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Registration and Recertification

Admission to MCNZ Urgent Care Vocational Scope Register
If the Board of Censors has confirmed that you have completed RNZCUC's training programme, download the appropriate form from the MCNZ web site and send to the MCNZ. The forms and locations on the MCNZ website change periodically.

The MCNZ will compare applications with a list, supplied by RNZCUC, of doctors who have fulfilled RNZCUC's criteria. MCNZ expectations of all vocational registrants include the following:

1. All vocationally registered physicians are expected to be willing to make themselves available for appointment to Complaints Assessment Committee or a Competence Review Committee and / or recommend other appropriate colleagues.
2. All vocationally registered practitioners are expected to be willing to refer for a competence review any practitioner whose competence is of concern and to be willing to assist the Medical Council in the development and implementation of educational interventions for those undertaking a competence programme.


Doctors who have completed the Urgent Care training programme must enter RNZCUC's recertification programme in order to maintain vocational registration.

The cycle runs for three years and includes compulsory ACLS and peer group meetings (contact RNZCUC for a list of approved peer groups) and keeping a log of education activities and experience, as detailed in the recertification handbook.

Recognition of alternative clinical experience for reaccreditation
Some vocationally registered Urgent Care Physicians provide services from a facility that does not quite meet the approved facility criteria. An example would be doctors practising in the armed forces. RNZCUC feels that it is in the best interests of the public that such physicians be able to maintain vocational registration in Urgent Care.

Accordingly, up to half such work (four hours per week) can be counted towards Urgent Care reaccreditation, subject to the following conditions:

1) A biennial log of one week’s consecutive patients and diagnoses be kept.
2) That information on hours of xray and accessibility to x-ray be provided.
3) That there is no other vocational branch that provides training and recertification that more closely addresses the services provided.
4) Approval by the Medical Council.

Responsibilities of Fellows

Collegial responsibilities
The MCNZ expects Fellows of all branches to be ready, if asked, to help Council and their Branch in certain areas, including:

1) To work in Collegial Relationships with more junior doctors if requested.
2) To go on a Professional Conduct Committee, Vocational Practice Assessment or Performance Assessment Committee, and / or, to recommend a suitable colleague.
3) To refer any colleague for a competence review, as needed.
4) To help Council to teach and support colleagues whose clinical performance is poor.

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