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OBGY 719 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residential Course 2


Photo of Mary OlliverDr Mary Hunter is the Academic Coordinator for OBGY 719.

Dr Hunter is based in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

OBGY 719 is a three-day residential paper run at the University of Otago, Christchurch. It is a compulsory paper for the PGDipOMG. It is an optional part of the PGCertWHlth. The paper runs twice yearly, usually mid June and early November. 

All sessions are held in the University of Otago's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Level 3, Christchurch Women's Hospital, 2 Riccarton Ave. Please note that the sessions start at 8:00am on Day 1 and finish at 4:15 pm on Day 3. Morning and afternoon teas are provided and cafeterias are on-site for the purchase of lunch at Christchurch Hospital.

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Who should do this paper?

OBGY 719 is the exit residential which covers revision of topics selected by candidates and tutors, obstetrics and gynaecology databases, and New Zealand clinical management guidelines related to obstetrics and gynaecology. The aim of the paper is to provide revision on topics which may have been covered earlier in the PGDipOMG and PGCertWHlth programmes.

If the candidate is a Registrar (or similar level) and/or have clinical experience, then OBGY 719 is an appropriate paper to take, as it is more skills-based than OBGY 718.

The course includes a variety of topics covering O&G and neonates, and largely uses interactive case-based teaching to cover aspects less easily learned via reading and audio-conferences. This course is most suited for PGDipOMG candidates planning a career in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Outline of June and November OBGY 719 teaching schedule

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What's in the paper?

The paper incorporates the following topics. At the completion of the paper you should have the following knowledge base:


  1. Interpret basic antenatal screening tests
  2. Recognise and initiate management of obstetric and gynaecology emergencies, e.g postpartum haemorrhage, eclampsia
  3. Recognise and manage/refer appropriately for medical conditions in pregnancy and the puerperium
  4. Take appropriate history and initiate management of:
    • Pelvic pain
    • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Fertility delay
    • Early pregnancy problems
    • Gynaecology-endocrine conditions
    • Sexually transmitted infections
  5. Give advice regarding emergency and other contraception
  6. Gynaecological procedural skills that can be performed in primary care e.g intrauterine device insertion, pipelle biopsy
  7. Neonatology

    • Describe problems that may arise in the first six weeks of life

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    The assessment for OBGY 719 includes a literature search project for each participant, the topic will be provided four weeks ahead of the course start date, and a short presentation to accompany your search results; practical skills assessed during the workshops; a short written paper; and one OSCE station.

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    Travel and accomodation

    You are responsible for getting to and from Christchurch and arranging your own accommodation. Please contact your hospital RMO directly for financial assistance with flights and accommodation.

    Below is a list of accommodation options within walking distance of Christchurch Women's Hospital:

    Aalton Motel

    19 Riccarton Road
    Tel 0800 422 586

    Central Park Motor Lodge

    15 Riccarton Road
    Tel 0800 663 664

    Chateau on the Park

    189 Deans Avenue
    Tel 0800 808 999

    Gothic Heights Motel

    430 Hagley Avenue
    City Centre
    Tel 0800 4 468 442

    Thomas' Hotel on Hereford

    36 Hereford Street
    City Centre
    Tel +64 3 379 9536 or 0800 886 061

    Towers on the Park

    Corner of Deans Avenue and Kilmarnock Street
    Tel +64 3 348 0613 or 0800 455 456


    12 Hereford Street
    City Centre
    Tel +64 3 365 0502

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