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Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG)

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The University of Otago offers several papers in obstetrics and gynaecology designed for family planning trainees, midwives, general practitioners, continuing medical education registrants and candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG) is also available through Distance Learning.

Note: This programme is only available to students living and studying within New Zealand.

For detailed information and selection criteria, please refer to the Postgraduate Programmes in Women's Health website.

Key dates

1 May
Applications open for PGDipOMG – Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology
1 November
Expected closing date for PGDipOMG. For confirmation of date please contact: Vacancies will be filled according to ranking (as per selection criteria), with a maximum of 40 PGDipOMG places.

Applications received after the closing date will be considered on a case-by-case basis dependent on available spaces in the programme and / or papers. For further information please contact:


Distance Learning Coordinator
Department of Women's and Children's Health
Otago Medical School
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
Tel Ask Otago 0800 80 80 98
Website Postgraduate Programmes in Women's Health


Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) (see Note 1).
    2. 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 Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    3. Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught.
  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall comprise seven papers, OBGY 712, OBGY 713, OBGY 715, OBGY 716, OBGY 717, OBGY 718, and OBGY 719 (see Note 2).
    2. In order to qualify for the award of the diploma, every candidate must satisfactorily fulfil the requirements of all seven papers.
    3. OBGY 717 shall normally be completed within a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 24 months (see Note 3).
    4. OBGY 712, OBGY 713, OBGY 715, OBGY 716, OBGY 718, and OBGY 719 shall normally together require 12 months of part-time study.
    5. A candidate, with the approval of the Programme Academic Co-ordinator, may substitute for up to 45 points components of the University of Auckland's Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology programme.
    6. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Pregnancy and Medical Gynaecology, shall be credited with those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate (see Note 4).
  3. Examinations

    1. Every candidate must submit for approval a log book, certified by a clinical supervisor in an approved hospital, which documents the clinical competence and experience gained while a candidate for the diploma.
    2. Candidates shall be assessed by written, oral and clinical examinations.
    3. A candidate who fails a paper may, on the recommendation of the examiners, be admitted to a special examination.
  4. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall be one academic year of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. Candidates are normally expected to complete the programme within two years.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

(i) OBGY 712, OBGY 713, OBGY 715 and OBGY 716 are taught through the Distance Learning Programme of the University of Otago. OBGY 718 and OBGY 719 involve independent learning and a residential course component of three days each. OBGY 718 and 719 are designed to bookend the OBGY 717 Clinical Training. We strongly recommend that candidates complete OBGY 718 before their OBGY 717 clinical training and complete OBGY 719 towards the end of their clinical training. These papers may be taken separately by non-diploma candidates wishing to apply for a Certificate of Proficiency.
(ii) The course requirements for OBGY 717, including the requirements for clinical training and experience, will be specified by the Board of Studies in a logbook prior to the commencement of study. This paper is for diploma candidates only.Applications for admission open May 1st.
(iii) The PGDipOMG is not a standalone qualification for a GP to practice as a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC). To practice as a Lead Maternity Carer, additional training and qualifications would be required, such as the Advanced Diploma of the RANZCOG (DRANZCOG Adv) or as deemed suitable by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
(iv) Students should normally enrol initially for the Postgraduate Certificate programme before proceeding to the diploma.

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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