As a rural hospital doctor, you will be challenged to work across a wide range of clinical presentations and focus on secondary care; a Swiss army knife of medicine.

About the Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme

Living outside the hustle and bustle of city life will open the door to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful outdoors.

The Division of Rural Hospital Medicine is part of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. The Division commenced in 2008 to deliver the vocational scope for doctors working within rural hospitals.

The Division of Rural Hospital Medicine provides doctors with an accredited training programme to become a Fellow of Rural Hospital Medicine.

This career path builds on general practitioner skills and requires a broad body of generalist knowledge and specific skills.

What are rural hospitals?



  • Hospitals that are easily accessible for patients in small towns
  • Oriented in responsive secondary care
  • Contain doctors with a wide knowledge base
  • Fewer resources and greater communication with other hospitals
  • Care for cultural and sociologically diverse range of patients

Find out more about the programme


Applications for the next intake will open in February 2023.

Rural hospital doctor profiles

Read about some of our Rural Hospital Doctors doing incredible work in their communities.

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Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme curriculum


Representing rural hospital doctors, the College:

  • Defines professional standards
  • Offers an accredited training programme to attain Fellowship of Rural Hospital Medicine
  • Provides lifetime education and collegial support (CPD)
  • Shares future Rural Hospital Medicine research.