School of Medicine

Teaching at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology




The department is responsible for teaching Obstetrics and Gynaecology to students in years 2 and 3 as well as 5 and 6 of the medical curriculum at the University of Auckland's School of Medicine. Year 5 and 6 teaching currently is carried out at Auckland Hospital and Middlemore Hospital, and for a smaller number of students at Waikato Hospital and North Shore Hospital.

Child Development and Family Study

The Child Development and Family Study has been an important part of the University of Auckland’s second and third year medical students’ experience for many years now. This study is the first and only time that students get the chance to be involved in an ongoing study that is community based.

Child Development and Family Study


The purpose of the postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology is to improve standards of obstetric and gynaecological care provided by general practitioners working in the community. Diploma candidates undergo a programme of practical training and formal education. Special update courses are held twice a year, as are the formal examinations (written multi-choice questions and an objective structured clinical examination).

In 2016 a new health sciences specialisation in Women's Health has been intrduced:

The department is also involved in organising the ongoing educational programmes for hospital resident staff. In addition, it oversees training and teaching of candidates for membership of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Reproductive Science

Official course descriptions for the following reproductive science courses can be found below:

  • MEDSCI 313 - Reproductive Biology
  • MEDSCI 730 - Reproductive Science
  • MEDSCI 731 - Reproductive Medicine

Postgraduate research opportunities

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has several opportunities for postgraduate research, and there are several PhD, MSc, and BSc(Hons) students undertaking research projects in the department. Please make direct contact with the Principal Investigator of each research group for further information.

For any questions regarding courses, contact Dr Andrew Shelling or Dr Larry Chamley.


Ultrasound courses

Preparation ultrasound

The Preparation Ultrasound course is designed in two parts for candidates preparing for the Part 1 Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography (DMU), General and Obstetrics specialties, and Part 2 Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography, General and Obstetrics specialties. Parts of this course will also be suitable for those preparing for the Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasonography (DDU). Further information will be available when the dates of the next course have been decided. need to know about PhysiPhysics of ultrasound and instrumentation

What you need to know about Physics of Ultrasound. This two day seminar is most suitable for those who are preparing for the Diploma of Medical Ultrasonograhy, DMU, examinations (Part 1 and Part 2), Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound examinations, DDU, Postgraduate Diploma of Health Science – Ultrasound, and sonographers and sonologists requiring refresher courses in medical technology. Certificates of attendance will be available and evaluation forms for those requiring proof for registration audit and CPD points.

Topics include:

  • Transducer technology and beam formation
  • Imaging technology of ultrasound instrumentation
  • Artifacts in ultrasound imaging
  • Doppler principles and instrumentation
  • Bioeffects and safety of ultrasound
  • Technical assessment of images

Ultrasound CD-ROM

The Introduction to Ultrasound in Obstetrics CD (2006 version) is on sale through the Department of O&G for $65 plus postage and packaging.

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(42.0 kB, MSWORD)

This CD-ROM is designed for student sonographers, obstetric registrars, midwives and those beginning ultrasound in obstetrics. Areas covered are scanning techniques for the first, second, and third trimester of pregnancy and a special topic on technical aspects.

It is suitable for Australasian Cochrane Centre professionals who are interested in preparing, maintaining and disseminating comprehensive, regularly updated critical reviews of evidence from randomised controlled trials relevant to their specialty interests. The New Zealand branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre operates training workshops for NZ-based reviewers.

Visit the New Zealand branch of the Cochrance Centre


Other teaching

From time to time the department holds special courses for obstetric/gynaecology specialists, general practitioners and midwives, including a winter series of lectures in medical problems in obstetrics, women’s health and infertility.