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Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG)

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Overview

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.

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Contact Details

Distance Learning Co-ordinator
Dunedin School of Medicine
PO Box 913, Dunedin
Tel 64 3 470 9688
Fax 64 3 474 7817
Email wch.distancelearning@otago.ac.nz
Website Women's and Children's Health

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Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG)

Papers

The programme shall consist of seven papers:

  • OBGY 712 Pre and Early Pregnancy Care
  • OBGY 713 Pregnancy Care in the Community
  • OBGY 715 Medical Gynaecology I
  • OBGY 716 Medical Gynaecology II
  • OBGY 717 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Training
  • OBGY 718 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residential Course 1
  • OBGY 719 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residential Course 2

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) 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 (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 Academic Board of the Otago Medical School.
    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 Dean of the Otago Medical School, may substitute for up to 60 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 shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.

      Note: Students should normally enrol initially for the Postgraduate Certificate programme before proceeding to the diploma.

  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.

Notes:
(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.

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