RNZCUC wishes to assist overseas trained doctors as far as possible to Fellowship and vocational registration, with due regard to patient safety, and without undue repetition of training.

Trained overseas in urgent care

This can vary from a Diploma in Urgent Care to Emergency Medicine Fellowship.

RNZCUC encourages doctors who have an overseas postgraduate medical qualification in urgent care to apply directly to MCNZ for vocational registration. The process for this is documented in the Assessment of international medical graduates policy.

From 1 July 2022, an application fee of NZ$500 applies. The fee covers part of the costs the College incurs in assessing your application, reviewing any application from your workplace to be considered an RNZCUC-approved training facility, and assisting you in finding an appropriate Supervisor and peer group.  Payment of the application fee does not guarantee entry to the programme, as the other afore-mentioned conditions are often outside the control of RNZCUC.

Alternatively, RNZCUC has an accelerated pathway to Fellowship, for those with significant emergency medicine experience and training, who are practising in an MCNZ-CHS .

Registered overseas in a ‘MCNZ-CHS’ country

Doctors who are registered in a country on the MCNZ’s list of countries with a healthcare system comparable to New Zealand’s(‘MCNZ-CHS‘) may join the urgent care training programme and complete RNZCUC Fellowship in urgent care.

Overseas trainees will need to find local equivalents for practical attendance-based components or travel to New Zealand to attend RNZCUC’s courses.

The academic component is in two parts.  The Urgent Care Course is taught by distance learning.  The university courses are taught by distance learning; RNZCUC expects it will be possible in most cases to find local equivalents for these papers. Please refer to the Fellowship regulations for more information.

Registered overseas in a ‘non-MCNZ-CHS’ country

Doctors who are registered in a country NOT on the MCNZ’s list of countries with a healthcare system comparable to New Zealand’s(‘MCNZ-CHS‘):

  • Can not join the urgent care training programme
  • Can not secure credit for time and experience
  • Can not complete the ‘cases studies’ requirement
  • Can not be awarded Fellowship.

Such doctors CAN, however, begin training in urgent care, but will need to register in an ‘MCNZ-CHS’ country to complete the training requirements and attain Fellowship.

Such doctors:

  • Can apply to enrol in the Urgent Care Course (the ‘core’ of UC training)
  • Can apply to enrol in the various practical courses that RNZCUC provides or endorses as part of urgent care training, or seek out local equivalents for approval by RNZCUC.
  • Can apply to sit UCPEX, which is held in Auckland in November. Places are limited and those on the training programme will have priority.

Such doctors may also apply to enrol in the University of Auckland’s ‘Evidence for Best Practice’ and / or Paediatrics papers.