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Research and teaching

As a University department, excellence in teaching and research is highly valued. The Hospital and University departments are closely interrelated. There is opportunity for full-time research for higher degrees from MMedSci up to PhD level.

Registrars in clinical posts are encouraged to carry out smaller research projects, often audit-based projects collaborating with the Otago Clinical Audit Research Group. Clinical registrars will have honorary lecturer status with the University and will be involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of students and peers.

Registrar training posts in Surgery

We pride ourselves in offering a high quality training experience for registrars. The teams are consultant lead with ample consultant contact time and good case numbers.

Several consultants are currently involved in leadership roles within the RACS educational programmes including representation on the New Zealand Training and Education Committee, Clinical Examination Committee for the exams in SET 1 and 2, and Court of Examiners for the Part 2 examinations.

Rotations are for six months, and usually trainees are appointed for a minimum of one year. Selection to the posts which are part of the RACS Surgical Education and Training (SET) programme is administered by the education committees of the various disciplines of the RACS.

In addition there are training positions available for those not yet selected into the RACS programmes (so-called non-SET trainees). These positions are usually taken up by registrars working towards applying for SET or more senior trainees from overseas. These appointments are made in conjunction with the surgical services of the Southern District Health Board.

Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy (PGDipSurgAnat)

In conjunction with the Department of Anatomy, a one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy (PGDipSurgAnat) programme is offered to medical practitioners; typically junior doctors.

The course, which focuses on anatomy relevant to surgical pathology, procedures, and complications, is taken by surgeons with an interest in anatomy education, anatomists with a surgical background, and consultant radiologists.

Further information on the PGDipSurgAnat

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Or, please contact:

Kathryn McClea
Course Administrator
Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Tel 64 3 479 7131
Fax 64 3 479 7254

The Dunedin Basic Medical Sciences Course

The Dunedin Basic Medical Sciences Course LogoThe Dunedin Basic Medical Sciences Course is a four-to-five-week postgraduate course for FRACS Surgical Sciences Examination (SSE) candidates.

The course aims to revise relevant topics in anatomy, physiology and pathology based on the RACS syllabus.

Visit the Dunedin Basic Medical Sciences Course website for further details

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