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    I am reading a book about a US neurosurgeon and she said that there are a number of spaces for each speciality each other, so you compete to get a place in the residential programme for that speciality to specialise in that field,is this also true for the UK?Or can you specialise in anything you want in the uk and will be just given a place or is there some tests or a limited number of spaces for each speciality?Can someone explain how all this speciality thing works and also what are the hardest and easiest one to get a place for if the Uk has a similar programme to the US?
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    I am reading a book about a US neurosurgeon and she said that there are a number of spaces for each speciality each other, so you compete to get a place in the residential programme for that speciality to specialise in that field,is this also true for the UK?Or can you specialise in anything you want in the uk and will be just given a place or is there some tests or a limited number of spaces for each speciality?Can someone explain how all this speciality thing works and also what are the hardest and easiest one to get a place for if the Uk has a similar programme to the US?
    Yes you have to apply competitively for specialty training in the UK. Some specialties are a lot more competitive than others - there's no point training thousands of neurosurgeons when what the country and the population needs is GPs, psychiatrists and paediatricians. Because of that, there are few neurosurgery training places so the competition will go up. You can view competition ratios here:

    https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/Competition-Ratios

    Specialty training in the UK is complex and some specialties do now have an exam (the MSRA) which is used to decide who will get interviewed. Each specialty has a person specification which you can look at to see what you need to do to gain acceptance - in some cases you will need to have completed some postgraduate exams, gained publications, shown evidence of participating in audits, attended relevant courses etc. You can find out more here:

    https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/i-a...ialty-training
 
 
 
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