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Teaching and learning support

The Dunedin School of Medicine is always striving to advance the quality of undergraduate and postgraduate education by providing its teachers with the resources, programmes and support that foster excellence in teaching.

Otago Clinical Skills Laboratories

A joint initiative betweeen the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) and Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM), the Otago Clinical Skills Laboratories (OCSL) provides clinical skills training and education to undergraduate students of DSM and SDHB clinical staff.

Medical Education Unit

The Medical Education Unit (MEU) supports all Dunedin School of Medicine staff educational activities and provides the leadership and liaison that facilitates curriculum initiatives. 

MEU manages the 4–6 year MB ChB programme development, evaluation and assessment, and devolving implementation to departments by acting as liaison between staff and student committees, other schools in the Division, Southern District Health Board, Higher Education Development Centre, and other organisations as appropriate.

Convenors' meeting

Key details

Date and venue

4–6pm Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Octagonal Room, First Floor, Dunedin Hospital, Great King Street, Dunedin

Target audience

Module convenors


A two-hour meeting to review expectations, introduce innovations, and present resources for teaching, e-Learning, assessment, and evaluation at DSM for 2018.

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Teaching Matters: Supporting our staff in all aspects of teaching

A regular forum where we discuss teaching, learning, and assessment ideas you can tailor to your own teaching context. All University teaching staff are warmly invited to attend any or all of the following sessions. Please feel free to bring your lunch and a colleague.

  • PLANNING YOUR TEACHING Friday 16 February 12pm–1pm Octagonal Room
  • CREATING A POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Tuesday 6 March 12pm–1pm Lawrence Wright Room
  • FACILITATING SMALL GROUPS Wednesday 25 July 12pm–1pm Octagonal Room
  • EFFECTIVE QUESTIONING Tuesday 11 September 12pm–1pm Octagonal Room
  • PARTICIPATING IN EFFECTIVE FEEDBACK Wednesday 10 October 12pm–1pm Octagonal Room

Each workshop is limited to 20 places. Please register by emailing Lyn Smith.

Print the poster to share in your workplace (A4 PDF 242KB)

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Teaching skills for clinicians

Preparation course for Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (London)

The UK Deaneries have developed the AoME to assure clinicians have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to teach their profession to the highest standard. This practical course provides guidance to better teaching skills and an opportunity to gain Membership or Fellowship of the Academy.

Key details

Dates and venue

26–29 March 2018 (may register for individual days or all four days)

University of Otago, Wellington

Target audience

Open to all health professionals and University of Otago staff members


A four-day course. Each day covers a topic:

  • Designing and planning learning
  • Teaching and facilitating learning
  • Assessment of learning
  • Educational research and scholarship
  • Educational leadership


Attendees may register for individual days or for all four days.

Contact Diane Kenwright to register or for general enquiries

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Our people

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Contact us

Tel 64 3 470 9842 (Dunedin Hospital extension 59842)
Fax 64 3 470 9901 (Dunedin Hospital extension 59901)

Medical Education Unit
Dunedin School of Medicine
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Physical address:

Dean's Department
Dunedin School of Medicine
First Floor, Dunedin Hosptial
Great King Street
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand

The Health Sciences Medical Education Unit website also has information and news on medical education at the University of Otago.

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