Old doctor still learning new tricks
Article as appears in NZ Doctor by Keira Stephenson
Twelve years after his starting his first paper, Dr Wood finally graduated this month with a postgraduate diploma in general practice and more besides.
Capping off the event, he was joined by his son Duncan who returned from overseas to receive his Bachelor of Commerce in economics. Both had deferred their graduations, so they were able to attend together.
Dr Wood has quietly been doing one or two Dunedin School of Medicine papers a year since 2006, because he enjoys them, and leaving it up to the university to worry about whether they added up to a diploma or not.
“I view it as part of my continuing education requirements for each year and Otago puts on some really good papers,” he says.
He was happily continuing on in this vein when the university wrote to him in 2016 to say it had decided to award him a postgraduate diploma as well as certificates in rural hospital medicine and ultrasounds.
Dr Wood says the papers are well thought through, with good tutors and a good group of other doctors also taking them. As distance papers, they usually involve weekly teleconferences and one or two weekend workshops.
The communications paper where he spent time at a marae in the Hokianga was one of the highlights, but studying how to do ultrasounds, medical teaching and learning pedagogy, and case studies in medicine were also interesting.
He’ll probably do some more medical papers when they come up but for the moment he’s chipping away at a postgraduate diploma in theology, filled with interesting ethics and history.
“It balances out all the science.”