Starting annually in December, the first year in the GPEP programme will see you hit the ground running as you prepare for life as a general practitioner.

In practice training

Partnered with medical educators and approved GP teachers, you will be immersed into the world of primary care by performing two six-month specialist practice runs in accredited teaching practices.

The process is designed to assist you in the transition from secondary care hospital runs to caring for patients in a holistic way.

In the early days of the programme you will have access and support from approved GP teachers. 

Seminars and workshops

Breaking up clinical time, there is a full calendar of interactive seminars and workshops, working with small groups and medical educators. Expect role-plays, presentations, small group discussions, video reviews and many more learning activities completed alongside other GPs in training. 

By the end of the first year in GPEP, you will take the wealth of knowledge and experience you have acquired and apply it when sitting the GPEP1 written and clinical exams.


Standard full time registrars will be required to work eight-tenths clinical time a week with one-day release for seminars and workshops. However, registrars have the option to work and attend workshops part time for a minimum of seven-tenths per week.

For more information about the entry requirements and applying to the GPEP Programme please go here or contact our GPEP Applications Team at

Māori doctors who are interested in applying or learning more about the programme, please contact the College’s Pou Whirinaki, Dr Keri Ratima. Contact details can be found here along with more information about the role of Pou Whirinaki.