Becoming a medical practitioner in New Zealand: NZREX
Considering that the doctors in New Zealand are obligated to get registered to practice medicine if you have not yet registered for the examination, you should apply for the examination as soon as possible.
For people who are confused as to whether or not they should take the NZREX exam, they should take the Medical Council self-assessment questionnaire to figure out what is best for them. If they have found out that NZREX is the examination that is meant for them, then all the required information about the examination is listed below that they should make themselves familiar with before applying for the examination.
The following are eligibility requirements that the candidate shall meet to appear for the examination:
- The candidate must have a well-recognized primary medical qualification obtained from any medical school that I listed in the world directory of the medical schools.
- Candidates must satisfy the English language requirements for the NZREX clinical date that are allocated to them
- Candidate must have passed the USMLE or United States Medical Licensing Examination
- Candidate must not hold any New Zealand registration that comes under a special purpose of practice
- Candidates must send out scanned copies of the documents along with their application
Since the eligibility criteria change now and then, the candidates must visit the official website directly and make sure they fit the eligibility requirements. Furthermore, the sole pathway to get registered as a doctor in New Zealand is to secure a PGY1 role along with a DHB irrespective of what the candidate’s experience holds.
Applying for the exam
To apply for the exam, the candidate must send out an application through email. The candidate must attach a scanned passport-size photo that should have been clicked within four months since the application has been submitted.
After applying for the application, the candidate will have to wait for an email to direct them to pay their application fee.
Candidates can apply for provisional vocational registration only if they meet the requirements for admission to either the sub-branch or branch of medicine.
In terms of New Zealand, general practice is labeled as the branch of medicine. So, candidates belonging to the GPs can only apply for vocational registration.
According to the current NZREX, it is an objective structured clinical examination or OSCE containing 16 stations. The candidates are supposed to score passing marks in each of the 16 stations separately. Later, the score will be aggregated into a definite final mark
After getting through the examination successfully, the candidate shall work in the position of a house officer along with the provisional registration for two years. They shall do this before applying for the post-graduate position (specialty) and getting the general registration.