Advanced Trainees

Trainees are represented on the Executive Committee by Trainee Representatives who work closely with the NZSG Education Lead to provide an educational programme.

The Society supports the Motu’s upcoming rangatira through:

 

Vocational Training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, branches of internal medicine (usually practised together) that are concerned with prevention, investigation and therapy of and research into illnesses involving the intestine, liver and other associated organs, placement and new registrar selection occur each year.

Applications usually open around May/June of each year. Watch this page for further information.

 The Society hosts and governs this process. Please note placement on the programme requires applicants to pass the entrance exam administered by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The following statement has been prepared by the NZSG regarding the selection of trainees:

"Nā tō rourou,  nā taku rourou,  ka ora ai te iwi”

"With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive”

The New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology aims to develop a workforce that is best able to serve the population of Aotearoa New Zealand. We believe this means selecting a diverse group of trainees including women, men, trainees with rural and metropolitan backgrounds, and trainees with diverse ethnic backgrounds, particularly those of Māori and Pacific Island heritage. We currently have an under-representation of Māori, Pacific Island, female and provincial origin gastroenterologists.

If you are a doctor of Māori or Pacific Island heritage, are female, or grew up in a provincial area of Aotearoa New Zealand, please consider training in gastroenterology and joining us. The Society is committed to and actively working towards making the training programme accommodating to you.

New Applicants

If you are applying to enter advanced training for the first time please send your CV and the names of three referees to office@nzsg.org.nz.

Please use the CV template as attached here -  CV template (tbd link to file).

You are encouraged to use our template letter to approach a local gastroenterologist to support your application. 

If you need more information, please email the Executive Officer at office@nzsg.org.nz as soon as possible. If required we can assist the trainee to make contact with a local gastroenterologist for a confidential chat about training and what’s involved for a career in gastroenterology. 
There is an administration fee of $450 which NZSG will invoice you for after receipt of your CV and referees.

Returning Trainees

If you are a current advanced trainee please send your CV and include the names of your current and previous supervisor in your CV if possible to office@nzsg.org.nz.

There is an administration fee of $150 which NZSG will invoice you for after receipt of your CV and supervisor information.

Interview Schedule

The Interviews will be held as follows:

  • for new applicants they are held in person
  • for current trainees they will be held remotely via video conference
  • Dates will be updated when MATCH opens.

Factors / Attributes to help Gastro MATCH applicants present a professional application to the panel

Commitment to equity, including Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Demonstrating your commitment to overcoming inequity, understanding the health needs of tangata whenua, and integrating Te Tiriti o Waitangi into clinical practice is important to demonstrate within your application.

Support from Aotearoa / New Zealand Gastroenterologists

Reach out to a local gastroenterologist early in your training. Local support from within the specialty is helpful within your application process. Include details in your application.

Gastroenterology & endoscopy experience

Any experience in gastroenterology and/or endoscopy is good but it is not essential. Don’t fret if you haven’t ever touched a ‘scope.  The gastro experience could be audit/research, attendance at endoscopy lists, or having worked with a general physician-gastroenterologist as a house officer or medical registrar. This encourages candidates to seek out experience and exposure to gastroenterology in their career so that they can be sure this is the career pathway for them. Share your experiences with us.

Regional experience

If you have worked in peripheral hospitals in your training, then you are more likely to return there as a consultant.  We need Gastroenterologists in our regional centres. Hence, spending 6 to 12 months in one or two smaller regional hospitals is encouraged. This would mean experience as a house officer or registrar in Aotearoa hospitals other than metropolitan Auckland (North Shore/Waitakere, Auckland City, Middlemore), Waikato, Wellington/Hutt, Christchurch, and Dunedin hospitals.

Appreciation of the importance of a diverse workforce

Diversity has a different definition for everyone. We are looking for a group of specialists that reflect the patients we look after, and the teams that we work with. Tell us what diversity means to you and how you work toward diversity.

Research, Audit, Governance and Guidelines

Research, contributing to meaningful audit, being part of governance structures and working with teams to produce guidelines are an important and an integral part of medical education and training as a Registrar, and as CPD when a consultant.  Exposure and contribution to quality research at an early stage in your career is desirable. Share your research with us in your application.

Leadership, teamwork and working with multidisciplinary colleagues

Leadership roles of any sort help prepare a candidate for a career in gastroenterology, a busy and demanding speciality. Teamwork is an essential part of gastroenterology work every day, working with many different colleagues from different disciplines to come together and provide excellent care for patients. Share your past teams’ experiences, your role, and the outcomes with us.

Teaching

Teaching (delivery or organisation) and being a mentor to others is another key aspect of a career in gastroenterology, and another desirable aspect.  IF you have been a mentor or helped others learn skills, please discuss this within your application.

Curriculum

The RACP Education Supervising body is the Aotearoa NZ Advanced Training Subcommittee (ATS) in Gastroenterology chaired by Dr Maggie Ow you can reach the Committee via email to gastroenterology@racp.org.nz.

Please go to the RACP website for more details about gastroenterology advanced training programme curriculum, programme requirements and information on applying for the entrance exam.

Gastroenterology and hepatology are branches of internal medicine (usually practised together) that are concerned with prevention, investigation and therapy of and research into illnesses involving the intestine, liver and other associated organs.

The Society provide an online forum on WhatsupApp for Trainees to communicate amongst themselves on an adhoc basis. If you are a current trainee and would like to be included in this group please contact us at office@nzsg.org.nz when emailing us please include a mobile number for us to add to the WhatsApp group.

NZSG also provides a formal training session once a month through an online platform. Sessions are held via video link. Monthly sessions include presentations from current trainees on a range of topics which follow the RACP Advanced Trainees Curriculum. Sessions also include discussion from Senior Medical Officers who provide their experiences and knowledge from hands situations in healthcare within Aotearoa New Zealand as well as internationally.

The monthly programme is recorded and can be reviewed on demand at XXXX for current trainees via a unique identifier and password.

NZSG organise a two day trainees’ event each year. The event includes a full programme of speakers from across the motu. The discussions include educational topics from the RACP Advanced Trainees Curriculum as well as wellbeing discussions.

The programme also has several social events during the programme as well as a dinner to allow for a less formal event to socialise and get to know each other.

This event is made possible by Pharmaco who have been the key sponsor for this event for many years and Norgine who sponsor speakers travel from outside the events through a grant directly to the Society.

The Society also provide a range of courses throughout the year for members of the gastroenterology whanau which can be found on our courses page.

Advanced Gastroenterology Registrar Trainee Selection – MATCH

2024 Vocational Training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, branches of internal medicine (usually practised together) that are concerned with prevention, investigation and therapy of and research into illnesses involving the intestine, liver and other associated organs, placement and new registrar selection will open from xxxx and close on xxxx. All applications for new and current trainees must be received by 5pm on xxx.

The Society hosts and governs this process. Please note placement on the programme requires applicants to pass the entrance exam administered by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The following statement has been prepared by the NZSG regarding the selection of trainees:

"Nā tō rourou,  nā taku rourou,  ka ora ai te iwi”

"With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive”

The New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology aims to develop a workforce that is best able to serve the population of Aotearoa New Zealand. We believe this means selecting a diverse group of trainees including women, men, trainees with rural and metropolitan backgrounds, and trainees with diverse ethnic backgrounds, particularly those of Māori and Pacific Island heritage. We currently have an under-representation of Māori, Pacific Island, female and provincial origin gastroenterologists.

If you are a doctor of Māori or Pacific Island heritage, are female, or grew up in a provincial area of Aotearoa New Zealand, please consider training in gastroenterology and joining us. The Society is committed to and actively working towards making the training programme accommodating to you.

If you are applying to enter advanced training for the first time please send your CV and the names of three referees to office@nzsg.org.nz.

Please use the CV template as attached here -  CV template (tbd link to file).

You are encouraged to use our template letter to approach a local gastroenterologist to support your application. Download the letter here (tbd link to file).

If you need more information, please email the Executive Officer at office@nzsg.org.nz as soon as possible. If required we can assist the trainee to make contact with a local gastroenterologist for a confidential chat about training and what’s involved for a career in gastroenterology. 
There is an administration fee of $XXX (suggest $400) which NZSG will invoice you for after receipt of your CV and referees. 

If you are a current advanced trainee please send your CV and include the names of your current and previous supervisor in your CV if possible to office@nzsg.org.nz.

There is an administration fee of XXXX (suggest $150) which NZSG will invoice you for after receipt of your CV and supervisor information.

The Interviews will be held as follows:

  • for new applicants in person interviews will be held on XXXX at XXX the person.
  • for current trainees will be held remotely via video conference.  

Factors / Attributes to help Gastro MATCH applicants present a professional application to the panel

Commitment to equity, including Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Demonstrating your commitment to overcoming inequity, understanding the health needs of tangata whenua, and integrating Te Tiriti o Waitangi into clinical practice is important to demonstrate within your application.

Reach out to a local gastroenterologist early in your training. Local support from within the speciality is helpful within your application process. Include details in your application.

Any experience in gastroenterology and/or endoscopy is good but it is not essential. Don’t fret if you haven’t ever touched a ‘scope.  The gastro experience could be audit/research, attendance at endoscopy lists, or having worked with a general physician-gastroenterologist as a house officer or medical registrar. This encourages candidates to seek out experience and exposure to gastroenterology in their career so that they can be sure this is the career pathway for them. Share your experiences with us.

If you have worked in peripheral hospitals in your training, then you are more likely to return there as a consultant.  We need Gastroenterologists in our regional centres. Hence, spending 6 to 12 months in one or two smaller regional hospitals is encouraged. This would mean experience as a house officer or registrar in Aotearoa hospitals other than metropolitan Auckland (North Shore/Waitakere, Auckland City, Middlemore), Waikato, Wellington/Hutt, Christchurch, and Dunedin hospitals.

Diversity has a different definition for everyone. We are looking for a group of specialists that reflect the patients we look after, and the teams that we work with. Tell us what diversity means to you and how you work toward diversity. 

Research, contributing to meaningful audit, being part of governance structures and working with teams to produce guidelines are an important and an integral part of medical education and training as a Registrar, and as CPD when a consultant.  Exposure and contribution to quality research at an early stage in your career is desirable. Share your research with us in your application.

Leadership roles of any sort help prepare a candidate for a career in gastroenterology, a busy and demanding speciality. Teamwork is an essential part of gastroenterology work every day, working with many different colleagues from different disciplines to come together and provide excellent care for patients. Share your past teams’ experiences, your role, and the outcomes with us.

Teaching (delivery or organisation) and being a mentor to others is another key aspect of a career in gastroenterology, and another desirable aspect.  IF you have been a mentor or helped others learn skills, please discuss this within your application.

The RACP Education Supervising body is the Aotearoa NZ Advanced Training Subcommittee (ATS) in Gastroenterology chaired by Dr Maggie Ow you can reach the Committee via email to gastroenterology@racp.org.nz.

Please go to the RACP website for more details about gastroenterology advanced training programme curriculum, programme requirements and information on applying for the entrance exam.

Gastroenterology and hepatology are branches of internal medicine (usually practised together) that are concerned with prevention, investigation and therapy of and research into illnesses involving the intestine, liver and other associated organs.

Monthly Online Trainee Sessions

The Society provide an online forum on WhatsupApp for Trainees to communicate amongst themselves on an adhoc basis. If you are a current trainee and would like to be included in this group please contact us at office@nzsg.org.nz when emailing us please include a mobile number for us to add to the WhatsApp group.

NZSG also provides a formal training session once a month through an online platform. Sessions are held via video link. Monthly sessions include presentations from current trainees on a range of topics which follow the RACP Advanced Trainees Curriculum. Sessions also include discussion from Senior Medical Officers who provide their experiences and knowledge from hands situations in healthcare within Aotearoa New Zealand as well as internationally.

 

Trainees’ Day

NZSG organise a two day trainees’ event each year. The event includes a full programme of speakers from across the motu. The discussions include educational topics from the RACP Advanced Trainees Curriculum as well as wellbeing discussions.

The programme also has several social events during the programme as well as a dinner to allow for a less formal event to socialise and get to know each other.

This event is made possible by Pharmaco who have been the key sponsor for this event for many years and Norgine who sponsor speakers travel from outside the events through a grant directly to the Society.

NZSG Lead Courses

The Society also provide a range of courses throughout the year for members of the gastroenterology whanau which can be found on our courses page.