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    Anatomy of the head (including basic neuroanatomy) spine and skin relevant to the clinical practice of surgery and radiology. Includes regional cadaver dissection.

    The PGDipSurgAnat offers medical graduates interested in pursuing a career in surgery or radiology the opportunity to study and obtain a higher qualification in clinically relevant anatomy.

    About this paper

    Paper title Head, Spine, Neuroanatomy and Skin
    Subject Surgical Anatomy
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (22 July 2024 - 15 November 2024) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Pre or Corequisite
    SUAN 701 or SUAX 701
    Limited to
    Applicants must have a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) degree from a university in New Zealand or an equivalent overseas qualification and must be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand (or equivalent).

    Teaching staff

    2024 Teaching Staff to be confirmed - please use the more information link for further information.

    Paper Structure
    Six weeks distance learning; one week residential teaching.
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.



    • McMinn, Last's Anatomy: Regional and Applied (9th edn).

    Highly Recommended:

    • Drake et al, Gray's Anatomy for Students (2010).

    Highly Recommended:

    • Gilroy et al, Thieme Atlas of Anatomy (2008).
    • Agur & Dalley, Grant's Atlas of Anatomy (12th edn).
    • Netter, Atlas of Human Anatomy (4th edn).
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Develop a sound knowledge of clinical anatomy relevant to common operative and interventional procedures
    • Understand and be able to discuss surgically relevant regional anatomy (what structures are encountered in each region, their key anatomical relationships, course and direction, and what human anatomical variations are commonly encountered)
    • Develop a familiarity with the anatomy of common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and common surgical operations - in particular, safe instrumentation and surgical access, specific anatomical hazards or common operative approaches or techniques, and common/serious anatomical errors
    • Develop an awareness of the principles of developmental anatomy, structure, histology and function of organs and structures
    • Develop the tools required to undertake their own research into areas of speciality-specific anatomy


    1st Non standard period (22 July 2024 - 15 November 2024)

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