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Important Information for Overseas Doctors Seeking RMO Positions




We use ‘RMO’ to describe both ‘House Officer’ and ‘Registrar’. In other parts of the world ‘RMO’ equates to terms such as ‘Junior Doctor’ and ‘JMO’.


A House Officer is a junior doctor or dentist in their first two years following graduation from medical/dental school.


The term Senior House Officer, refers to a House Officer in their third year of graduation, and is not used at the CDHB.


A Registrar is a junior doctor who has completed at least two years following graduation and may or may not have entered advanced training.


The process can seem a bit complex, so we welcome any questions you have!  Contact Hayley Milne our Resident Doctor Recruitment Coordinator directly to discuss your plans at: Hayley.Milne@cdhb.health.nz




CDHB offers Registrar and House Officer positions. House Officers may range from Year 1 to Year 4 in terms of their experience since graduation; however it is possible to apply for a Registrar position after having completed two years of experience following graduation.


Some specialties require the person to have had experience in that specialty at House Officer level before they may be considered for a Registrar appointment. For other specialties a variety of experience is sufficient.


Some UK doctors who have worked here have commented that the level of responsibility afforded to House Officers here is less than what they have been used to at home and have therefore found it appropriate to commence as a House Officer and then apply for a Registrar position a later stage.





The NZ Medical

Year – 2016/2017


House Officer Year:
28 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2017


1st Quarter:  28 Nov 2016 – 26 Feb 2017
2nd Quarter: 27 Feb 2017 – 28 May 2017
3rd Quarter: 29 May 2017 – 27 Aug 2017
4th Quarter: 28 Aug 2017 – 26 Nov 2017


Registrar Year: 
12 Dec 2016 – 10 Dec 2017


4 Month Runs: 
12 Dec 2016 – 9 Apr 2017
10 Apr 2017 – 13 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 – 10 Dec 2017


6 Month Runs: 

12 Dec 2016 – 11 Jun 2017
12 Jun 2017 – 10 Dec 2017


Annual Recruitment
Annual Recruitment for RMOs commencing in line with the NZ medical year (Nov/Dec) opens in April/May each year.


The application process for New Zealand residents and overseas applicants applying via Annual Recruitment is the same.


CLICK HERE for information on Annual Recruitment for 2016/2017.







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