NZSCM Training Programme – A brief overview
An innovative Training Programme in Cosmetic Medicine CM, is now available in New Zealand.
The MCNZ has recognised cosmetic medicine as an area of special interest (advanced competency) within the field of general practice, and has approved the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (NZSCM) training programme (the Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine) as the qualification to support this advanced competency.
Doctors who have vocational registration in general practice and who have successfully completed the NZSCM diploma will be deemed competent to practice category two cosmetic procedures (as defined in the MCNZ Statement on Cosmetic Procedures) without requiring a collegial relationship.
NZ Registered doctors who are Fellows of the RNZCGP can apply in writing with a CV, a copy of their APC, evidence of medical defence society membership, a Certificate of Good Standing from the NZMC. Email and Skype addresses, and digital photography are mandatory prerequisites. Financial membership to NZSCM is required.
Doctors can apply each year to become a trainee member, for training in the modalities of Microsclerotherapy, Temporary Dermal Fillers, Botulinum, Radiofrequency Ablation, Laser and IPL hair, tattoo and vascular and pigmented lesion removal and Photorejuvenation, and Superficial and Medium Depth Chemical Peels. There is emphasis on assessment in the theory and practical aspects of performing procedures to meet the prescribed Clinical Standards and provided detailed Protocols.
Successful trainees will be eligible to receive a Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine, and become members of NZSCM.
Mentors will be assigned for course supervision. Regular contact and assessment is made by the mentor. An annual schedule of training workshops and trainee peer group teleconferences is developed each year that cover the modalities. A minimum of 80% attendance is required. The workshops encompass a heavy practical emphasis. Logbooks of procedures and their outcomes must be kept, and will be audited as part of a comprehensive practice visit before the awarding of Diplomas in Cosmetic Medicine. Annual MOPS returns that show activity in Cosmetic Medicine are mandatory for membership of NZSCM.