Are you interested in becoming a rural hospital doctor? The Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme is your pathway to a specialist career, providing rural hospital care in some of New Zealand’s most remote settings.

Applying for the Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme 

Aplications are now closed. Applications for the next intake will open in February 2022.

If you have any questions, please email

Admission policy

For more information about the eligibility and the selection process, please read the admissions policy.

Fees and requirements for enrolling in the DRHM training programme


To enrol in the Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme, you must have:

  • Completed two postgraduate years in rotating hospital runs or equivalent experience
  • General registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Certificate of Professional Status from the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident visa
  • Two clinical referee reports detailing recent medical experience
  • Completed six runs of hospital specialties


The Division currently charges a FTE programme fee of $4775 + GST per annum for its contribution to your training. This fee has not increased for several years. There is an additional compulsory annual cost of $1,419.78 + GST which gives you associate membership of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine. These fees can all be legitimately claimed back from your employer.

Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (DRHM)

Membership fee/subscription: 1 April to 30 March (compulsory throughout the training programme). This includes:
  • Associate membership of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
  • Rural Hospital Division levy
  •  Levy for Research Trust

Training fee: December to December (invoiced in December each year)

OPTION 1: Full-time DRHM only  $4,775
OPTION 2: Part-time DRHM only  $3,110
OPTION 3: DRHM registrar doing GPEP year 1  
OPTION 4: DRHM + GPEP year 2/3  $4,775

Cost during time-out in training programme

Membership fee/subscription charged in full
No training fee charged during time-out period  

Summative Assessment cost:

ACRRM StAMPS (charged by and paid directly to Australian StAMPS)
Approx. AU$3,261.50
Fellowship assessment   $2,500

*  Part time in relation to DRHM programme fee is defined as less than 3.5 days per week or overall less than 36.4 weeks per year (7/10)

Fellow of the Australian College Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

Did you gain your Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) by passing the assessment* route in Australia?  Please apply now to become a Fellow of the Division (FDRHMNZ) through the ad eundum gradum agreement between the DRHM and ACRRM. All you need to do is complete and return the application form and all the supporting documents.

*You must have completed the ACRRM registrar training and assessment programme in Australia. Please that note independent pathway and prior specialist pathway are excluded.

Download the Fellowship by Reciprocity Application Form (doc.)