Neurosurgical Occupation: Dependent on University Prestige?Watch
I read somewhere that it helps if you have previously carried out some research in Neurology and so I was wondering whether there are any other universities, besides Cambridge, that allow there students a year to focus on a specific field of medicine and to possibly publish some papers?
Any information would be helpful, even if it isn't to do with Neurosurgery, what factors are normally taken into account when selecting applicants to specialise in a competitive field?
The most recent data I can find on competition ratios is that there were 265 applicants for 49 jobs at ST1 in 2011.
You can intercalate at pretty much every medical school - even if it's not listed as a six year course most will offer it as an optional year which you can do either at your home medical school or externally at another university.
How exactly do you earn points from a Medical degree? From what I've heard, degrees in Medicine aren't grades as in 2:1, 2:2 etc. Do universities still award individual awards from being the highest achiever etc?
The grading (1st, 2.1, 2.2) is for the intercalated degree - additional year - not the medical degree (MBChB, MBBS, BM etc) for which it is just pass/fail, with or without distinction. For foundation, thought not I believe for further training, your rank within your medical school class is also used to contribute points towards your score that ranks you against every other graduating medical student in the country in order to assign foundation jobs. Other points for FPAS are from national prizes (essay competitions etc), presenting posters at conferences, and publishing research, and from the SJT exam sat in final year.
Do they look at your rank or percentile? How do you get published?
Sorry about the number of questions, I knew it was very competitive to get into specialties but I think I did underestimate it.
If you had publications/prizes etc before you started medical school, and did a BSc before - would these still be counted in the points? Or does i have to be during your medical training?
An honours degree counts as 1 point. So if I get into medicine then my undergraduate degree in philosophy will count as 1 point. It's worth noting that I think there are around 100 points that can be given, so it's not a big part of the application per se.
The remaining 50 come from the SJT examination.
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