NZREX Preparation Placement Programme
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are skilled medical professionals who have qualified overseas. They occupy an important place in the health workforce in New Zealand and contribute significantly to our health care services.
The NZREX Preparation Placement Programme (the Programme) is funded by Health Workforce New Zealand and delivered by Auckland District Health Board's Clinical Education and Training Unit (CETU).
This is an optional 12 week programme (40 hours per week) to help International Medical Graduates (IMGs), who meet set entry criteria, prepare for the Medical Council of New Zealand (Medical Council) Registration Examination (NZREX). It also aims to address particular difficulties IMGs may face, such as language barriers, cultural differences, and lack of familiarity with the New Zealand hospital system.
The Programme is independent of the Medical Council and applicants to the Programme must still apply directly to the Medical Council to be considered for the NZREX Examination.
The Programme is only available to IMGs who are already residing in New Zealand and have permanent residence but who have not yet passed the NZREX examination and includes workshops on a variety of topics including:
- Communication in the New Zealand health setting;
- Career opportunities in New Zealand; and
- New Zealand culture including patient rights, cultural support, and professionalism.
Information about the Programme and how to apply are available at http://www.nzrexprepprogramme.co.nz/.
Read our case studies about IMGs who have completed the NZREX Preparation Placement Programme and passed the Medical Council of New Zealand registration exam are now working in the health sector.