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NZMA Doctors-in-Training Council

Dr Sudhvir Singh DiTC Chair

NZMA Doctors-in-Training Council

The NZMA’s Doctors-in-Training Council (DiTC) represents the interests of NZMA RMO, trainee intern, and medical student members.
DiTC members: Dr Sudhvir Singh (Chair), Dr Liz Conner, Dr Alastair Dunne, Dr Maria Gibbons, Dr Matt Johnston, Dr Staverton Kautoke, Dr Alistair Loan, Dr Anna Morrow, Marise Stuart (NZMSA representative), Dr Mark Peterson (Chair, NZMA, ex officio), Lesley Clarke (CEO, NZMA, ex officio).

DiTC Elections

A large number of candidates have put their names forward for the DiTC, which shows the Council is in excellent heart. Voting in the election is now open.

What does the DiTC do?

The DiTC provides support, advocacy and representation to NZMA members who are the future of the medical profession. The DiTC advises the NZMA Board about issues of relevance to doctors-in-training (DiT), contributes to NZMA responses to government policy proposals, and develops its own policies and resources.  The DiTC also provides a forum for constructive collaboration with non-RMO doctor groups. The DiTC meets four times a year, and is represented twice yearly at the NZMA Council. The DiTC Chair sits on the NZMA Board. The DiTC chair is ex-officio on the NZMSA executive. The DiTC is also an invited observer to the Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors-in-Training.

Career profiles

Members of the Doctors-in-Training Council - past and present - work in a range of specialties. Find out how they chose their specialty, what it's like to work in that area on an average day and more information that might be of assistance to you in deciding on your future career. To read their career profiles, click on the names below.

Dr James Blackett (Orthopaedic Surgery)

Dr Elizabeth Conner (nee Carr) (Ophthalmology)

Dr Emily Gill (General Practice)

Dr Kathryn Hagen (Anaesthesia)

Dr Jimmy Johnston (Urology)

Dr Staverton (Tony) Kautoke (Medical education)

Dr Dayna More (General Practice)

Dr Anna Morrow (nee Choi)


Find out more about the work the DiTC is doing to represent you by reading the DiTC newsletter Tinnitus. It's succinct, informative and provides an excellent summary of issues discussed at DiTC meetings. Tinnitus is emailed to members. Read past issues in our publications section.

In the latest issue of Tinnitus, Dr Liz Conner, DiTC member and member of the NZMA's Ethics Committee, has written on Clinical Ethics.

Trainee Forum

This year's Trainee Forum included both prevocational and vocational streams. Find out more about what was discussed.

Leadership Fund

The NZMA Leadership Fund aims to support participation by NZMA members, particularly RMOs, trainee interns and medical students, in activities which contribute to leadership skills. Find out more about the Fund here...

Resources for doctors-in-training

The NZMA guide for combining parenting and a medical career
The NZMA’s Doctors-in-Training Council (DiTC) has developed a new resource aimed at parents undertaking medical training. The NZMA guide for combining parenting and a medical career provides readers with a multitude of valuable information to parents in medical training, including leave entitlements, child care, contract information, and international comparisons. A large part of the guide is dedicated to profiling medical parents, enabling the audience to read about the real world experiences of fellow medical parents, and find out how they managed the varying demands of family and continuing medical training. Read the guide here...

Career planning resources
Need help deciding where you want to go in your medical career? Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) has a wide range of information available on their website to assist all doctors with their career planning. Read more here… 

Social media guide 
How do you maintain professional standards when using online media?

The New Zealand Medical Association Doctors-in-Training Council and the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) joined with The Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors-in-Training (AMACDT) and the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) to produce  some practical guidelines to assist doctors and medical students to continue to enjoy the online world, while maintaining professional standards. Real case studies are presented in a guide covering issues such as patient confidentiality.

Workplace bullying and harassment resource
The DiTC has produced a resource on how to deal with bullying and harassment in the medical workplace. Read more...

Links to career sites

Kiwi Health Jobs: New Zealand’s largest employment site for jobs in the public health sector; 100% owned and supported by the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) and New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS).

Healthcareers: Information on health careers, whether you are in the health sector, just starting out, taking a break, working overseas or working in New Zealand in another career. 

Auckland Doctors: Positions for RMOs in the Auckland region.

More information

Beyond the Med School Gates

Life in the Real World: View all presentations.

Member feedback

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New Zealand Medical Journal

Articles of particular interest to doctors-in-training include:

(Note: login and password required for accessing NZMJ articles less than six months old)

The New Zealand Vocational Trainee 2011 Survey: a national snapshot of vocational training
[Article] 15-March-2013, Vol 126 No 1371
Jonathon Foo, James Blackett, Jesse Gale, Maria Poynter
[full text] [PDF]

Demography of medical students at the University of Otago, 2004-2008: a changing spectrum?
[Article] 15-March-2013, Vol 126 No 1371
David Perez, Alison Belton
[full text] [PDF]

Why do a significant proportion of UK medical graduates leave the NHS to undertake medical employment in New Zealand?
23-November-2012, Vol 125, No 1366 [Letter]
Heather Jane McCluskey, Edward G Spilg
[full text] [PDF]  

Admission to Medicine at the University of Auckland
[Letter] 26-October-2012, Vol 125 No 1364
Brigid Loughnan
[full text] [PDF]  

The value of the interview in medical student selection
[Editorial] 07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
John D Fraser
[full text] [PDF]  

The challenges of selecting students
[Editorial] 07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
Peter Crampton
[full text] [PDF

Holding a mirror to society? The sociodemographic characteristics of the University of Otago’s health professional students
07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
Peter Crampton, Naomi Weaver, Andrea Howard
[full text] [PDF] [abstract

Students’ perceptions of the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT)
07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
Divya Dhar, William R G Perry, Phillippa Poole
[full text] [PDF] [abstract

Using real-time ultrasound to teach living anatomy: an alternative model for large classes
07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
Mark D Stringer, Lynda J Duncan, Latika Samalia
[full text] [PDF] [abstract

Sexual health, risks, and experiences of New Zealand university students: findings from a national cross-sectional study
07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
Rebecca Psutka, Jennie Connor, Kimberly Cousins, Kypros Kypri
[full text] [PDF] [abstract

Shedding light on the decision to retain an interview for medical student selection
[Viewpoint] 07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
Phillippa Poole, Boaz Shulruf, Ben Harley, John Monigatti, Mark Barrow, Papaarangi Reid, Caitlin Prendergast, Warwick Bagg
[full text] [PDF] [abstract

New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX Clinical): 6 years of experience as an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
[Review article] 07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
Steven Lillis, Malcolm Stuart, Sidonie, Nikita Takai
[full text] [PDF] [abstract

Professionalism in its time and place: some implications for medical education
[Viewpoint] 27-July-2012, Vol 125 No 1358
Tim J Wilkinson, MaryLeigh Moore, Eleanor M Flynn
[full text] [PDF] [abstract

Options for postgraduate anatomy education in Australia and New Zealand
30-March-2012, Vol 125, No 1352
Ian S Campbell, Carly M Fox
[full text] [PDF] [abstract

Academic performance and career choices of older medical students at the University of Otago
10-February-2012, Vol 125, No 1349
William Shelker, Alison Belton, Paul Glue
[full text] [PDF] [abstract]

Academic performance and career choices of older medical students at the University of Otago
25-November-2011, Vol 124, No 1346
William Shelker, Alison Belton, Paul Glue
[full text] [PDF] [abstract]

Satisfaction with life and depression among medical students in Auckland, New Zealand
26-August-2011, Vol 120, No 1341
Chinthaka B Samaranayake, Antonio T Fernando
[full text] [PDF] [abstract

Students’ and teachers’ perceptions of the clinical learning environment in years 4 and 5 at the University of Auckland
Ralph Pinnock, Boaz Shulruf, Susan J Hawken, Marcus A Henning, Rhys Jones
13-May-2011, Vol 124, No 1334
[full text] [PDF] [abstract