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Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP)



The Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP) is offered to medical practitioners who require certification of participation and satisfactory completion of approved postgraduate papers.

The Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Contact Details

Postgraduate Administrator
Department of General Practice & Rural Health
Tel 64 3 479 7424

Subject Area

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice (PGCertGP)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
    2. Every applicant shall
      1. have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, and
      2. have commenced and completed formal vocational training for general practice.
    3. Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of approved papers from the schedule of papers for the Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice worth a total of 60 points, including either or both of the core papers, PRHC 701 and GENA 820.
    2. With the approval of the Board of Studies for the certificate, one or more appropriate papers taught by a university at an equivalent level may be substituted for a maximum of 30 points.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. The duration of the programme shall be equivalent to half an academic year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
    2. Every candidate must gain terms before being admitted to examinations.
    3. A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the postgraduate certificate within four years of admission to the programme.

  4. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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