Doctors completing their urgent care Fellowship tend to:
- Have a desire to help people in the community needing treatment urgently.
- Prefer to help people with acute and urgent conditions.
- Work at their best in the fast-paced environment of an urgent care clinic or emergency department.
- Value having a specialist urgent care training and recertification.
- Support the College’s mission to become a worldwide leader in urgent care.
Benefits from training and working in urgent care include:
- A training programme that can be started at any time and that can be completed at a pace that suits the registrar. With a few exceptions, the training programme components can be completed in any order, and the College accommodates breaks from training.
- The ability to begin work and earn well immediately. Trainees are usually readily able to find well-paid employment in an urgent care clinic.
- The option of being a medical director of an urgent care clinic, once a Fellow of the College.
- Flexible work hours.
- Ability to work in an emergency department (with a collegial relationship with a FACEM).
- Being able to choose one’s own place of work (both during the training programme and afterwards).
Urgent care overseas
Urgent care is a separate branch of medicine only in New Zealand. Although urgent care physicians have found employment in urgent care facilities and emergency departments in Australia and Europe, they had vocational scopes in addition to urgent care.
The College established an Australian faculty in 2017 to support doctors in that country wishing to develop urgent care there.
RNZCUC has trainees who are based in the UK, Ireland, Singapore, and Australia.