GP registrar training programme


We support and mentor both General Practice Education Programme Year 1 (GPEP1) and GPEP2 registrars. A GP registrar is a qualified doctor with several years’ experience undertaking advanced training in the vocational scope of general practice. We work closely with the Royal New Zealand College of GPs (RNZCGP) in supervising our registrars.
You have two registrar training options to choose from: 
  • Our standard programme, with support funding available.
  • Our new Advanced General Practice Training in Mental Health & Addiction incentive package.
Mental health & addictions incentive package for GPEP1 registrars - New!
When you work as a GPEP1 registrar at an ETHC teaching practice, you will have the option of taking up an Advanced General Practice Training in Mental Health & Addiction (ACMH) incentive package.

Total Healthcare PHO and the RNZCGP are jointly funding the two-year package which is available for up to five registrars.
The ACMH incentive package will provide a minimum of 24 months supervised and mentored GPEP employment, which is 12 months beyond that which is currently offered by the RNZCGP. In the first year, you will be an employee of the RNZCGP. For the second year, the college has indicated it will facilitate placement funded by ETHC.

Over the two years, you will receive the equivalent of six months' full-time training and supervised practice to develop advanced training in primary mental health and addiction. Training will be delivered by ETHC’s mental health team under the leadership of psychiatrist Dr David Codyre, who has specialist primary healthcare experience.

The package is dependent on at least four full-time GPEP1 registrars in the first year willing to take up this offer. Registrars are free to choose this or the standard GPEP1 training for which there is the possibility 
of PHO-funded financial support.
GP Registrar Accredited Teaching Practices and GP Teachers
Currently, we have five GP Registrar Teaching Accredited Practices:
  • Sylvia Park Clinic – Dr Vivek Patel
    Vivek has a special interest in minor surgery.
  • Dannemora Clinic – Dr Janan Mansour 
    Janan is a generalist.
  • Browns Road Clinic – Dr Shubra Kaul 
    Shubra is a generalist interested in general medicine and quality improvement.
  • Bairds Road Clinic – Dr Oruba Khalil 
    Oruba has a special interest in women’s health and occupational health. 
Attachments appointed by the RNZCGP training unit
As a First Year - GPEP Year 1 - you are immersed in the experience of general practice, supported by expert clinicians and educators. You will undertake practice-based learning, experiencing full-time general practice guided by a GP teacher. The programme runs for 52 weeks, divided into two 26-week general practice attachments. 
At ETHC we try to accommodate this within our own network. However, as the college has the final say, this may not always be possible. If you choose to take up the ACMH incentive package, however, the college has indicated it will facilitate your rotation within the network.
Registrars fully participate in our in-house CME (continuous medical education) and peer review activities, including supervising/mentoring DiT (doctors in training) students.
As a second Year - GPEP Year 2 - the programme continues your preparation for Fellowship in order to practise as a vocationally registered general practitioner.
You must be working at a minimum of two tenths in an appropriate clinical area to participate in GPEP2. The programme is 26 months full time equivalent but this may be reduced for approved previous experience or longer if you are working part time.
ETHC fulfils the requirement for you to be gaining practical general practice experience in a Cornerstone accredited practice, where you will be working alongside College Fellows.
Teaching quality – peer review
At ETHC we schedule monthly peer review for all clinical staff and trainees are encouraged to attend.
Peer review is an evaluation of the performance of individuals or groups of practitioners by members of the same profession or team.
Our peer review groups consist of health professionals meeting together on a regular basis to review clinical practice. This may be formal or informal. Formal peer review is an activity where peers systematically review aspects of a doctor’s work. It would normally include guidance, feedback and a critique of the doctor’s performance.
The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) requires that for recertification all medical practitioners must be involved in peer review. Peer review groups are therefore an important aspect of professional development for all ETHC doctors.
Attendance is a component of both the General Practice Education Programme - Stage 2 (GPEP2) - and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS). Peer review groups must be registered in order for credits to be claimed. 
The Royal New Zealand College of GPs (RNZCGP) maintains the register around the country.

Who to contact
All teaching/mentoring/supervising activities within ETHC come under the responsibility of Dr Richard Hulme by email All communications need to be directed to him.