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The Rural Postgraduate Programme provides a range of educational activities suitable for CME for generalist doctors working in rural general practice and/or rural hospitals.

Papers offered by the Rural Postgraduate Programme

All the papers offered are specifically designed for doctors already working rurally. The papers can be done as part of the postgraduate qualifications or as a one off CME activity. The level of involvement varies from doing all the papers formally to doing any number of individual papers (even just one) to only attending the residentials of some of papers as CME. The papers are delivered through online learning activities, teleconferences and one 3 to 6 days residential. Up to date (handpicked) literature that are specifically relevant to the rural context are provided as background reading.

All the papers qualify for MOPS credits as well as satisfying the requirement for clinical attachment in base hospital (for Rural Hospital Fellows) under the RNZCGP CPD programme.

All the papers also satisfy the GPEP2 academic requirements for GP registrars.

Find out more about the papers that make up the Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice

Rural CME Webinars

This is a new initiative in conjunction with the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine to make relevant CME more accessible to rural doctors. To begin with we aim to deliver four webinars a year via Zoom. Prior registration is required. The sessions are free and the webinars will be recorded for future viewing. Organised by Rural Doctors for Rural Doctors.

RNZCGP logoThe Rural CME Webinars have been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 1 CMEcredit per webinar for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

Please contact Lucinda Thatcher for further questions or for CME topic requests. Workshops are listed in our Events section on our homepage.

Lucinda Thatcher

19 October 2019

Webinar 1 – Atrial Fibrillation with Associate Professor Gerry Wilkins
Watch online for free at Leaning on Fenceposts

9 March 2020

Webinar 2 – Mental Health Update with Dr Dan Allan and Dr Mark Lankshear
Watch online for free at Leaning on Fenceposts

4 May 2020

Webinar 3 – Stroke Update with Dr Teddy Wu and Dr Steven Withington

3 August 2020

Webinar 4 – Diabetes: Management of acute problems with Dr Alex McLeod (Rural Hospital Specialist) and Sharon Sandilands (Rural Diabetes Nurse Specialist)

19 October 2020

Webinar 5 – Update on heart failure with Associate Professor Garry Nixon and Dr Rory Miller

More webinars can be viewed on Leaning on the Fence Posts blog site.

Rural Generalist CME Workshop

A yearly workshop on rural health.

Find out more about the Rural CME Workshop

Rural Simulation Course (RiSC)

A new resuscitation course specifically designed for rural clinicians.

Find out more about RiSC


Research can be conducted in a supported environment utilising the resources of the University of Otago.

Read about our Rural Health Research

Master of Health Science

Suitable for those pursuing a higher degree in rural health.

Find out more about the MHealSc

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound

This provides formal university training in clinician performed ultrasound.

Find out more about the PGCertCPU

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