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    Relevant anatomy and physiology of normal and abnormal labour, practical management of normal and abnormal labour, augmentation and induction of labour, maternal birth trauma and episiotomy, assisted vaginal delivery, caesarean section, third stage complications, management of intrauterine fetal death, obstetric shock, well women care, family planning, screening in gynaecology, climacteric, menstrual disorders, abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, urinary incontinence, malignancy of the genital tract, pelvic pain and dyspareunia, sexual assault, infertility, vulval lesions and quality assurance.

    OBGY 717 comprises supervised clinical training for a minimum of six months. Each canddiate requires a local supervisor to oversee clinical work in a hospital setting. This supervisor is a Senior Medical Officer, who oversees the satisfactory completion of an electronic logbook.

    At the beginning of the clinical attachment there is a form in the electronic logbook that needs completing to indicate a supervisor has been assigned and is able to supervise the logbook requirements.

    Following the satisfactory completion of the logbook, which the supervisor signs off,  an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) takes place in Wellington in early December, every year.

    About this paper

    Paper title Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Training
    Subject Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology
    EFTS 0.2500
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Full Year (22 January 2024 - 20 December 2024) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    OBGX 717
    Limited to
    (i) This practical training programme is a compulsory paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology. (ii) For more information:

    Only open to those who are completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG). A six-month clinical attachment in a registered teaching hospital is necessary to take this paper.

    Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.


    Mercina Nielsen

    Teaching Co-ordinator
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Women's Health (Wellington Campus)
    Tel: +64 4 832 3340

    Teaching staff
    Convenor: Dr Fali Langdana
    Paper Structure

    The OSCE examination for OBGY717 will take place in Wellington early December 2024. (To be confirmed)

    The December examination will assess both the full year and second semester students.


    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely, but features in-person assessment.

    This paper is taught through distance learning with supervision from a clinical training supervisor who must be a medical specialist working in women’s health in an approved hospital.


    There is no text book for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will complete a logbook, which allows for assessment of the experience gained in the clinical attachment and provides documentation of supervised training.

    Students will sit an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) at the end of November (date to be advised) in Wellington.

    1. Demonstrate clinical expertise in the management of pre-pregnancy, antenatal and postnatal care with low levels of complexity
    2. Demonstrate clinical expertise in consultation with a specialist in the management of all levels of intrapartum care and in pre-pregnancy, antenatal, and postnatal care with moderate levels of complexity
    3. Demonstrate clinical expertise in the medical management of sexual and reproductive health with low levels of complexity
    4. Demonstrate clinical expertise in the management of early gynaecological cancer diagnosis/screening, early pregnancy complications with appropriate consultation with a specialist
    5. Practise a holistic approach to patient management.
    6. Demonstrate shared decision-making skills in the care of their patient and whanau.
    7. Demonstrate understanding of relevant social and cultural issues that impact upon the provision of healthcare to women and their families/whanau.
    8. Demonstrate self-learning in women’s health and other relevant areas of medical practice, including recognition of limits of their own knowledge and abilities.
    9. Understand the principles and practice of evidence-based medicine and research in a clinical setting.
    10. Understand and explain underlying physiology and pathology, and the available assessment and management options in order to provide safe and effective care.
    11. Conduct effective reviews of professional practice
    12. Solicit and accept constructive feedback
    13. Exhibit ethical attitudes and conduct
    14. Demonstrate values of fairness, empathy, acceptance, kindness, respect, and responsibility to and for all people.
    15. Contribute to the health of women and their babies in collaboration with other health care providers
    16. Establish effective professional relationships with medical, midwifery, nursing and other healthcare colleagues.


    Full Year (22 January 2024 - 20 December 2024)

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