 701, MSME 709) and the remainder by distance learning.

Further information

Administrator Client Services
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 0469