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Overview of the New Zealand application process
If an International Medical Graduate (IMG) wants to practice as a specialist surgeon in New Zealand they are required to apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). To determine the appropriate registration pathway the MCNZ will assess a range of factors including the IMG's training, qualifications, experience and length of time the applicant intends working in New Zealand. Once the pathway is determined the applicant will need to complete and submit required paperwork to the MCNZ. The MCNZ will review the application and determine eligibility for registration. For further information about the MCNZ's application process, visit their website at the link below.
New Zealand vocational pathway
There are 35 vocational scopes recognised by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). A list of vocational scopes is available on MCNZ's website at the link below.
Once an application for Vocational Registration fulfils the MCNZ's initial critera, advice is sought from the relevant Vocational Educational and Advisory Body (VEAB). The MCNZ makes its decision after considering the advice of the VEAB. RACS is the VEAB for its nine surgical specialties. For further information about the MCNZ's application process, visit their website at the link below.
New Zealand Special Purpose Pathway
The Special Purpose Pathway is for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who intend working in New Zealand for a fixed period of time for a specific purpose. The Medical Council of New Zealand's (MCNZ) special purpose scopes of practice are for:
- teaching as a visiting expert
- undertaking a period of post-graduate training carrying out research
- working as a locum tenens
- working in an emergency situation
- working in a disaster
For more information about special purpose scopes visit the MCNZ's website at the link below.