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MB ChB Director's welcome

Te mihi o te Kaiurungi

We welcome your interest in Otago’s medical degree, the MB ChB. New Zealand’s first medical training programme was established in Dunedin in 1875, and is still the country’s largest, with around 300 students at each stage, based in centres from Invercargill to the North Island’s East Cape.

The Otago Medical School is committed to developing competent doctors who understand the needs of their communities and will advocate for their patients’ welfare. Our students come into the course from a range of backgrounds and with a range of career goals. They graduate with an internationally respected degree, prepared for the lifelong learning of medical practice.

Medical knowledge and practice is always changing. We constantly revise our curriculum and teaching to incorporate best practices in both medicine and education, and to meet the needs of the communities Otago’s graduates will serve. The programme is regularly accredited by the Australian Medical Council (on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand) to ensure our graduates are ready to practise as junior doctors. Our latest accreditation in 2018 awarded us full accreditation for the maximum period available with a pleasing number of specific commendations and minimal conditions.

We invite you to explore this website to find out more about how Otago develops the medical workforce of the future.