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 

Applications for the 2020/21 Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme have closed. If you have a question about your application, please email

Admission policy

The admission policy outlines the process and procedures for admission to Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme. It includes the minimum requirements for entry to the programme and the selection criteria.

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.

*  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 our College through the recognition agreement between the RNZCGP 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 note that independent pathway and prior specialist pathway are excluded.

Download the Fellowship by Reciprocity Application Form (doc.)