kestrelforaknave
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Hi everyone!

I'm currently trying to navigate the labyrinth of FPAS job rankings. I've got no idea how to go about ranking them all. I'm thinking of sorting by location, then ranking rotations within that. I know a couple of my friends have printed out all of the rotations, cut them out and arranged them on the floor. Seems like an okay way of doing it but does anybody know a better method?

I've had a brief perusal of Google's results, but there seems to be very little advice on how to do this.

How is everybody going about it?

G'luck!

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I used the print out and cut up and rearrange on the floor technique. There were specific jobs I wanted so anything including anaesthetics or ICU went to the top of the pile, anything that had GP/Psych went to the bottom... I also gave preference to any jobs in between that kept me in one place for the whole 2yrs (we got given the whole 2yr rotations but not everyone did). The other thing I did to sort out the jobs in the middle was came up with a ranking system where specific jobs within the rotation were given a score and specific locations were given a score then the jobs ranked based on the overall value... (very scientific approach!)
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The 'score' approach is genius. I'm thinking of looking at every possible specialty and rating each out of 10. Then it just becomes a maths exercise with some fine tweaking at the end. Great suggestion, Hygeia.
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Yeh, i did a cut out on the floor system and ranked them based on a scoring system. -1 for rotations i hated, 0 for meh rotations, 1 for good rotations and 2 for great rotations.
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I used Excel with a downloaded copy of my deanery's job list (318, thanks!). I then created a new sheet where they were all separated by location.

After that, I put my preferred speciality+location right at the top (so paeds). Then I went down a descending list of location preference, sub-ranking within that by what specialities I liked. As I'm going to Wales, location was more important than speciality as I don't want to be in the north! If I was at a smaller deanery in geography terms I would have been a lot more tempted to rank speciality blocks.
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I used excel and different coloured text and boxes.

I had 50 programmes to rank but was only really interested in programmes mainly from one area and a few from another and made a excel sheet with around 30 programmes from this. As about half were paired with FY2, I had a system with if a job contained GP it was orange, EM green, both blue, both and "good" 3rd rotation dark blue, acute medicine got yellow boxes in Fy1. Specialities I didn't like were orange text, specific locations and different hospitals got different text styles or colours. This made it easier to pick out which programmes had more rotations that I liked.
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My focus was staying in Brighton as my boyfriend (now husband) had a permanent job in Brighton. So my strategy was using a spreadsheet to divide into the following categories

1) Jobs which were in Brighton or easily commutable from Brighton the first year with a second year in Brighton or easily commutable from Brighton - Ranked in order of desirability

2) Jobs which had the first year in Brighton or easily commutable from Brighton and the second year away from Brighton - Jobs where the second year was in London were at the top (as I figured I was more likely to be able to swap them) they were then ordered in order of preference for the F1 job.

3) Jobs with the first year away from Brighton second year in or commutable from Brighton ranked in order of distance from Brighton first then jobs second

4) Jobs which had two years away from Brighton ranked in order of distance in the first year from Brighton (with a hope that I could swap the second year to be in or close to Brighton.

This took a while but it worked as I have yet to have to leave Brighton (4 and a half years post qualification). However this was obviously a very geographical way of doing things. If you don't have a particular attachment to an area then this probably isn't the method for you!
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Complicated scoring system followed by going down the list and comparing each rotation with the one above. The main changes were that rotations that had both good and bad jobs rose a lot as I felt a bad job is tolerable for the sake of a good one.
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When I ranked the 364 Wales F1 jobs, I put everything with psych/GP/O&G at the bottom, put the North wales jobs top and prioritised jobs with paeds/anaesthetics. The list kinda just fell into place from there. And then I had to do it all again for F2!
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In your opinion, what are the placement to absolutely have/avoid? And why?
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So hard to exclude Psych and GP, there are hardly any jobs without either
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I'm hoping to go into Radiology so I'm trying to get 2 surgical, 2 medicine and A&E/ICU for a good portfolio of acute medical and surgical specialities. But since I'm planning on doing MRCS Part A in FY1 need to make sure I have at least 1 "easy" rotation so I can get revision done...
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