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    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 understanding and insights about medical practice gained from GENA 820. It is a paper for those who like to be challenged. Modules include uncertainty, error, patient safety, palliative and terminal care, and professionalism in practice. There are two residential workshops in Dunedin.


    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Nature of General Practice
    Subject General Practice
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,551.63
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    GENX 822
    Limited to
    PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, MHealSc

    Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.

    Teaching staff

    To be advised

    Paper Structure

    There are three modules for this paper:

    • Hope, loss and suffering
    • Patient safety in primary care
    • Professionalism
    Teaching Arrangements

    This is a distance taught paper with two residentials, one audioconference for each module and two assignments.


    Required: Wilson H & Cunningham W. Being a Doctor: Understanding Medical Practice. 2013. Otago University Press; Dunedin

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper can expect to find an increased resilience to some of the more challenging aspects of modern clinical practice.


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

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