Undergraduate training programme

 

Who’s involved in the programme?

At ETHC we host 2nd year medical students right through to 6th year trainee interns. We host on average 180 undergraduate students per year and several PGY2 (Post Graduate Year 2) students. All our doctors are involved in teaching, and all our clinics are accredited as teaching practices for the undergraduate medical training programme.  

In the photo at the top of this page you will see a group of 2012 trainee interns with Health Minister Tony Ryall at the opening of the Lunn Ave White Cross, which offers after hours experience. 

Where do our students come from?

To date, trainees have come from the University of Auckland, University of Otago, Auckland University of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology and Australian universities. We have also had one student from Romania and another from the UK.  

Eligibility

You must come from a medical school recognized by the Medical Counci of New Zealand. You will be asked to provide evidence that you are part of your medical school's current undergraduate programme.  

Supervision

In each clinic we have specially allocated GP educator/mentors for the students. Dr Richard Hulme and Dr Tane Taylor support this process.  

Assessment/evaluation

We cater to the specific requirements of the universities sending us students, and use the assessment criteria given to us by those medical schools to evaluate your work.  

Fees

There are no fees required from students. 

Visits outside ETHC

Students visit the local temple, which is also used for teaching purposes. Other visits to places, such as marae, may be organised if desired and relevant.  

After hours/on call

There is currently no commitment for students to work after hours or on call. However, we are flexible about this if a student shows a keen interest, and we encourage you to explore diverse environments as well as afterhours care. This is can be arranged in a safe and supportive way.  

What to expect when you arrive - orientation

All ETHC doctors in training undergo orientation, with designated staff charged with the overall responsibility of this part of the programme.  

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 (GPEP 2) - 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

Dr Richard Hulme at doctors@ethc.co.nz