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Professional development opportunities

Otago Medical School encourages its staff to undertake professional development in clinical education. To support this development, the School provides or facilitates a range of pportunities, from formal recognition of development in the field to skills workshops and seminars. These opportunities are available to all health professionals involved with clinical education.

The OMS Educational Development and Staff Support Unit provides expert educational support for clinical staff involved with student learning at each of the main campus sites, and remotely. Education Advisers for each area work with individual staff and also organise seminars and workshops locally.

HEDC Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Otago’s Higher Education Development Centre offers a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, including a clinical endorsement option, in which 50% of set sessions will have a medical education focus and be facilitated by specialists in medical education. Registration closes 7 February so please enquire / enrol as soon as possible; fulltime University of Otago staff may be eligible for study assistance.

Clinical Educator Programme (CEP)

The Clinical Educator Programme is a free interactive on-line resource created by the University of Otago to offer practical advice to support university staff and clinical staff in their various teaching roles.

The CEP comprises interactive ‘bite sized’ topics grouped into modules, but which can also stand alone, and which can be accessed in any combination of modules and topics to fit personal professional requirements, goals and interests. Each module has some associated activities: i.e. an article to read, a video to watch and comment upon, a brief quiz etc, each estimated to take about 30 minutes to complete.

The CEP was designed by OMS staff in conjunction with the University's Higher Education and Development Centre to provide a realistic learning experience that can be applied to your teaching context; it is activity-based and accounts for the busy nature of your professional and personal life. It is created to enable participants to accumulate topics selected from CEP for use towards evidence of continuing professional development for professional bodies.

Register for the Clinical Educator Programme (CEP website)

Short courses

EDSSU organises 1-3 days teaching the teacher courses, which can be customised to specific needs. For more information, contact your local Education Adviser or

Academy of Medical Educators

The UK based Academy offers memberships to those who complete its training courses. This next course will be in Dunedin, 9-12 November 2020. 

More information and registration

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