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Continued Medical Education (CME) for rural GP and hospital fellows

The Rural Postgraduate Programme provides a range of educational activities suitable for CME for generalist doctors working in rural general practice and/or rural hospitals. 

Papers offered by the Rural Postgraduate Programme

All the papers offered are specifically designed for doctors already working rurally. The papers can be done as part of the postgraduate qualifications or as a one off CME activity. The level of involvement varies from doing all the papers formally to doing any number of individual papers (even just one) to only attending the residentials of some of papers as CME. The papers are delivered through online learning activities, teleconferences and one 3 to 6 days residential. Up to date (handpicked) literature that are specifically relevant to the rural context are provided as background reading. 

All the papers qualify for MOPS credits as well as satisfying the requirement for clinical attachment in base hospital (for Rural Hospital Fellows) under the RNZCGP CPD programme.

All the papers also satisfy the GPEP2 academic requirements for GP registrars.

Find out more about the papers that make up the Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice 

Rural Generalist CME Workshop

A yearly workshop on rural health.

Find out more about the Rural CME Workshop

Rural Simulation Course (RiSC)

A new resuscitation course specifically designed for rural clinicians.

Find out more about RiSC


Research can be conducted in a supported environment utilising the resources of the University of Otago.

Read about our Rural Health Research

Master of Health Science

Suitable for those pursuing a higher degree in rural health.

Find out more about the MHealSc

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound

This provides formal university training in clinician performed ultrasound.

Find out more about the PGCertCPU