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Provides an understanding of the implications of genetic eye disease for a practising ophthalmologist, knowledge of the latest techniques in diagnosis and management as well as insight into areas of likely development.
The Department of Medicine offers the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences
(PGDipOphthBS), taught in conjunction with the University of Sydney. This consists
of four 30-point papers, which can be taken full-time over a year or part-time up
to five years. This diploma is intended for medical graduates with at least two years'
experience who are either wishing to embark on a career in ophthalmology or in a recognised
training programme and wish to enhance their understanding of the ophthalmic basic
sciences. The diploma is based on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of
Ophthalmologists' curriculum, which has been extended to include clinical correlations
OPHT 805 is only offered on rare occasions. Students usually complete OPHT 801, 802, 803 and 804.
|Paper title||Ocular Genetics|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2020|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,857.50|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$10,363.00|
- OPHX 805
- Limited to
- Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma shall
- Hold an appropriate degree in medicine approved by the Board of the Faculty of Medicine, and
- Be registered for medical practice in the country in which the course is being taught or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and
- Present evidence of ability for advanced-level academic study
- OPHT 801 Ophthalmic Anatomy (30 points)
- OPHT 802 Ophthalmic Physiology (30 points)
- OPHT 803 Ophthalmic Optics (30 points)
- OPHT 804 Practical Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (30 points)
- OPHT 805 Ocular Genetics (30 points)
- Teaching staff
- Dr Andrea Vincent
- To be advised.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will
- Gain an understanding of genetics and molecular tools used in current medical genetics and disease gene discovery
- Understand the application of these concepts in ophthalmology
- Gain an overview of the current knowledge of genes associated with eye disease and the pathophysiological mechanisms
- Be aware of the broader ethical considerations when applying genetic knowledge to patients
- Become familiar with Internet-based bioinformatics - reference tools to aid clinical practice, research and self learning
- Be aware of the future therapeutic opportunities