School of Medical Sciences

Teaching and learning

Department staff provide substantial teaching input into undergraduate medical and biomedical science programmes and contribute to a growing graduate studies programme.

Staff of the department help organise and teach postgraduate medical education courses conducted by:

  • The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • The Royal Australasian College of Radiologists
  • The Royal Australasian College of Ophthalmologists and
  • The Surgical Skills Training Centre, School of Medicine, the University of Auckland.

There has been a significant increase in postgraduate medical education with the development of short, applied anatomy courses for specialists  in general surgery, plastic surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, anesthesiology and emergency medicine. These developments have been made possible by the department's excellent human tissue resources and by the commitment and enthusiasm of the human anatomy teaching staff.

Postgraduate teaching is a particular strength of the department and first year radiology registrars make a major contribution to undergraduate medical teaching as part of their training. There are 30 registrars on the five year course for the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists. In alternate years the radiology staff run a national one week intensive course for Radiology registrars approaching their final examinations. Members of the department are actively involved in education matters related to the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists and have key responsibilities within the fields of Gastro-intestinal, Urological, Musculo-skeletal and Breast Radiology.

Details about the courses administered by the department are listed below. The course coordinator can also be contacted for further information.

First year courses

  • BIOSCI 107 - administered by the Faculty of Science.
  • MAORIHTH 10H - Introduction to Human Biology
  • MEDSCI 142 - Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems

Second year courses

  • MBCHB 202 - The Cardiovascular System
  • MBCHB 203 - The Musculoskeletal System
  • MBCHB 204 - The Respiratory System
  • MBCHB 205 - The Digestive System
  • MBCHB 206 - The Genito-urinary System
  • MEDSCI 201 - Human Structure and Function

Third year courses

  • MBCHB 301 - Special Senses
  • MBCHB 302 - Medical Neuroscience
  • MBCHB 303 - Reproduction and Endocrinology
  • MBCHB 311 - Medical Humanities

Postgraduate courses