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Study Musculoskeletal Medicine at Otago

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Musculoskeletal Medicine is an important discipline dealing with patients who have musculoskeletal and neural dysfunction of both an acute and chronic nature. Patients with these problems constitute up to 15% of a general practitioner’s caseload, and those with back and neck pain, in particular, impose a heavy economic and social burden on the community.

Musculoskeletal Medicine is based on biomedical and psychosocial knowledge and utilises a range of therapeutic skills including manual medicine, needling and acupuncture, injection techniques, applied biomechanics, pharmacotherapy, psychosocial management, and the need for appropriate referral. Some of the distance-taught papers are of significant benefit to those involved in other allied health professional areas; i.e. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, osteopathy, chiropractic, etc.

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Contact details


Postgraduate Programmes Administrator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
Tel +64 3 364 0469

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The postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma are designed for medical graduates focusing on musculoskeletal medicine. These qualifications are available to candidates in Australia and New Zealand; candidates must be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is being taught.

These qualifications are both available through Distance Learning. Some papers may have an on-campus component.

See also qualifications in Musculoskeletal Management

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See the full list of Musculoskeletal Medicine (MSME) papers.

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Programme requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGCertMSM)


Notes: Two papers are taught on campus (MSME 701, MSME 709) and the remainder by distance learning.
MSME 709 cannot be taken before the completion of MSME 701.

Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine (PGDipMSM)


Note: Some papers may have an on-campus component.