GPEP year 1
In your first year, you will work in either one or two general practices alongside kaiako and approved medical educators who are also GPs. The College will place you in a practice and work with you to do that. As well as working with patients, you will attend interactive seminars and workshops with other GPs in training and complete a range of learning activities.
At the end of this year, you will sit the GPEP year 1 clinical and written examinations. The clinical exam is held in Wellington and the written exam happens regionally across New Zealand.
Alongside kaiako and Medical Educators, you will complete one or two practice placements in accredited teaching practices.
College-employed registrars complete two six-month practice placements over the 12-month period. We will try to place you in a rural or high needs practice for one of the six-month placements.
Practice and self-employed registrars usually complete one practice placement over the 12-month period.
There is also the option (with approval by the College) to undertake both of your attachments in a rural practice.
Seminars and wānanga
As well as clinical time, you will also take part in lots of different learning activities. With kaiako and other GPs in training from across the motu, you will take part in:
- interactive seminars and workshops
- small group discussions
- video reviews.
Written and clinical exams
At the end of your first year, you’ll take the experience and knowledge that you’ve gained into your GPEP year 1 written and clinical examinations.
Hours of work
You can complete GPEP year 1 as full-time or part-time study.
- Full-time registrars work eight-tenths clinical time a week (a thirty-two-hour week), alongside two-tenths of the week in seminars and workshops (8 hours per week).
- Part-time registrars work five-tenths clinical time a week (about a twenty-hour-week) and spend two-tenths of the week in seminars (8 hours per week).
Think carefully about whether you want to study part-time or full-time, as it’s not guaranteed that you can change midway through the programme.
GPEP year 1 funding types
There are three different ways you can pay for GPEP: College-employed, practice-employed, and self-funded
You are employed directly by the College during your 12 months in GPEP year 1. Your expenses associated with employment and training (including your membership subscription, written and clinical examination fees) are paid by the College.
This is an option if you are currently employed by a practice and/or want to stay in a single practice for your first year of GPEP training. You are employed directly by a practice and work at that practice while you do your GPEP year 1 training.
You will not have to change practices at six months, as College-employed registrars are required to do.
The training fees associated with GPEP year 1 will be paid by the College. Your salary will be paid by your practice and you will need to pay for your clinical and written examination fees as well as the College membership fees.
As a self-funded registrar you pay GPEP fees yourself, which are about $60,000 + GST. You are employed directly by a practice and work at that practice while you do your GPEP year 1 training.
You will not have to change practices at six months as College-employed registrars are required to do.
The College will invoice you for the training and administration fees ($40,000 + GST) associated with GPEP year 1. Your salary will be paid by your practice and you will pay for your clinical and written examination fees as well as the College membership fees.