Undergraduate learning in the clinical disciplines of Surgery are spread primarily throughout the Dunedin School of Medicine's Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM) programme. ALM teaches medical students in their fourth, fifth, and sixth (final) years of study. Contributions by surgery staff are also made during the Early Learning in Medicine (ELM) programme in years two and three.
In the fourth year, General Surgery, Vascular, Plastics, and Urology are covered in an eight-week module, and Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery is engaged through one of the other modules. Orthopeadic Surgery begins with some input in second year and then is covered in fifth year as part of the eight week Musculoskeletal and Emergency Medicine module.
Neurosurgery is covered in conjunction with Neurology. Learning about Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is delivered within surgical attachments in years four to six.
In the sixth (Trainee Intern) year, the Ward Management Module includes six weeks in any one of the surgery specialties.
Undergraduate study with the Department of Surgical Sciences
Research degree study programmes are available. They include, for clinical applicants, a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) in the undergraduate years, and a Master of Medical Science (MMedSc). PhD and Master of Health Science (MHealthSc) study may be undertaken by any graduates meeting University criteria.
Postgraduate professional clinical surgery education for doctors is delivered as part of the Surgical Education and Training (SET) Programme of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Postgraduate study with the Department of Surgical Sciences
Diploma in Medical Ultrasonography
The Vascular Technologist training programme for the Diploma in Medical Ultrasonography (DMU) qualification is administered through Otago Vascular Diagnostics.