Are you interested in becoming a rural hospital doctor? The Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme is your pathway to a specialist career, providing rural hospital care in some of New Zealand’s most remote settings.


How to apply 

Applications for the 2019/20 Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme have now closed. The next intake will open in February 2020.

  • Applications open Feb – March 2020
  • Applications are reviewed 
  • If you are eligible you will be invited to a selection interview (date TBC)
  • Successful applicants will be sent offer letters and will start on their programme in Dec 2020
Any enquiries, please contact us
Phone: 04 496 5999 

Admission policy

This policy outlines the process and procedures for admission to Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme. It includes the minimum requirements for entry to the programme and the selection criteria.

Read the policy


Fees and requirements for enrolling in the DRHM training programme


To enrol in the Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme, you must have:

  • Completed two postgraduate years in rotating hospital runs or equivalent experience
  • General registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Certificate of Professional Status from the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident visa
  • Two clinical referee reports detailing recent medical experience
  • Completed six runs of hospital specialties


The Division currently charges a FTE programme fee of $4775 + GST per annum for its contribution to your training. This fee has not increased for several years. There is an additional compulsory annual cost of $1,419.78 + GST which gives you associate membership of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine. These fees can all be legitimately claimed back from your employer.

*  Part time in relation to DRHM programme fee is defined as less than 3.5 days per week or overall less than 36.4 weeks per year (7/10)

Fellow of the Australian College Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)

Did you gain your Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) by passing the assessment* route in Australia?  Please apply now to become a Fellow of our College through the recognition agreement between the RNZCGP and ACRRM. All you need to do is complete and return the application form and all the supporting documents.

*You must have completed the ACRRM registrar training and assessment programme in Australia.

Download the Fellowship by Reciprocity Application Form (doc.)