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I am currently deciding if I should intercalate or not and I'm leaning towards not doing so. This is mainly because I can't afford it. hence, I have a few questions.

1) Are there any specialties that are closed off to me if I don't intercalate
2) How can I make up for not intercalating whilst at medical school
3) How can I make up for not intercalating whilst working
4) How easy is to do another degree (Msc) whilst working
5) At which other stages aside from FPAS are there points for intercalation and does it really count for a lot?
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I am currently deciding if I should intercalate or not and I'm leaning towards not doing so. This is mainly because I can't afford it. hence, I have a few questions...
I didn't intercalate. If you are looking for extra application points (for CMT / IMT anyway) in my opinion it is not worth the extra year (even though when I did Medicine, tuition fees were ~ £1100 per year). You get an extra 8 points for getting a 1st class and 4 points for 2:1.

1) Are there any specialties that are closed off to me if I intercalat
Not at all. I don't see why any would, but it would mean you are one year behind your colleagues who didn't intercalate.

2) How can I make up for not intercalating whilst at medical school
For CMT / IMT anyway, winning a national prize = 1st class (8 points) ; presenting orally at a national / international meeting is worth 6 points ; if you are first author of 2 PubMed-cited articles it's 8 points ; teaching-wise, the maximum is 7 points; if you have done a QIP and presented it, it's 10 points; finally being a national leader (for any society / organisation etc.) will gain you 6 points.

https://www.imtrecruitment.org.uk/re...cation-scoring

After interviews all these points are divided by 4 anyway. Application scoring makes up only a quarter of the points, with interview performance making up three quarters. So your intercalated degree will be worth at most 2 points (out of 96) and possibly less.

Note: This is for medicine only.

3) How can I make up for not intercalating whilst working
Read the above - do a QIP, teach a lot, see if you can win / publish something etc. etc.

4) How easy is to do another degree (Msc) whilst working
You'll need to negotiate with the Foundation Programme Director / Training Programme DIrector. It shouldn't be hard.

5) At which other stages aside from FPAS are there points for intercalation and does it really count for a lot?
Ooops just read this - everything I have said so far applies to CMT / IMT year 1 and ST3 / ST4 medical applications. I don't know much about FPAS!
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Thank you so much for your response.
For question 1, I meant to ask if there were any specialties I couldn't apply to without intercalating?

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I didn't intercalate. If you are looking for extra application points (for CMT / IMT anyway) in my opinion it is not worth the extra year (even though when I did Medicine, tuition fees were ~ £1100 per year). You get an extra 8 points for getting a 1st class and 4 points for 2:1.



Not at all. I don't see why any would, but it would mean you are one year behind your colleagues who didn't intercalate.



For CMT / IMT anyway, winning a national prize = 1st class (8 points) ; presenting orally at a national / international meeting is worth 6 points ; if you are first author of 2 PubMed-cited articles it's 8 points ; teaching-wise, the maximum is 7 points; if you have done a QIP and presented it, it's 10 points; finally being a national leader (for any society / organisation etc.) will gain you 6 points.

https://www.imtrecruitment.org.uk/re...cation-scoring

After interviews all these points are divided by 4 anyway. Application scoring makes up only a quarter of the points, with interview performance making up three quarters. So your intercalated degree will be worth at most 2 points (out of 96) and possibly less.

Note: This is for medicine only.



Read the above - do a QIP, teach a lot, see if you can win / publish something etc. etc.



You'll need to negotiate with the Foundation Programme Director / Training Programme DIrector. It shouldn't be hard.



Ooops just read this - everything I have said so far applies to CMT / IMT year 1 and ST3 / ST4 medical applications. I don't know much about FPAS!
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Thank you so much for your response.
For question 1, I meant to ask if there were any specialties I couldn't apply to without intercalating?
While it is not a requirement in any, for a few super-competitive specialties you will need maximum points even to secure an interview. In that case then perhaps not intercalating will put you at a disadvantage.
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