The Handover

To help you through your PGY1 year (and beyond), the NZMA created The Handover, an online go-to guide for new doctors. You’ll find helpful information for new doctors in the house officer start-up guide; guidelines around using social media as a medical professional; a financial health checklist; health and wellbeing information to help you stay well and get support when you need it; and more. You can find it here.  

The NZMA guide for combining parenting and a medical career

The NZMA’s Doctors-in-Training Council (DiTC) has developed a 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.

Beyond the Med School Gates

Beyond the Med School Gates is an event run by the New Zealand Medical Students' Association each year. The evenings focus on expanding the knowledge of senior medical students about the nature of postgraduate positions and life beyond medical school. Students learn about financial planning, medico-legal issues, career planning and other postgraduate opportunities to make the transition to working life much smoother. This event is run as a roadshow through Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. 

For further information head to the NZMSA website. or to read presentations from previous years see below: 

Life in the Real World: View all presentations.

Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE)

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the ACE selection scheme. 

New Zealand Medical Journal articles of interest to doctors in training include:

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

Medical Students and informed consent: A consensus statement prepared by the Faculties of Medical and Health Science of the Universities of Auckland and Otago, Chief Medical Officers of District Health Boards, New Zealand Medical Students' Association and the Medical Council of New Zealand
15th May 2015, Volume 128 Number 1414
Warwick Bagg, John Adams, Lynley Anderson, Phillipa Malpas, Grant Pidgeon, Michael Thorn, David Tulloch, Cathy Zhong, Alan Merry
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Students' contribution to the New Zealand Medical Journal: a 14-year review
17th April 2015, Volume 128 Number 1412
Ibrahim S Al-Busaidi, Sultan Z Al-Shaqsi
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The Auckland Surgical Theatre Educational Environment Measure: does attending surgery benefit house officers? [Letter]
27th March 2015, Volume 128 Number 1411
Tary Yin, Stephen Child
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Influence of rural background and rural medical training on postgraduate medical training and location in New Zealand
26th September 2015, Volume 127 Number 1403
William Shelker, Tony Zaharic, Branko Sijnja, Paul Glue
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Sleep disorders, depression, anxiety and satisfaction with life among young adults: a survey of university students in Auckland, New Zealand
1st August 2014, Volume 127 Number 1399
Chinthaka B Samaranayake, Bruce Arroll, Antonio T Fernando
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The New Zealand Vocational Trainee 2011 Survey: a national snapshot of vocational training
15-March-2013, Vol 126 No 1371
Jonathon Foo, James Blackett, Jesse Gale, Maria Poynter
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Demography of medical students at the University of Otago, 2004-2008: a changing spectrum?
15-March-2013, Vol 126 No 1371
David Perez, Alison Belton
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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
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Admission to Medicine at the University of Auckland
26-October-2012, Vol 125 No 1364 [Letter]
Brigid Loughnan
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The value of the interview in medical student selection
[Editorial] 07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
John D Fraser
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The challenges of selecting students
[Editorial] 07-September-2012, Vol 125 No 1361
Peter Crampton
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Options for postgraduate anatomy education in Australia and New Zealand
30-March-2012, Vol 125, No 1352
Ian S Campbell, Carly M Fox
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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
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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
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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

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