The process to become a Rural Hospital Doctor starts with an application. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will take place before offer letters are sent to successful applicants

Application Form

Applications for the 2019/2020 DRHM intake are now closed.

Preference is given to those with prior exposure to rural health and the rural environment.

Download application form


Closing date for applications

Applications for the 2019/20 DRHM cohort are now closed.
Any enquiries, please contact contact us: +64 4 496 5999


Admission Policy

This policy outlines the process and procedures for admission to the training programme for the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine, New Zealand. It includes the minimum requirements for entry to the programme and the selection criteria.

Admission Policy


Fees and requirements for enrolling in the DRHM training programme


To enrol in the DRHM 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.

*  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 of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

Did you gain Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine via the training and assessment route?

If you are working in New Zealand you can become an ad eundum gradum Fellow of our College. All you need to do is complete and return the application form and all the supporting documents.

Download the Fellowship by Reciprocity Application Form (doc.)