Information about the change to the intern start date

Announcements

From 2022 all new graduates will start their PGY1 year in January. This year is a transitional year and medical students are able to choose to start their PGY1 year on either 30 November 2020 or 18 January 2021.


This FAQs document addresses the upcoming change to the intern start date and its impact on the prevocational medical training programme and registration requirements. The FAQs are aimed at the following:

  • final year medical students
  • interns, prevocational educational supervisors
  • clinical directors of training
  • RMO and clinical education units.

This is a transitional year and medical students are able to choose to start their PGY1 year on 30 November 2020 or 18 January 2021. This change in start dates also has an impact on current PGY1 and PGY2 interns.

From 2022, we understand that all new graduates will start their PGY1 year in January.

The decision to change the rotation start date was made by the District Health Boards employing interns. As the regulatory body that registers all doctors to practise in New Zealand, Council’s role is to operationalise this within the prevocational medical training programme and registration requirements.

The link below has answers to some of the commonly asked questions about this transition. We will update this document as developments occur.

  • MCNZ FAQs - Change to intern start date

    This document aims to clarify matters relating to the amended start date and changes to dates for intern clinical attachments for the year commencing at the end of 2020.