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Undergraduate teaching in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

This page is about the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health contribution to the University of Otago medical degree.

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Overview of MICN501, 5th Year Child & Adolescent Health Module (MBChB)

The 5th Year Child & Adolescent Health Module is a 10-week programme which runs 3 times a year and is comprised of 2 sections:

Part 1 – “Acute Paediatrics” in which the emphasis is on clinical exposure for the students.
Part 2 – “Community Paediatrics” in which the emphasis is on the support organisations in the community that work with the hospital in providing on-going care to children, management of children with chronic disease and disability, and child development.

We use a mixture of didactic teaching, self-directed tutorials, and practical clinical work in teaching 5th year medical students. We take advantage of the wide range of expertise, specialities and sub-specialties of our academic staff and clinical senior lecturers in creating the curriculum for this teaching.

The Department of Paediatrics awards the annual Margaret Lewis Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Paediatrics by a 5th Year student.


Associate Professor Esko Wiltshire
Course Convenor

Jo Edson
Tel +64 4 918 6139
Fax +64 4 385 5898

Overview of MCIN601, Trainee Intern Paediatric Module

The 6th year medical students spend 4 weeks in paediatrics of the total 48-week Trainee Intern year. Students can complete their paediatric attachment at Wellington, Hutt, Palmerston North, Whanganui or Hawke's Bay Hospitals. During the attachment the students spend most of their time in acute paediatrics but there is also exposure to outpatient clinics and neonatal medicine where the focus is on the care of the term neonate.

The objectives follow on from the objectives of the 5th year Child & Adolescent Health programme. By the end of the attachment it is expected that the students will:
◦ Feel competent to take a full acute history for the range of common illnesses occurring in infancy and childhood and also screen appropriately for family, social and developmental problems
◦ Feel competent to undertake a complete physical examination of an infant or child including a screening developmental assessment
◦ Feel competent to determine a differential diagnosis and investigation plan appropriate to the presenting complaint of the child
◦ Understand which investigations, if any, are appropriate to investigate the presenting complaint and have gained some practical experience in simple investigative procedures in children such as the taking of blood
Be able to form a management plan for the child including: appropriate charting of medications, observations required, time of next review
◦ Have furthered their understanding of the anatomical and physiological differences between adults and children and the ways they manifest in both health and disease

The Department of Paediatrics awards the annual HJ Weston Prize for Outstanding Achievement by a student in Paediatrics in 6th Year.

In addition, the Department of Paediatrics – in combination with the other two Medical Schools – awards the Jim Watt Prize to the Trainee Intern who performs the best in the end of year Trainee Intern Distinction VIVAs.


Professor Lynette Sadleir
Course Convenor

Meena Lal
Tel  +64 4 918 6138
Fax +64 4 385 5898