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Local Doctors has hosted undergraduate medical students, nursing students and GP registrars since 2007.

We provide the largest number of nursing and medical undergraduate placements in New Zealand and are well respected for our care pathways and excellence in teaching.

We are committed to creating quality learning environments. Our approach to learning is flexible, innovative and inclusive. All clinical and non-clinical personnel contribute to shared learning.

Why choose Local Doctors?
You can train in a fun and caring environment that offers an excellent variety of work, supported by a highly experienced teaching group and modern facilities and infrastructure.

You will be warmly welcomed and treated with respect. Bring your enthusiasm, freshness, excitement and new ideas and train with us!

  • Undergraduate medical training programme

    Local Doctors hosts from second-year medical students through to sixth-year trainee interns. All of our clinics are accredited as teaching practices. 

    Dr Richard Hulme,

    Students must provide evidence they are part of the undergraduate programme at a medical school recognised by the Medical Council of New Zealand. We host trainees from New Zealand and overseas universities. 

    We cater to universities’ specific requirements and use their provided assessment criteria to evaluate your work.   

    Each clinic has specially allocated GP educators/mentors.

    No fees are required from students. 

    Offsite visits
    Students visit the local temple, and visits to other places, such as a marae, can be organised if desired and relevant.  

    After hours/on call work
    Students aren’t required to work after hours or on call, but we encourage students to explore diverse environments as well as after-hours care and can arrange this.

    Peer review
    Trainees are encouraged to attend monthly peer review sessions.

  • GP registrar training programme

    A GP registrar is a qualified doctor with several years’ experience undertaking advanced training in the vocational scope of general practice.

    Local Doctors supports and mentors both General Practice Education Programme Year 1 (GPEP1) and  Year 2 (GPEP2) registrars and works closely with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in supervising our registrars. 

    GPEP1 registrars experience full-time general practice guided by a GP teacher, during two 26-week general practice attachments. 

    Students are placed within the Local Doctors network when possible.

    Registrars participate in continuous medical educationand supervise and mentor doctors in training.

    GPEP2 registrars continue preparing for Fellowship status. The programme is 26 months full-time equivalent, but this may be reduced for previous experience or extended if the registrar is working part time.

    Dr Richard Hulme,   

  • Student nurse placement programme

    Our Local Doctors nursing team works with both Manukau Institute of Technology and The University of Auckland to provide clinical placements to student nurses in their final year who have with an interest in primary healthcare. Undergraduate nursing students work alongside our own nursing staff.

    During placements, student nurses see the scope of the primary healthcare nursing role and the impact of primary healthcare on health and wellbeing. Their confidence, knowledge and skills are enhanced.


  • Peer review

    The Medical Council of New Zealand requires that for recertification, all medical practitioners must be involved in peer review. Peer review groups give doctors a chance to discuss clinical issues and practice in a collegial environment. 

    Trainees are encouraged to attend monthly peer review sessions. Peer review attendance is a component of both the General Practice Education Programme - Stage 2 and Maintenance of Professional Standards.

    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.

  • Continuing medical education for GPs

    Continuing medical education (CME) for GPs enhances knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgment to improve the healthcare we provide. Every GP must participate in ongoing CME. 

    Local Doctors is a Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) registered CME provider and provides high-quality CME for all GPs within our operation.

  • A focus on shared learning

    Our undergraduate training programme has great benefits for both students and staff. 

    Students gain valuable experience identifying problems, conducting research and presenting findings while working in a collegial and professional environment.

    GPs, nurses and administrators take pride in supporting students’ work and learn from students and each other. 

  • Scholarships and awards

    Dr Kantilal N Patel Values Award for doctors in training
    Local Doctors recognises the contribution that doctors in training bring to the organisation and community. Each year, we give the Dr Kantilal N Patel Values Award to the doctor in training who has best displayed our organisational values.

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