The Rural Hospital Training Programme is an intensive four-year programme that qualifies you to work a rural hospital generalist. 

About the training programme

The Rural Hospital Training Programme teaches core components of generalist knowledge, specific skills and approaches to tackle the plethora of possible hospital presentations in a rural context.

Rural hospital registrars

  • Registrars with families can study part time
  • Fellows in training are assigned an Educational Facilitator (EF) as a mentor and guide
  • The Division has recognition for prior learning to avoid repeat training
  • Must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident

Dual Fellowship

Training in rural hospital medicine parallel to general practice is a popular choice among new registrars as they can be completed together in six years. Training in both scenarios opens door to flexibility in your future career.

A rural hospital medicine registrar can use up to 18 months of specified runs against the ‘non general practice’ time required in General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) and vice versa for GPEP registrars. 

Apply to join the DRHM training programme

           Applications open early December 2017.

Read the DRHM Fellowship Regulations


Find out more in the Training Programme Handbook 2017.

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Live and work in some of the most beautiful places in New Zealand as a rural hospital doctor working with tight knit communities

You'll utilise a broad range of skills, knowledge and attitudes building on your general practitioner skills

Apply Now to become a rural hospital doctor working in remote areas of New Zealand.

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The post-graduate papers required for training are available from both the University of Otago and the University of Auckland.

The programme has many moving parts; but help is at hand. Your EF is a Fellow in rural hospital medicine who will assist you, together with a rotational supervisor who works alongside you in clinical practice. There are two clinical leaders also available to provide support.

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