Boosting ST3 Surgical Training Applications: THE ODDS

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It’s a well-known fact that it is harder for IMG doctors not only to pass standardized UK medical exams such as the MRCS, but also to get into Higher Specialty training (HST). This article looks at the actual statistics from published data and offers advise on how to improve your application chances. The studies show […]

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Failed ST3 Interview Clinical Station: Realistic Examples to Learn from… Part 1

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We will review two clinical scenario interview sample simulations. One has gone well, and the other has gone sideways. This is meant to help you reflect on your own interview approach, identify what to keep doing, what to avoid and what to improve for your ST3 interview. Vascular Surgery Clinical Scenario – Interview gone wrong:

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General & Vascular Surgery ST3 Interview Prep Essentials: Clinical Scenario Station

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The clinical scenario aims to evaluate your aptitude at the level of an ST3 registrar by judging your knowledge and response to a challenging clinical situation that you are likely to encounter on a busy on-call take in the NHS.  The cases are typically complex and will include some form of management challenges that you

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General & Vascular Surgery ST3 Interview Prep Essentials: All You Must Know

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Building your portfolio, as discussed earlier, is essential to securing an interview. However, it’s only the first part of the recruitment shortlisting process. You will need to pass your interview to secure a training post. This article highlights some of the most important things to know as you prepare for your ST3 interview. 1: Know

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Did I Really Fail My First ARCP? Understanding UK Annual Training Performance Review

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I had my first ARCP (Annual Review of Competency Progression) for my ST3 vascular training post in June 2024. This review came 10 months into my training and two months before my next placement. Naturally, I was anxious and eager to receive an outcome 1, which signifies satisfactory progress. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so lucky; instead,

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7 Powerful Principles and Strategies for Building Your NHS Portfolio

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With increasing competition for training jobs in the NHS, having a robust portfolio is not just a formality but a crucial tool for standing out in your applications and increasing your chances of securing your preferred job. In this article, I offer several principles and strategies applicable to any specialty or professional portfolio, ensuring you

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Building an Impressive ST3 Portfolio: Key Areas and Tips

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Creating a strong portfolio for your ST3 surgical training application involves proper forward- thinking and planning across several key areas. Taking a goal-directed approach is the only sure way to create a portfolio that will secure your interview. Here’s a summary of essential tips and focus areas from my blog posts on ST3 portfolio preparation,

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ST3 Portfolio Building Essentials: Area 9 & 10: Clinician Leadership

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In summary, Areas 9 and 10 assess your ability to demonstrate leadership as a clinician. The GMC considers a good doctor to be more than just a clinician; they should also be able to carry out a wide range of leadership responsibilities, such as management, teaching, and training. Management involves skills in planning, organising, coordination

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ST3 Portfolio Building Essentials: Area 5 – 7: Research and Audit

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In summary, Areas 5-7 focus on research publication experience, conference presentations, and audits/quality improvement projects, essential for demonstrating your research leadership potential. In Area 5, assessors value publications in PubMed-indexed journals, with first-author articles earning the most points. Starting early in your career is crucial to accumulate a robust publication record. For Area 6, conference

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ST3 Portfolio Building Essentials: Area 4: Demonstrating Surgical Skills

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Another key portfolio area is the hands-on surgical experience in performing common procedures specific to your specialty. To measure competency in General & Vascular Surgery, assessors tally the number of appendicectomies performed either independently or while your supervisor is scrubbed, or unscrubbed in theatre. The highest scores, a 4 out of 4, are awarded to

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