"As a GP you get to form a relationship with your patients. It is a privilege to guide them on their journey towards better health."
Dr Jess Payne
The general practice education programme (GPEP) is the three year pathway to a specialist career as a general practitioner in New Zealand.
This section includes information about the programme including GPEP1, GPEP2/3, entry requirements and fees, fellowship regulations.
Apply to have your prior specialist training recognised. If you are not already working in New Zealand, you need to apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand for a practising certificate and provisional vocational registration as a general practitioner before applying to become a Fellow of the College. Once you have obtained a practising certificate and provisional vocational registration as a general practitioner, there are a number of pathways to Fellowship depending on your prior experience and training.
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. This section looks at the benefits of becoming a GP in New Zealand.
Find out what it's like to be a General Practitioner. The College has compiled a number of GP profiles to illustrate the life of a GP. These GPs are leaders in their communities, forming strong relationships with their patients and living life to the full.
Community based attachment (CBA) is a brand new requirement for postgraduate year one and two resident medical officers (RMOs) to experience primary care medicine first hand. It is an invaluable practical module that grounds young doctors to some of the most essential and vulnerable parts of their local community.
Furthermore, being absorbed in specialist community services such as sexual health, hospice, and general practice will help you decide your future career choices.
CBA is currently being phased in and is expected to be a popular choice among young doctors leading up to it becoming a compulsory attachment from 2020 onwards.