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Accreditation reports: Prevocational medical training

Under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) the Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) is required to accredit and monitor educational institutions that deliver medical training for doctors and to promote medical education and training in New Zealand.

The purpose of accreditation of training providers for prevocational medical training is to ensure that standards have been met for the provision of education and training for interns. Prevocational medical training spans the two years following graduation from medical school and includes both postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and postgraduate year 2 (PGY2). Doctors undertaking this training are referred to as interns. Prevocational medical training is undertaken by all graduates of New Zealand and Australian accredited medical schools and doctors who have sat and passed NZREX.

Council will accredit training providers to provide prevocational medical education and training through the delivery of an intern training programme who have:

  • structures and systems in place to ensure interns have sufficient opportunity:

-  to attain the learning outcomes of the New Zealand Curriculum Framework for Prevocational Medical Training (NZCF), and

-  to satisfactorily complete the requirements for prevocational medical training over the course of PGY1 and PGY2

  • an integrated system of education, support and supervision for interns
  • individual clinical attachments that meet Council’s accreditation standards and provide a breadth of clinical experience and high quality education and learning. 

The standards for accreditation of training providers identify the core criteria that must exist in all accredited intern training programmes while allowing flexibility in the ways in which the training provider can demonstrate they meet the accreditation standards.

Download Policy on the accreditation of prevocational medical training providers (18 April 2018)


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