New Zealand informally called Kiwi is and Island country situated in pacific Ocean near Australia, Fiji and Tonga. It’s capital is Wellington while Auckland is largest city. The country has population of 4.9 million (2015 est.). New Zealand also called “land of long white clouds” is one of the farthest nation where English is official language and country has developed market economy.
New Zealand has advanced health care system which is free for locals while foreigners can get insurance or pay for services. New Zealand has one of the lowest infant mortality rate and highest life expectancy in the world
For general health related information in New Zealand can be found here
Undergraduate Medical Education
Undergraduate medical education in New Zealand starts after 13 years of compulsory education. New Zealand has 99% literacy rate. Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences of University of Auckland offers 6 year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree program which is also accredited with Australian Medical Council. So graduates can work in Australia. After graduation, doctors should get provisional general scope registration by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and they need to complete one year internship. After which they can apply for general scope registration.
New Zealand Medical Student Association is another platform for medical students in the country which help students with different academic and nonacademic activities.
Medical Council of New Zealand is responsible of New Zealand medical residency for foreigners and local graduates. Special purpose scope of practice registration with the Council must be achieved for residency or postgraduate training by foreigners.
For New Zealand medical residency for foreigners requirement for postgraduate training see here
Apart from New Zealand medical residency for foreigners. There is licensing/registration department of Medical Council of New Zealand for local and foreign medical graduates. There are different types of registration for foreign and local medical graduates. Read registration policy to know more about the type of registration and requirements for it.
But most importantly, complete these questions of registration self assessment tool to know about your registration type.
For Specialists who hold additional postgraduate medical qualification they should be registered in vocational scope of practice once they fulfill all requirements they should fulfill these additional requirements
1. For residency training
2. NZREX clinical registration examination
You are eligible to apply to sit the NZREX Clinical examination if you:
- hold a Basic medical qualification from a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
- Meet English Language Requirement.
- have passed any one of the following exam within last 5 years
(All results of above mentioned exams must be within last 5 year of your NZREX exam date)
- do not have registration within a Special purpose scope of practice (post-graduate training for fixed term for disaster or research) in New Zealand.
For Specialists who hold additional postgraduate medical qualification they should be registered in vocational scope of practice once they fulfill all requirements mentioned there. Also they should fulfill these additional requirements
1. Residency process
1st you need to see all eligibility requirements for registration under special purpose scope of practice registration here. Then see these additional requirements for postgraduate training in New Zealand here. After it once u meet all the requirements then submit forms mentioned in Documentation section below to address mentioned there.
New Zealand medical residency for foreigners and local graduates is very comprehensive procedure so you need to have all the required documents before applying.
2. License/Registration process
Basic overview of registration process can be seen here
All foreign medical graduates should answer these questions in Assessment tool which will determine their pathway for registration. There is more information to each and every pathway depending on your answer. If you don’t qualify for any other pathway you will need to sit for Registration exam – NZREX Clinical (see below examination section)
After passing examination you should apply clinical observeship as Internship places are few. For clinical observeship u can contact your District Health Board. Medical Council also issues these Observship guidelines for doctors.
For Specialists registration they should first read eligiblity requirements (mentioned above) then complete and fullfill documents (mentioned below) in documentation section and should send them to address mentioned there. Read these guidelines for specialists registration for more information.
NZREX clinical examination has ‘Objective Structured Clinical Examination’ (OSCE) format. It has 16 stations each having equal marks. Exam duration is for 3 hours.
Those who graduated from Australia, Ireland or UK their medical degree is usually approved and they don’t need to sit for examination. More details about them can be found here
Detailed Fee information for examination and registration can be found here
8000-10000 USD/month for GP
1. For Residency/postgraduate training
fill Registration Application Form and Postgraduate training checklist and Declaration of Special purpose scope of practice – postgraduate training and submit these forms to below mentioned address.
2. For NXREX Clinical Exam
For Specialists fill this Application for registration within a vocational scope of practice form and attach required documents mentioned in this application form and send it to address below.
Submit these documents to Medical Council of New Zealand PO Box 10 509, The Terrace, Wellington, 6143, New Zealand Level 6, 80 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand (for packages) Contact: +64 4 384 7635 – 0800 286 801 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Postgraduate Medical Education
Apart from New Zealand medical residency for foreigners option. There are many postgraduate certificate, diplomas and master programs for doctors offered by Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences of University of Auckland. There are many skill improvement courses by the Advanced Clinical Skills Center.