Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) requirements

At the start of PGY1, every intern is given their own ePort account. This is an e-portfolio system used by interns to continually record NZCF learning outcomes and to track progress, as well as create and update their PDP.

Interns are also asked to record learnings from previous years into their ePort. Prevocational Educational Supervisors can record feedback and provide educational support on interns’ ePorts. Clinical Supervisors can also access the ePorts for the duration of an attachment, to provide feedback on performance and progress, and give assessments.

Interns will meet with their Prevocational Educational Supervisor at the beginning of the year and after each clinical attachment. They also meet with Clinical Supervisors at the beginning, middle and end of each clinical attachment.

Applying for general scope of practice at the end of PGY1

To apply for registration within the General scope of practice an intern must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of four accredited clinical attachments. There must be a minimum of 10 weeks full-time in each clinical attachment, which is equivalent to at least 40 hours per week.
  • Attainment of the learning outcomes outlined in the NZCF. Prior learning is also taken into account.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification which is less than 12 months old and at the level of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council’s CORE Advanced
  • An acceptable PDP for PGY2, to be completed during PGY2.
  • A recommendation for registration in a general scope of practice by a Council-approved advisory panel.

Recommendation for general and the advisory panel

When interns have satisfactorily completed four 10-week clinical attachments, the training provider’s approved advisory panel meets to discuss the overall performance of each PGY1 intern. The panel comprises four members:

  • a CMO or delegate
  • 2 Prevocational Educational Supervisors (one being the intern’s)
  • a lay person

Using an advisory panel adds further robustness to the assessment of interns. It also ensures that Prevocational Educational Supervisors are better supported, and not left alone in the role of advocate and judge. The panel reviews the intern’s ePort and decides whether the doctor has met the required standard to be recommended for registration in the General scope of practise. The panel takes into account whether:

  • the intern is actively engaged in ongoing learning and is responding to feedback.
  • the intern has addressed all the ‘requires development’ sections in their ‘End of Clinical Attachment Assessment’, particularly those on safety to practice.
  • the intern has met a substantive proportion of the learning outcomes in the NZCF.
  • the intern is making progress to meet all the learning outcomes in the NZCF.
  • the intern’s PDP is acceptable for PGY2.

If the advisory panel are satisfied these conditions are met, it will make a recommendation to Council to grant registration in the General scope.