The Waikato bid draws inspiration from the Flinders model with its proposal to put graduate-entry students through four years of training, including one year based in a community setting.
New Zealand is losing aspiring doctors to other countries because it lacks a graduate-entry medical programme.
Waikato Medical can fix our GP problem
A medical school backed by Waikato Hospital, pictured, and Waikato University seeks to train GPs to fill a critical shortage in the provinces.
The sides squared off in this month’s New Zealand Medical Journal. Today, Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray and Otago Medical School dean Prof Peter Crampton put their respective cases on the matter.
Waikato councils have publicly backed a proposal for a third New Zealand medical school.
Otago and Auckland have been accused of trying to grab the initiative off Waikato by proposing a new national school of rural health.
Kawhia GP John Burton is a rarity. A scion of Auckland's private school system, he has spent his career in a rural community.