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Study general practice

The mahi of a GP

As a GP, you will do great things for the health of Aotearoa and the wellbeing of its many communities. No workday will be the same, but every day will be filled with the stories of people from all backgrounds and experiences. You will make long-lasting connections with these people and work through complex yet rewarding challenges in helping them manage their health.

In your mahi as a GP, you will always learn in your job, you will be part of a team, and you will have a flexible working life.


General Practice Education Programme (GPEP)

To practise as a GP and become a Fellow of the College you need to complete GPEP, a vocational training programme that is run by the College, or if you are an overseas-trained doctor, apply for our Prior Specialist Training pathway (PDF).

Most people study GPEP as a full-time course that will take at least three years. There is also a part-time option.


Support for registrars

The College supports every registrar studying GPEP. Medical educators and teachers, and the College’s clinical leads and specialist education coordinators will help you through your study, and you will have access to many in-person and online learning opportunities such as resources through Te Ara (the College’s online learning management system).

Learn more about support for GPEP students

Tautoko for Māori registrars and Fellows

Tautoko is provided to Māori registrars studying GPEP and once they have graduated and become Fellows. The College’s specialist Māori staff work alongside registrars, as does our Pou Whirinaki who provides clinical and pastoral support in the first year of general practice study. She also oversees the curriculum.

Māori registrars can also join and participate in Te Akoranga a Māui, the College’s special Māori representative group.

Registrars can opt in or opt out of these offerings at any time during their study.

Learn more about tautoko for Māori registrars and Fellows

Key admission dates

  • Applications for the next intake of students are currently open and will close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 11 April 2023.
  • Formal offer letters for successful applicants will be sent in June and July.
  • GPEP year 1 will start in January.

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Still have questions?

If you have any pātai about GPEP, please let us know