This is a basic nationally recognised qualification for medical practitioners who staff rural and provincial hospitals. These doctors require broad based specific skills, which may extend beyond that of rural general medical practice.
At present, our New Zealand small and large town hospitals, as well as small city hospitals are served by a physician or a surgeon, or a Medical Officer of Special Scale (MOSS). A MOSS may be anyone from a third year house surgeon to a highly qualified, competent and long experienced regional hospital doctor. Until now, other than College qualifications, no formal qualification for such doctors has existed.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGCertRPHP) is also available through Distance Learning.
Rural Postgraduate Administrator
Department of General Practice and Rural Health
PO Box 913, Dunedin 9054
Tel 03 440 4345
Cell 021 263 2635
Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGCertRPHP)
Papers to the value of 60 points from:
Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGCertRPHP)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
- Every applicant shall
- have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School, and
- have commenced vocational training for rural hospital medicine or general practice or have had at least two years of approved experience in rural hospital medicine or general practice.
- Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean of the Otago Medical School.
Structure of the Programme
The programme of study shall consist of four papers, to the value of 60 points, selected from the Core Papers (GENA 723–729) in the Schedule of papers for the Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice. No paper is compulsory.
Duration of the Programme
The programme may be completed in one year of part-time study and must be completed within three years of admission.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.