GPEP years 2 and 3

In years two and three you continue to work in a practice under the guidance of a College Fellow who supports you to extend your learning and reflect on your clinical training.

During this stage of GPEP you will need to complete a piece of academic work.

After you've finished all the required clinical and academic mahi, you will undertake a Fellowship assessment visit and, if successful, you will be awarded Fellowship of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP). Find out about Distinguished Fellowship.

Everyone who is awarded Fellowship is also invited to an annual graduation ceremony where they are presented to the President of the College.

Employer

When you move on to GPEP years 2 and 3, you will need to find an employer at an appropriate practice and negotiate the terms of your employment.

Clinical experience 

During GPEP years 2 and 3 you will continue to expand your skills and knowledge while you work in a clinic. These years have a special emphasis on reflection.

You will also learn more through:

  • feedback from your colleagues
  • clinical audit activities
  • patient surveys
  • In-practice visits from a visiting College Medical Educator.

Kaiako and Te Ara (the College’s online learning space) will help you with your learning and formative programme activities (activities throughout the course that are used to inform your learning).

Hours of work

You will work a minimum of four-tenths (about 16 clinical hours per week) and will keep up a mentoring relationship with a Fellow of the College.

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Academic component

You must complete an academic component during GPEP years 2 and 3. You can do:

  • a 15-credit postgraduate paper from an approved provider, or
  • a research project completed as part of an approved research component, or
  • a te reo Māori course delivered by an approved provider that is a minimum of 15 credits.

Or, if you completed a postgraduate certificate, diploma, or higher qualification relevant to general practice before you started GPEP, then this may be able to be credited as your academic component.

Fellowship assessment visit

You will be eligible for a Fellowship assessment visit when you have finished:

  1. all formative programme activities (activities throughout the course that are used to inform your learning) and clinical experience requirements
  2. the written and clinical examinations with a passing grade
  3. the academic component.

Your Fellowship assessment visit usually takes place in the general practice you are employed by and will take four to five hours to complete. You will demonstrate that you are competent in all aspects of being a GP, which will include consultations, reviewing medical records, discussion with your assessor, and equipment and tools.

Registrars who successfully complete a Fellowship assessment visit will be awarded Fellowship of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP).

Congratulations!