Monday 06 August 2012, 4:10PM
Media release from RNZCGP president Harry Pert
Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners President Dr
Harry Pert says a second round of recruitment for GPEP Year 1
training places opens today to recruit registrars for specific
areas that still have vacancies while allowing existing
applications to be processed.
'The first round of applications for GPEP Year 1 places has gone
well and closed on 1 August as planned, but with the largest ever
number of training places available we have reopened the process in
'The 172 training places available reflect the increasing public
focus on primary care and we also have an exciting new curriculum
to support trainees,' says Dr Pert.
'Our two-stage application process will allow us to proceed with
interviewing applicants who have applied by the closing date of 1
August. Like other application processes, without a closing date it
would be unfair to those who have already applied to keep this
round of applications open any longer.
'However, there are still vacancies in some areas, which is usual,
and because of this we will re-open applications nationally for
GPEP Year 1 today for applications in areas where we have not met
our recruitment targets. This will allow us to continue to recruit
applicants for next year while we are processing those who have
The areas where applications will be accepted from 6 August
Dr Pert says the College will welcome applicants from anywhere in
New Zealand, but they must be applying for positions in the areas
outlined where there are still vacancies.
'Being a GP is a great career option for young doctors and I would
encourage those considering becoming a GP to still apply. It is
definitely not too late.'
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