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Becoming a Fellow

Eligibilty for New Zealand Graduates

Prospective Trainees are required to hold:

  • MBBS, MbChb qualifications gained at a University approved by the MCNZ
  • Full registration with MCNZ
  • Annual Practicing Certificate
  • Completed post-graduate years 1 & 2
  • Two years of community based work, at 50% of which is in accredited General Practice
  • Memebership to a professional indemity insurer such as Medical Protecton Society
  • Passes in papers MSMX701(Clinical Diagnosis) and MSMX711(Pain Assessment) offered in the Post-Graduate Diploma of Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Otago

The training program shall include, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • periods in clinical practice under the supervision of a Fellow of the Faculty, either in community or hospital based practice;
  • periods of unsupervised practice but subject to the supervision of a preceptor;
  • taking short and long courses of instruction in practices or disciplines pertinent to the Syllabus of the Faculty;
  • availing themselves of the educational resources of the Faculty and its members, including but not limited to videotapes, published works, internet instruction, and refresher courses.
  • undertaking formative assessments provided by the Faculty.

Typically this training would be completed over a period of four years, but could be less in the light of aptitude, or previous experience and training.

Upon completion of the training period and its requirements, trainees will be eligible to submit for the Fellowship examination. Upon passing the examination, trainees will be eligible for Fellowship in accordance with its other accreditation requirements.


Training Program Details

Eligibility for the exit examination is contingent upon completing a Training Program approved by the Censor-in-Chief. The Training Program shall typically undertaken over a period equivalent to four years, full-time, and shall comprise rotations through approved hospital or community-based clinics, which can include but not be limited to approved Musculoskeletal Centres, Pain Management Centres, Sports Medicine Centres, Rehabilitation Units, or centres specialising in medical imaging or interventional procedures. Additionally, successful completion of approved course work with a strong musculoskeletal component, such as a Masters Degree in Pain Medicine or in a cognate discipline - e.g. Clinical Epidemiology, may be considered as approved training, at the discretion of the Censor-in-Chief.

Full details of the requirements are contained in the training manual. Click here to download.

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