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Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy (PGDipSurgAnat)


    The Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy (PGDipSurgAnat) is a one–year programme providing instruction in clinically relevant anatomy to New Zealand registered medical practitioners or those with an equivalent overseas qualification.

    The majority of participants are doctors in their first four years of postgraduate training who are intending to pursue careers in various fields of surgery or radiology.

    The programme consists of four taught papers, and includes both distance learning and two separate two-week periods of cadaver dissection and intensive campus-based instruction. Successful participants will gain an internationally recognised qualification from the University of Otago.

    Applications open on 1 September each year and should be submitted by 31 October.

    The on-campus (Dunedin) teaching dates for 2024 are

    - Monday 1 July until Friday 12 July and
    - Monday 4 November until Friday 15 November

    Candidates are expected to attend both on-campus teaching blocks.


    Ms Kathryn McClea
    Course Administrator
    Department of Anatomy
    University of Otago
    PO Box 913
    Dunedin 9054
    New Zealand
    Tel 64 3 479 7131
    Fax 64 3 479 7254


    Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy (PGDipSurgAnat)

    1. Admission to the Programme

      1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
      2. Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

    2. Structure of the Programme

      The programme of study shall consist of four papers in Surgical Anatomy: SUAN 701, SUAN 702, SUAN 703, SUAN 704.

      Note: SUAN 701 must be completed before or concurrently with SUAN 702, and before SUAN 703 or SUAN 704.

    3. Duration of the Programme

      1. The duration of the programme shall normally be one academic year of full-time study.
      2. A full-time candidate will normally be expected to satisfy the requirements for the diploma within two years of admission to the programme.

    4. Level of Award of the Diploma

      The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

    5. Variations

      The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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    Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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