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The Otago Medical School is part of the University of Otago's Division of Health Sciences, which also comprises the Faculty of Dentistry, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, and School of Physiotherapy.

The Division of Health Sciences is one of four academic divisions within the University of Otago:

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Component schools and departments

The Otago Medical School comprises three medical campuses: Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington.

Each of these campuses has multiple departments:

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Campuses in detail

The University of Otago Medical School’s administrative base is Dunedin, but students are widely dispersed across New Zealand, with some postgraduate courses being studied by distance.

Most medical students gain entry to the Medicine programme after completing the competitive Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) in Dunedin. They then undertake their second- and third-year training in Dunedin. This period is known as Early Learning in Medicine (ELM).

Following ELM, medical students are split into three groups – with one-third of students taught at each of our three campuses for years 4–6. These last three years are known as Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM), and are taught by the Dunedin Christchurch, and Wellington campuses.

Students at the Dunedin Campus

Dunedin-based students include:

  • All Health Sciences First Year students (jointly taught by the Divisions of Sciences and Health Sciences)
  • All ELM medical students (years 2 and 3)
  • One-third of ALM medical students (years 4, 5, and 6)
  • Medical Laboratory Science students
  • Postgraduate students

Students at the University of Otago, Christchurh

Christchurch-based students include:

  • One-third of ALM medical students (years 4, 5, and 6)
  • Nursing students
  • Postgraduate students

Students at the University of Otago, Wellington

Wellington-based students include:

  • One-third of ALM medical students (years 4, 5, and 6)
  • Radiation Therapy students
  • Postgraduate students

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Off-campus activities

Student placements

Students studying Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, and Radiation Therapy undertake significant parts of their training in hospitals or laboratories away from the main campuses.

Sixth-year medical students are known as trainee interns (TIs), and spend the entirety of their sixth year on placement in a hospital (in New Zealand or overseas).

Rural Medical Immersion Programme

A small number of fifth-year medical students can optionally take part in the Rural Medical Immersion Programme (RMIP). This bases them at rural hospitals in Clutha, Marlborough, Southland, Tararua, Wairarapa, or Westland for the duration of their fifth year.

This is an alternative to undertaking fifth-year studies on-campus in Christchurch, Dunedin, or Wellington.

RMIP information (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)

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