You will need the skills to handle anything and everything – medical detective one minute, life coach the next. You’ll know your patients well enough to see beyond their symptoms, and help change their lives.

Make a difference

Help more, help earlier and be the hand your patients need.

Change lives

Do more than just fix what’s broken – be part of your patients’ lives and the community. You’re equal parts detective, coach and clinician. 

Have a balanced life

Get more variety and a job you love.

Do it your way

Have more control over your life and your career – choose where you live and work, follow your interests into a specialty, and even be your own boss.

Your road to becoming a GP

It takes three years of postgraduate study through The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners to become a GP.

Programme Overview

The GP education programme is divided into two stages, and combines on-the-job experience and mentoring with workshops and seminars. 

In the first year, you’ll get one-on-one teaching with an accredited GP teacher in two different general practices in New Zealand, and attend seminars and workshops with other GP trainees. At the end of that year, you’ll sit the GPEP clinical and written examinations. In GPEP2/3 (the next stage of the programme), you’ll work full-time in clinical practice. 

Find out more about yourjourney to becoming a GP.

GP perspectives

College Medical Director and Wellington GP Dr Richard Medlicott speaks to the New Zealand Medical Association's Emily Dwight about how he became a GP and what he likes about the work.

Listen to the podcast below.

 

Completed undergraduate education in medicine


At least two years’ postgraduate medical experience – one year must be in New Zealand

Registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand in general scope of practice

New Zealand citizenship or New Zealand permanent residency visa holder