"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
If you are not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident you may still be eligible for the Health Workforce Directorate of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand funding by meeting the following criteria:
The College will submit an application on your behalf to the Health Workforce Directorate of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand to determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the GPEP.
While your application is being considered any offer of training will also be subject to the amount of funding the College receives for the training programme, and the availability of training practices in your region. Please be aware that you may be placed on a waitlist until we have received confirmation of the above.
Your offer of placement will be dependent on sufficient funding and the availability of appropriate placements.
ACLS certificates cannot be more than three years old by the time you start the programme in January. A new certificate will need to be provided by the time you start the programme.
You can complete a dual Fellowship in general practice and rural hospital medicine. You will need to apply separately for the GPEP training programme and the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (DRHM) Training Programme.
We have specific regulations around dual Fellowship in general practice (GPEP) and rural hospital medicine (DRHM).
You can also complete GPEP while taking part in another vocational training programme, such as Urgent Care (although some restrictions apply).
You have the option of either working full-time or part-time in GPEP year 1.
Full-time is ten-tenths (10/10ths) a week, comprising eight-tenths (8/10ths) clinical time for 12 months, plus two-tenths (2/10ths) a week spent in seminars. Actual hours of work will be determined by the teacher in consultation with you when you start the programme. The hours do not include unpaid lunch breaks.
Part-time is seven-tenths (7/10ths) a week, comprising five-tenths (5/10ths) clinical time for 12 months, plus two-tenths (2/10ths) a week spent in seminars. Actual hours of work will be determined by the teacher in consultation with you when you start the programme. The hours do not include unpaid lunch breaks.
Please think carefully about your choice. If you are College or practice-employed you cannot change from part-time to full-time as your increased salary would not be covered by the funding.
It is also not guaranteed that you will be able to change from full-time to part-time. You would need to apply for the change and work through the process with your advisor and the practice.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the formal recognition of an individual’s learning, work experiences and/or postgraduate qualification/s obtained prior to entry to the programme. The RPL process formally assesses previously completed structured experiential learning and/or qualifications and may result in an award of credit and exemption from one or more clinical experience or education components of the programme.
Please refer to the College policy, procedure, and RPL form for further information.
You have to complete 18 months clinical time in general practice (12 months of which is GPEP year 1). You can also apply to the College to undertake up to 18 months of clinical time in other specialties.
You will have 8 years to complete the GPEP from the start of GPEP year 2 (excluding time on hold). Please refer to the Fellowship Pathway Regulations relevant to your programme for further information.
Yes. Please refer to our GPEP policies and procedures.
You are welcome to reapply for the next intake of the GPEP (applications open in February each year). If you have concerns around the admission process followed by the College, you may wish to appeal this process. Please refer to the College's Appeals policy.
Please note, an appeal cannot be made against the decision, rather the process taken to reach the final decision.