A new batch of general practitioners has just been made, with 191 GPs graduating their speciality training from The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
The GPs, who all completed their specialist training over the previous 12 months as either GPs or rural hospital doctors are now Fellows of the College.
The Fellows spent three years doing the College’s General Practice Education Programme (GPEP), which gives them clinical and practical experience including on-the-job training in communities across New Zealand. Their training is a post-graduate specialisation, as they’ve already obtained a medical degree and completed hospital-based work experience for at least two years.
GPs do the last part of their training in the community they’re now serving; Auckland is the big winner with 77 of the new GPs living and working in that region. Northland and Taranaki, traditionally areas with GP shortages, have four and two new GPs respectively who’ve trained and now work there. Wellington has 14 new GPs or rural hospital doctors, Canterbury 15, and Waikato has 28.