Dr Taatske Rijken
Artsexamen 1997 Groningen; JCPTGP 2004 United Kingdom; MRCGP 2007; FRNZCGP 2014
Dr Taatske, as she is commonly known, is originally from the Netherlands but completed her GP training in the UK. After living and working in different parts of the world for 13 years, she and her husband and children decided to settle in Dunedin.
Dr Taatske likes every aspect of general practice, from babies and their families through to older patients who often have multiple complex chronic illnesses. Her other interest is in the medical education of health care professionals and patients. She visit patients at Little Sisters of the Poor Elderly Care facility each week.
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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.