Jamies guide to getting into specialty trainingWatch
Training posts can be difficult to get hold of. This is because of cutbacks (money), EU competition, and the general difficulties of workplace planning.
So here are a few areas which give you points in selection criteria. [this is fact, not opinion...]
1-Intercalated degree (2nd/3rd), diploma
2-Intercalated degree (1st), MCEM A, MRCP 1, MRCS A (etc)
3-Previous degree or masters PLUS MRCP 1/MCEM A etc
1-one or more course relevant to specialty
2-multiple courses (example ATLS and ALS and APLS for those wanting to do ACCS)
Research and publications
1-good publication as co-author
2-several good publications as co-author or one as first author
3-multiple publications in leading journals
4-4 plus publications as first author in leading journals
1-informal teaching of med students/nurses
2-Contribution to formal teaching
3-Major contribution to local teaching programme or formal training in education
4-Major contribution to national teaching programme
1-Has done donkey work for others
2-Significant contribution to one audit per year
3-Significant contribution to more than one audit per year (gneerally you have to have designed and led)
4-Practise changing audits presented nationally
Looks pretty similar to the Psych applications.
I wondered if people had any thoughts on doing a good answer to the suitability for specialty v. commitment to specialty questions as it seems like more than one are using them & superficially it seems like the content could be quite similar...
(Yes - I am breaking a cardinal TSR rule in that I probbaly haven't fully thought this through myself just yet... I suppose the suitability is all about trying to relate things to the person specification but then the content of how you've demonstrated suitability probably relates to the extra things you've tried to do to show commitment? I am rubbish at these forms!)
Are prizes points for national only as for the FP application?
I think I'll worry about finals at the moment and then start worrying about this
Anaesthetics and ACCS (anaesthetics). Same as half the other A&E F2s, it seems!
Spend your entire training obsessing about the FRCA exams and being someone elses ***** for your entire career.
IF you go for ACCS I would advise avoiding anywhere south east London (Bromley, Sidcup, Woolwich).
100 words, 14 skills listed on the person spec.
I've recently done an audit which I feel could get me a couple of points. However the consultant that originally gave it to me has since forgotten about it (despite my regular email reminders), and I've not been able to present the work. I've since moved hospitals but would be willing to travel and present it just to draw a line under it!! But he doesn't seem interested and he is the audit lead for the department!
If you need to get some presentations under your belt and are going to be ina hospital for a few weeks then you might want to track down the organiser of the medical journal club or something similar and ask if you can present something.
I could definitely be doing more angling for presentations though, journal club sounds like a good way into it, cheers.
I'd better get off my backside and get something together.
Wish there was social criteria...
2-Contribution to formal drinking events
3-Major contribution to the local drinking scene
4-Master of ceremonies and games
A pig can dream
How can I show evidence for this in an application beyond my word? I'm hoping the answer isn't feedback forms...