Surgical training is a component of all undergraduate medical students' education, and is predominantly focused during the second and third phases of study.

Areas of study

During Year 4: students are attached to two different specialised surgical teams for three weeks each, with additional lectures and tutorials. During Year 5: students spend another four weeks attached to four specialty surgical teams. These attachments will vary dependent upon which of the clinical schools the student is based at. There is also an opportunity to further develop a students' surgical knowledge and skills during their four week 'selective', generally based within a New Zealand clinical setting. During Phase 3 as a Trainee Intern (TI): students will spend six weeks on surgery attachments, typically on General Surgery wards, Speciality teams, and Emergency Medicine. Students negotiate the timetable of their rotation, allowing for further development within an area of interest. As a TI their elective placement may also involve surgery, either locally or overseas.

You can study Surgery in the following programmes:

What you will learn

On completion of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, you apply directly for registration as a Doctor in New Zealand. The degree is recognised in other countries as well.

Career opportunities

Around 90% of all surgeons practicing in New Zealand or Australia are fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). From 2008, a new Surgical Education and Training Programme (SET) was launched, improving the quality and efficiency of surgical training through early selection into specialist training in one of the Nine specialty areasRoyal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).   There are opportunities in hospitals, Universities, research and teaching.

More information

For more information see Surgery.