RNZCUC wishes to assist overseas trained doctors as far as possible to Fellowship and vocational vegistration, with due regard to patient safety, and without undue repetition of training.
a) 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.
Note that the UCPEX examination is only held in New Zealand.
Overseas trainees will need to find local equivalents for practical attendance-based components such as the Practical Skills Weekend and Trauma and Communications days – 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 three University of Auckland papers are also 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.
b) Registered overseas in a ‘non-MCNZ-CHS’ country
- 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.
- Can join RNZCUC as an associate
- 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 trainees will have priority.
Such doctors may also apply to enrol in the University of Auckland’s ‘Evidence for Best Practice’ and / or Paediatrics papers – or a more convenient equivalent (such as an approved APLS course, in the case of the paediatrics paper).
c) Overseas Urgent Care training
This can vary from a Diploma in Urgent Care to Emergency Medicine Fellowship.
RNZCUC encourages doctors who have an overseas Emergency Medicine Fellowship or other training which they think might be equivalent or in MCNZ terminology, ‘as satisfactory as’ RNZCUC’s training, to apply directly to the MCNZ to go on the Urgent Care vocational register.
RNZCUC will then, if asked by the MCNZ, assess the alternative training and prescribe a tailored training programme and assessment to fill in any gaps in training identified.
Alternatively, RNZCUC has an accelerated pathway to Fellowship, for holders of an MCNZ-CHS emergency medicine Fellowship or equivalent.