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Prevocational training

The Council has implemented a series of changes to prevocational medical training requirements for doctors in New Zealand.

In November 2014 new requirements were introduced for prevocational medical training for interns (graduates of New Zealand and Australian accredited medical schools and doctors who have passed the NZREX Clinical examination). Implementation of the changes were staged with the first changes taking effect in November 2014 and the remaining changes were implemented in November 2015. The changes aim to improve patient safety and the performance of doctors through providing high quality learning.

Prevocational medical training requirements

Prevocational training - PGY1/PGY2 & NZREX requirements

Overview of changes to prevocational medical training

Download Overview of prevocational medical training changes (November 2016 310KB)

Accreditation reports: Prevocational medical training

Accreditation reports can be found here.

Community based attachments

In June 2014 Council approved a definition of community based attachment.

Download Definition of community based attachment (December 2016, PDF, 131KB)

Every intern is required to complete one clinical attachment in a community based setting over the course of the two intern years (PGY1 and PGY2 and doctors who have passed NZREX). Council approved a staged transition, with a goal of 25% of interns in each DHB completing a community based clinical attachment in the year commencing November 2016 and working towards 100% compliance by November 2020. Training providers will need to demonstrate progress over this period. 

If a training provider wishes a clinical attachment to be recognised as a community based attachment, then the clinical attachment will need to meet both:

1. Accreditation standards for clinical attachments, and 

2. Additional accreditation standards for community based attachments 

These standards will need to be considered in conjunction with the Accreditation standards for training providers.

Community Based Attachments – Information Guide for DHBs

Health Workforce New Zealand, the Medical Council of New Zealand, the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care, and district health Boards (DHBs) continue to work together to implement the staged introduction of community based attachments (CBA) for prevocational medical training.

The attached Information Guide for District Health Boards provides DHBs with key details regarding the CBA programme including:

  • a full definition of a CBA
  • oversight and governance of the CBA programme
  • guiding principles of the CBA programme
  • a list of key stakeholders and their related responsibilities
  • links to key documents
  • glossary of common terms used
  • updated statistical information as at June 2016.

For further information relating to key areas of the programme, please contact:

Download Information Guide for DHBs (PDF,  524 KB)

Evaluation of changes to prevocational training

The Medical Council commenced a review of prevocational training requirement for doctors in New Zealand in 2011. Implementation of new requirements commenced in November 2014. Malatest International have been contracted to collect baseline data. The report Establishing a Prevocational Training Baseline (February 2015) has now been released.

The Medical Council commenced a review of prevocational training requirement for doctors in New Zealand in 2011. Implementation of new requirements commenced in November 2014. Malatest International have been contracted to collect baseline data. The report Establishing a Prevocational Training Baseline (February 2015) has now been released.

Download report from Malatest International Establishing a Prevocational Training Baseline  (Oct 2015, PDF, 942 KB)

Glossary of prevocational medical training words and phrases

Download Glossary (8/20/2014, PDF, 285 KB)

Consultation & feedback

Download Report on the feedback and decisions following the consultation of: A review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 2 (Aug 2013, PDF, 1 KB)

Download A Review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 2 (Feb 2013, PDF, 1 KB)

Download A review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 1 (May 2011, PDF, 1 KB)

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