The 2019 Course has now concluded
Dates for 2020 confirmed: Monday 2 November - Friday 13 November 2020. Contact the Course Organiser to be put on the mailing list. A Course Outline will be available in February 2020 with applications opening 2 April 2020. Information on this website currently relates to the 2019 course which will be similar to the programme planned for 2020.
The Ophthalmology Department, Dunedin School of Medicine runs an intensive interactive 2 week residential course in Dunedin in November each year. The course is for New Zealand and Australian medical graduates in their second year of the RANZCO training programme to prepare for the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist (FRANZCO).
This year the two week clinical course will run from Monday 14 October to Friday Friday 25 October 2019 in Dunedin New Zealand for candidates sitting the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination in 2020. Sub-specialty topics will be addressed. For each topic there will be clinically oriented interactive modules, seminars and case presentations. In addition there will be 4 mock OSCE’s and 4 mock written examinations (Candidates will be split into two groups with one group doing an OSCE while the other group doing the mock written examination). Candidates will work in pairs, alternating between being the examiner and observer during OSCE’s. The course is limited and candidates must contact the Course Organiser for an application for entry.
Getting to Dunedin City
The Dunedin International Airport is situated 30 minutes drive from the city and the cheapest option is to book a shuttle online with group bookings considerably cheaper than single bookings. (Taxi fare one way from the airport is currently in the region of NZ$90.00 – one way shuttle approximately NZ$25 if booked online
Shuttle: www.supershuttle.co.nz ) Phone 0800 748 885
Dunedin Taxis 03 477 7777
Corporate Cabs 03477 7000
All candidates are to report to the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street at 8am on Monday 14 October 2019. Please refer to the venue map on this website. Entry is to the right of the main entrance to the Museum.
All OSCE’s will be held at the Dunedin Hospital located at 201 Great King Street. All lectures will be held at the Otago Museum. Mock exams - venue to be confirmed.
Street parking is available near the venue and hospital however parking limits range from 30 minutes to 4 hours. The Dunedin City Council has a guide to pricing and time limits here. The Great King Street Carpark is recommended for all day parking and is NZ$1.00 per hour if parking commences prior to 10 am. More information on parking buildings in the CBD is available here.
There will be sufficient indirect ophthalmoscopes provided for the relevant OSCE stations, however you are encouraged to bring your own if you prefer to be practicing with the equipment you will be using in the actual OSCE. Clipboards and question/answer sheets will be provided for the OSCE’s. (A4 ruled 100 leaf writing pad provided in registration pack).
Free Wireless Internet access will be provided in the lecture room. A number of power outlets will be set up within the room for charging of devices. Please note there will be no wireless access at the Dunedin Hospital.
Readings and notes will be provided electronically on Dropbox (access will be provided two weeks prior to the course) any updates added during the course.
All Candidates should wear professional attire on the days of the OSCE, with casual wear permitted on all other days (OSCE Groups will be confirmed on the first day of the course). Social events will be smart casual.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided at morning and afternoon tea times and a basic packed lunch will be provided for candidates on the days they are attending the OSCE’s. Lunches will be named and will include any special diets previously advised. Please note that candidates not attending the OSCE’s (lecture only attendees) will need to make their own lunch arrangements and there are a number of cafes in close proximity to the course venue. There is a cafe within the Otago Museum which serves coffee and food.
We can recommend DUNEDIN ROASTERY CAFE which is situated near to the main venue. Alternatively THE FIX CAFE on Frederick Street (towards the city) also The Dispensary Cafe on the Ground Floor of the Hospital is very popular, but there may be a wait. Barista coffee is available at the Otago Museum located next to the lecture room.
The course includes two social events which are both included in the course fee. More information will be provided once the event dates are confirmed.
DUNEDIN URGENT DOCTORS are situated at 18 Filleul Street and close at 10 pm Phone +64 (0)3 479 2900.
Medical Emergencies dial 111.
Anyone suffering from an infectious disease eg Adeno-viral conjunctivitis, must not attend the course and fees will be fully refunded if you find yourself in this position.
Dunedin has a great variety of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Some recommendations:
Madame Woo's - Lower Stuart Street
Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant- The Octagon
Saigon Van - St Andrews Street
Two Chefs - 121 Stuart Street
Fish Hook - 424 George Street
Hutong 388 George Street
Emersons Taproom and Restaurant 70 Anzac Ave
Pequeno (best hidden bar) down alley opposite Rialto Cinema on Moray Place
More information on Dunedin
The DUNEDIN WEBSITE has more information for visitors.
The Dunedin Ophthalmology Course will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand
The lectures will be held in The Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum 419 Great King Street.
The OSCE's will be held in the Eye Department, Level 2, Dunedin Hospital.
Attendees must organise their own accommodation
Terms and Conditions
NZ$3,500.00 must be paid by 20 July 2019 to confirm course placement.
Cancellations received prior to 1 September 2019 will be refunded less an administration fee of NZ$300.00. No refunds will be made from 3 September 2019. Refunds cannot be made due to travel delay or disruption.
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out personal travel and medical insurance prior to attending the event. The policy should include loss of fees through cancellation of your participation or through cancellation of the event itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The Course Organisers will not take any responsibility for any delegate failing to insure. If for any reasons beyond the control of the Course Organisers, the course is cancelled, registration fees will be refunded after deduction of expenses.
Anyone suffering from an infectious disease eg Adeno-viral conjunctivitis, must not attend the course and fees will be fully refunded (medical certificate required) if you find yourself in this position.