Benefits of Being a Member of NZCMM


New Zealand Medical Graduates as Full Voting Member

International Medical Graduates as Associate Non-Voting Member

  • Collegial support of a special interest group
  • Access to all educational activities of NZCMM and AFMM at reduced rates
  • Access to online mentoring peer groups
  • Access to publications and news
  • Practice with confidence in Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Support our goals of increasing equity of access for patients to musculoskeletal care and treatment across New Zealand and improving outcomes for musculoskeletal pain conditions.

Benefits of Being a Specialist

Eligibility for New Zealand Medical Graduates

  • The ability to pratice Musculoskeletal Medicine as a recognised vocational scope of practice in New Zealand
  • Helping community-based patients with complex pain issues
  • Collegiality and being recognised by your peers as offering an unique service
  • Access to specific funding streams such as ACC Clinical Services and/or Interventional Pain Management contract
  • Personal satisfaction and work/life balance

Becoming a Specialist

Eligibility 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 – 50% of which is in accredited General Practice
  • Membership to a professional indemnity insurer such as Medical Protection 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 videotapes, published works, internet instruction, refresher courses and scientific meetings
  • 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 be undertaken over a period equivalent to four years, full-time, and shall comprise rotations through approved hospital or community-based clinics, which can include 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.

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