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Whilst I can see why it would be advantageous to chose a foundation rotation that includes a speciality which a person might be interested in pursuing in the future - is it a necessity?

Do interviewers for speciality training etc look at such things down the line? Do they place much weight on it?
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It isn't a requirement. You will just need to be a bit more creative and use your taster week etc to demonstrate commitment to specialty.
Which specialty are you interested in?
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I didn't do the thing i'm going to be doing for specialty training. Just got creative in other jobs/taster weeks. Was fine. If i'd had the chance I would have done it but I was happy with the rotations I had.
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(Original post by Asclepius1)
Whilst I can see why it would be advantageous to chose a foundation rotation that includes a speciality which a person might be interested in pursuing in the future - is it a necessity?

Do interviewers for speciality training etc look at such things down the line? Do they place much weight on it?
There are sometimes extra points at CT/ST1 for completing a foundation placement in a particular specialty, but not all specialties do this. In anaesthetics, it does get you a point or two, but so does having done a taster week - they realised there aren't many anaesthetics FY jobs and people a)may not have chosen their specialty at the point of FY application and b)may have other priorities for choosing jobs - so it's relatively fair. It is perfectly possible to get a job without it.

Other things that will help are audits/research in relevant areas and other evidence of "commitment" such as taking membership exams if it's possible in your chosen specialty. For surgery, starting a logbook would be a very good idea - in fact it's probably something everyone should do for procedures more complicated than a cannula/ABG.
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