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Prevocational Training in New Zealand

The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) is responsible for regulating the training of prevocational doctors in New Zealand. CPMEC and  MCNZ have worked collaboratively on prevocational medical education and training matters for some years and in 2010 this relationship was formalised when they became a member of CPMEC.  

New Zealand Curriculum Framework for Prevocational Training (NZCF)

The Medical Council is implementing changes to doctor's training and education that will improve patient safety and the performance of doctors. The changes are being phased in over the next two years and each of these is described in detail, along with the reasons for the Council's decisions in the Report on the feedback and decisions following the consultation of: A review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 2. The first change is the release of the New Zealand Curriculum Framework for Prevocational Medical Training (NZCF).

A staged implementation of the NZCF will commence in November 2014 for those entering PGY1. Interns, Prevocational Educational Supervisors and others involved in prevocational training will be able to use the learning outcomes in the NZCF as a guide for training and educational programmes.

The NZCF is being released early to allow training providers to prepare for implementation which will be phased in over a 12 month period commencing November 2014. Full implementation cannot occur until clinical attachments have been accredited to the revised standards, which is scheduled for November 2015. Accreditation of clinical attachments will ensure that every clinical attachment provides quality training and learning opportunities. The learning outcomes available on each clinical attachment will be made transparently available in an attachment profile. Training providers will need to ensure that each Intern gets an appropriate mix of clinical attachments to allow them to substantively achieve the learning outcomes over the course of the year.

The NZCF builds on the prior learning, experience, competencies, attitudes and behaviours acquired during medical school, particularly the Trainee (TI) year. A mix of clinical attachments, and other educational support, over PGY1 and PGY2 will ensure a breadth of explosure and opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes.

The Medical Council of New Zealand would like to acknowledge the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC) for allowing us to use the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors (ACF) as a basis for the New Zealand Curriculum Framework for Prevocational Medical Training (NZCF).

Click here to download the NZCF from the Medical Council of New Zealand's website.