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    Medical physics here too...also found the tests horrendous. Hoping we all hear something soon !
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    Tests were rather frightful. I hear that's the point though.

    I'm trying for Genomics. Its my first time trying STP. Hopefully it will be fruitful but I'm not convinced. Genuinely wish everyone luck with their tests and getting long/shortlisted.
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    (Original post by SlipperyJohn)
    Tests were rather frightful. I hear that's the point though.

    I'm trying for Genomics. Its my first time trying STP. Hopefully it will be fruitful but I'm not convinced. Genuinely wish everyone luck with their tests and getting long/shortlisted.
    Yeah sounds really hard, apparently they try and short-list around three times as many candidates as they have places, so that's only about 70 interview spots for the genomics. I reckon several hundred could easily have applied, so not going to put all my eggs in the STP basket!!!!!
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    (Original post by Nightwing_)
    Yeah sounds really hard, apparently they try and short-list around three times as many candidates as they have places, so that's only about 70 interview spots for the genomics. I reckon several hundred could easily have applied, so not going to put all my eggs in the STP basket!!!!!
    Quite. There's 24 spots for genomics so that's 72 interview places and if the numbers are still the same as I've been told they are, that's 24 reserve spots.

    The more spots the better though right? At least there isn't just 3 spaces. If you get to the interview stage just wow them there :P.
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    (Original post by SlipperyJohn)
    Quite. There's 24 spots for genomics so that's 72 interview places and if the numbers are still the same as I've been told they are, that's 24 reserve spots.

    The more spots the better though right? At least there isn't just 3 spaces. If you get to the interview stage just wow them there :P.
    Did you just apply for one specialism? I'm not really sure what the "done" thing is but I applied for 2. I could have probably put down about 5 that I would have a genuine interest in. They aren't obviously that closely related though, no idea if this matters or not, or if the order of preference makes you any more or less likely to get through!
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    (Original post by Nightwing_)
    Did you just apply for one specialism? I'm not really sure what the "done" thing is but I applied for 2. I could have probably put down about 5 that I would have a genuine interest in. They aren't obviously that closely related though, no idea if this matters or not, or if the order of preference makes you any more or less likely to get through!
    I applied for Genomics only. I'm not really interested in any others. I guess you could make an argument for biochemistry but... Genomics, I love it.

    Maybe a bit short sighted of me but I feel I could focus my application on that without having to worry about diluting it to fit multiple specialisms. Who knows .
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    I've gone for genetics and bioinformatics, I've used both for my PhD and they're so closely linked I find it hard to separate them. They're basically the same thing from a scientific point of view, just different ways of working with the data.
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    Hi guys... I have applied for Med Phys. My tests were horrible/abysmal. I feel a bit ashamed to call myself a physicist as I was unable to answer simple math questions.. Good luck to everyone here. this forum has been very supportive and informative. I hope all of us here make it to the next stage. Good luck people.
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    Good luck, everyone. No matter what happens, at least we've tried and that's all we can do! X
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    I thought it would be longlisting relied on both tests being good enough to exceed the threshold, but someone on here said something about an average? Maybe I imagined it out of vain hope lol
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    (Original post by librarygirl)
    I thought it would be longlisting relied on both tests being good enough to exceed the threshold, but someone on here said something about an average? Maybe I imagined it out of vain hope lol
    I think someone asked if it was averaged. But I'm pretty sure that I read somewhere that you have to exceed a certain pass mark for the tests, so unfortunately I think that means you'll have to do well in both, not just one. I don't feel either of mine were great so........s***!
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    Heelllloooo fellow medical physicists. Good luck to all of you! Don't feel too bad about the tests, everyone found them tough.

    On the bright side, med phys has the most roles so.. that's a slight advantage. I guess they'll be interviewing 180-190 people.

    It sucks that the only pathway into becoming a medical physicist is this NHS scheme. Anyone have a backup career lined up?
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    (Original post by k3ro)
    Heelllloooo fellow medical physicists. Good luck to all of you! Don't feel too bad about the tests, everyone found them tough.

    On the bright side, med phys has the most roles so.. that's a slight advantage. I guess they'll be interviewing 180-190 people.

    It sucks that the only pathway into becoming a medical physicist is this NHS scheme. Anyone have a backup career lined up?
    That's true, but I kind of assumed that the specialisms that had the highest intakes will also have the highest number of applicants. Not to put a downer on it obvs, maybe I should just stop and only make positive comments from now on
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    So are expecting the longlist to be released tomorrow considering shortlisting begins on Thursday?
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    (Original post by k3ro)
    Heelllloooo fellow medical physicists. Good luck to all of you! Don't feel too bad about the tests, everyone found them tough.

    On the bright side, med phys has the most roles so.. that's a slight advantage. I guess they'll be interviewing 180-190 people.

    It sucks that the only pathway into becoming a medical physicist is this NHS scheme. Anyone have a backup career lined up?
    Well I actually already work in medical physics! Mostly in radiation protection.. But I'm thinking of making the switch to radiotherapy if I can. I'm not holding out much hope but if I don't make it this time will just use this year to gain a bit more experience. I'm applying to become a clinical scientist as I'm in a bit of a career progression hole at the moment...
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    (Original post by rls997)
    So are expecting the longlist to be released tomorrow considering shortlisting begins on Thursday?
    That's what I thought since it's two days after the closing date but wouldn't surprised if it took longer.
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    Do we just get a rejection or notification email about being long listed? Really hate it when prospective employers don't just automatically email those who didn't make it through. Computer systems are pretty fast these days!
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    These figures might be interesting. From 2013 I think. Can't remember where I found the pdf containing them, so I've uploaded them. First one is number of applicants per position, the second is level of education of successful trainees.



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    (Original post by alex83)
    These figures might be interesting. From 2013 I think. Can't remember where I found the pdf containing them, so I've uploaded them. First one is number of applicants per position, the second is level of education of successful trainees.



    That's really helpful, thanks! Didn't realise such a large proportion got in without MSc/PhD!
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    I've got a 1st and 5+ years significant experience...wont matter at all though if I've fluffed my tests (which I think I have )
 
 
 
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