The 2024 CSSP – Fellowship Course

20-28 July 2024, Distinction Leisure Lodge, Dunedin.

For more information download the 2024programme.

Register now to secure your place – see online form at the bottom of this page.


Dunedin Basic Medical Sciences Course 2024 – CSSP Fellowship Course

We are pleased to advise that the Dunedin course (previously Queenstown) which prepares candidates for the CSSP exam will be offered on 20-28 July 2024.  The lectures follow closely the curriculum as published on the RACS website and this is a RACS-approved course. This course is particularly aimed at those who are preparing for the Mid-Set exam in Cardiothoracic Surgery. The course is also appropriate for those seeking consolidation of the basic sciences as they pertain to the cardiac, respiratory and vascular systems.

The course is now a residential course, if a candidate so desires. There are discounted rates for accommodation at Distinction Leisure Lodge for registrants. Accommodation can be procured off-site if a registrant desires.

Leisure Lodge (conference venue) has offered a discounted rate of $165 a night for bed and breakfast.

Promo code is DRCOURSE23

The venue is the Distinction Leisure Lodge, in Duke Street, Dunedin. Located in a quiet garden setting, opposite the Botanic Gardens, with plenty of off-street parking, the venue is conducive to candidates studying together in the evenings,  either at Leisure Lodge or at the Marsh Study Centre across the road. We have secured a discounted rate for bed and breakfast at Leisure Lodge.

The days will run from 8am to 5:00pm.

Morning and afternoon teas are provided.



Cost $TBC (NZ)  and a $25 (NZ) bank fee for candidates outside New Zealand

Account No: 03 0883 0164577 00


Distinction Leisure Lodge bed and breakfast rate – $165 daily

Enquiries to or 027 2230646


Mr Richard Bunton Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Dr Michael Lau Pathologist
Mr Tim Willcox Perfusion Specialist
Professor Gerry Wilkins Cardiologist
Dr Ben Brockway Respiratory Physician
Dr Geoff Laney Cardiac Anaesthetist
Dr David Milne Radiologist
Dr Sean Coffey Cardiologist
Dr Chris Walker Cardiac Anaesthetist

Assoc. Professor Rajesh Katere Physiologist

Course topics
Cardiothoracic Anatomy
Cardiac Physiology
Pulmonary Physiology
Pre-Operative Assessment and Monitoring
Imaging – Plain film/CT/PET/MRI
Echocardiography – Principles
Assessment of Coronary Artery Disease
Pathology; General, Cardiac and Thoracic
CPB Bypass/Perfusion Protection
Mechanical Support for the circulation

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