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The University of Otago, Wellington is one of four component schools that make up the University of Otago Medical School. All University of Otago medical students who gain entry after a competitive Health Sciences First Year programme, or who gain graduate entry, spend their second and third years studying in Dunedin in a programme called Early Learning in Medicine (ELM), which is jointly taught by the Dunedin School of Medicine and the School of Biomedical Sciences. In their fourth, fifth, and sixth years, medical students study at either Dunedin School of Medicine; the University of Otago, Christchurch; or the University of Otago, Wellington.



From 1924, students could complete their last year of training at hospitals in either Auckland, Christchurch, or Wellington as well as Dunedin. In 1938, a branch faculty was established in Christchurch, Auckland, and Wellington. The Wellington branch faculty became a 'clinical' school in 1977, the forerunner to the modern University of Otago, Wellington.[1]


The University of Otago, Wellington is structured into nine academic departments:[2]

  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology and Molecular Medicine
  • Primary Health Care and General Practice
  • Psychological Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery and Anaesthesia.

Additional disciplines are taught in Dunedin and Christchurch.[3]

The Wellington Medical and Health Sciences Library provides library services to staff and students of the University and staff of the Capital and Coast District Health Board.


  1. ^ "Mein St's link with medical services". Stuff. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Departments of the University of Otago, Wellington". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Undergraduate study at Otago Medical School". Retrieved 10 October 2017.

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