University of Otago Relationship

University of OtagoLocated in Dunedin, The University of Otago's Faculty of Medicine is the oldest in the country and was founded in 1874. The Dunedin School of Medicine provides research-based undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of international standard in  medicine and related sciences.

All Otago University Medical Students undertake their second and third years in Dunedin before choosing between the Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington campuses for their clinical training.  Hospital training from the Dunedin School of Medicine is provided in Dunedin Hospital and in Southland Hospital, Invercargill. There is an Associate Dean based at Southland Hospital to support students on placement. The School also provides a Rural Health experience for all its clinical students in country areas around the Otago and Southland region, as well as experience in urban community settings.

The strong collaborative relationship between the Southern District Health Board and the University's Dunedin School of Medicine has resulted in a number of joint University/Clinical posts, combining  academic and clinical work across the two organisations.

The Dunedin School of Medicine has a strong research tradition, and many researchers are international leaders in their areas such as cancer, diabetes, and preventive and social medicine.   Much of the research is conducted in association with the Southern District Health Board, which provides a valuable opportunity for those wanting to undertake clinical research. 

The Southern District Health Board and Dunedin School of Medicine collaborate to promote, monitor and approve the arrangements for doing research and to ensure patient safety in research. Research is facilitated through the Health Research Office, a joint venture between the Dunedin School of Medicine and the Southern District Health Board. Funding for research is obtained from external granting bodies such as the Health Research Council of NZ, Marsden Fund and the NZ Cancer Society. Commercial clinical research trials are supported.

An excellent Medical Library is housed on the first, second and third floors of the Sayers Building across the road from the Hospital. It contains some 138,000 volumes, and receives more than 1,600 periodicals currently. A comprehensive range of English language electronic databases (KAREN,MEDLINE, EMBASE, Current Contents, The Cochrane Library, Best Evidence, HealthStar,PsycINFO, PsycLIT, BioethicsLine, CINAHL, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts) are available on-line in the library and on personal computers throughout the Medical School.

For more information about the University of Otago please visit www.otago.ac.nz