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Vocational training

Doctors on the medical register with a current practising certificate who have reported they are participating in vocational training.

Explanation of terms used in this dashboard

Vocational training

Once a doctor successfully completes prevocational medical training and has received registration within a general scope of practice, a doctor is then eligible to enrol in a vocational medical training programme. Doctors undertaking this training are referred to as trainee doctors, and are usually employed as registrars.

The aim of the vocational medical training programme is to ensure that doctors further develop specialist clinical and professional skills. The broad goals of vocational medical training are to produce doctors eligible for vocational registration within a recognised scope of practice.

See the following page on our website for more information:

Ethnicity data

We collect ethnicity data from doctors as part of the workforce survey, completed by doctors at the time of renewing their annual practising certificate. Doctors can choose not to report their ethnicityEthnicity data has been linked with registration data to enable reporting on the demographic breakdown of registered medical doctors.

Doctors can report up to three ethnicities. However, when we report data, we assign each doctor a single ethnicity using a simplified version of Statistics New Zealand’s prioritisation standard. The ethnicity we use in analysis is the one reported by the doctor with the highest priority.

The priority order is:  

  1. Māori 
  2. Pasifika (Pacific Island or Pacific Peoples) 
  3. Chinese 
  4. Indian 
  5. Other non-European 
  6. Other European 
  7. New Zealand European/Pākehā.

Gender data

The Council supports the right of people to identify with non-binary genders and have this reflected in their official record. Doctors caupdate their recorded gender identity at any time through the myMCNZ portal .

There are a small number of doctors on the register with a current practising certificate who identify as gender diverse - four as of 30 June 2023. We have not presented these doctors as a separate group when data has been broken down by gender because of the small size of the group, and the need to preserve privacy 

Gender is a complex area. Not all doctors who identify as a different gender frowhat they were assigned at birth will have chosen to identify as Gender Diverse Some will have chosen to record the gender with which they do identify (eg Male or Female).