Dr Elvira de Jong
MD 2004 Antwerp; Master (Fam Med) 2009 Antwerpen; FRNZCGP 2013
I grew up in a rural area in the Netherlands, was I was always busy riding my pony and spending time outdoors. I always thought I would be a vet one day, but decided medicine would suit me better as I like the interaction with people. I ended up studying medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, as the Dutch universities didn't have enough capacity.
After my medical degree I continued with a study in tropical medicine. When we completed this, Joost and I went to work as doctors and teach medicine at a university in Mozambique. After our two years there, we went back to Belgium, where I finished my general practitioner training.
Straight after this, we applied for a job in New Zealand, and came to work and live in Alexandra, where two GPs were needed at that time. It really is a coincidence that we came to Central Otago, but we love it!
Outside work I like spending my time outdoors with my family and on my mountainbike. On long winter evenings I play the violin.
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The term "vocational registration" indicates that this doctor has done some additional years of further study and has passed comprehensive examinations set by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. In addition to these examinations she/he has committed to an ongoing programme of study to keep up to date with the advances in general practice. His/her participation in this study programme is audited. Passing the examinations and the commitment to the study programme confers on this doctor the status of "specialist" in general practice, and is your assurance that this doctor is practicing to a high standard.
Doctors who are not vocationally registered can currently work in general practice as long as they are under the supervision of a vocationally registered general practitioner. The Medical Council of New Zealand would like all doctors who work in general practice to attain vocational registration and many doctors who are not vocationally registered are currently working towards achieving this qualification.
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