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This is an advanced 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 practice.
Papers in the diploma contribute towards the RNZCGP Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme.
The Diploma is not only aimed at registrars in this programme but is open to all generalist doctors working in rural and provincial hospitals, whether or not they are vocationally registered in rural hospital medicine.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGDipRPHP) is also available through Distance Learning.
Rural Postgraduate Programme Administrator
The Dean's Department
Tel 64 3 440 4345
Mobile 64 27 225 2987
Mailing address: c/- Dunstan Hospital
PO Box 30
Schedule of Papers (not exclusive)
- GENA 723 Trauma and Emergencies in Rural Settings (30 points)
- GENA 724 The Context of Rural Hospital Medicine (15 points)
- GENA 725 Communication in Rural Hospital Medicine (15 points)
- GENA 726 Obstetrics and Paediatrics in Rural Hospitals (15 points)
- GENA 727 Surgical Specialities in Rural Hospitals (15 points)
- GENA 728 Cardiorespiratory Medicine in Rural Hospitals (30 points)
- GENA 729 Medical Specialties in Rural Hospitals (15 points)
- GENA 702 Sexual and Reproductive Health (30 points)
- GENA 704 Te Tūhauora: Māori Health (30 points)
- GENA 708 Supervised Research Project (30 points)
- GENA 709 Long Term Condition Management (30 points)
- GENA 713 Travel Medicine 1: Introductory Concepts (30 points)
- GENA 717 Generalist Medical Echocardiography (30 points)
- GENA 718 Generalist Medical Ultrasound (30 points)
- GENA 719 Tropical Infectious Disease (30 points)
- GENA 720 Refugee and Migrant Health (30 points)
- GENA 736 Pacific Health (30 points)
- GENA 820 Nature of Medical Practice (30 points)
- GENA 821 Research Methods (30 points)
- GENA 822 Advanced Nature of General Practice (15 points)
- GENA 823 Teaching and Learning in Medical Practice (30 points)
- GENA 824 Ethics in General Practice (15 points)
- GENA 825 Culture, Health & Society (15 points)
- GENA 826 Special Topic (15 points)
- PRHC 701 New Zealand Primary Health Care (30 points)
- PRHC 702 Wilderness and Expedition Medicine (30 points)
- Papers available for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care, and other Public Health papers.
Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (PGDipRPHP)
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 comprise papers to the value of at least 120 points; GENA 724 (15 points) and papers worth at least 60 points from the Core Papers in the Schedule, and further approved papers (up to 45 points) normally selected from the Elective Papers in the Schedule.
- With the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, a candidate may substitute for up to 45 points appropriate papers offered by another university or examining body.
- With the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, a candidate may be exempt from up to 15 points for work previously satisfactorily completed for a relevant course of study.
- A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice 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.
Duration of the Programme
The programme may be completed in two years of part-time study and must be completed within five years of admission.
Level of Award of the Diploma
The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.