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Hello,
I am interesting in applying to neurosurgery and am currently doing a masters in neuroscience. I had a few questions which I would be obliged if somebody could help me with...

1. During my elective in a third-world country, I had the opportunity to do a quality improvement project, I designed and led the project on my own, I was wondering if this something that would look good on my application ( I hope to re-audit and close the loop before putting this on my application)

2. I have published a case report in a reputed journal and have a few papers (with me as co-author) in the pipeline, how good would this be for my application, i am hoping to become a first author in a project soonish but was wondering where I stand now

3. I hope to do a formal postgraduate teaching degree in the future as well but for the time being would it be worthwhile investing in certificate courses from coursera/edx etc, would this be a value addition to my CV?

4. Finally, how important are medical school grades in the application process, I have worked on every other aspect of the application process but my grades are not something I can change! I was wondering how important this would be in the grand scheme.

I am sorry for the long post, any help would be really appreciated!
Thanks
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Interestingly there was a very similar question for a few days ago: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5755454. The replies may have been helpful.

(Original post by beckaza)
Hello,
I am interesting in applying to neurosurgery and am currently doing a masters in neuroscience. I had a few questions which I would be obliged if somebody could help me with...

1. During my elective in a third-world country, I had the opportunity to do a quality improvement project, I designed and led the project on my own, I was wondering if this something that would look good on my application ( I hope to re-audit and close the loop before putting this on my application)
Definitely. For CST and CMT (now IMT) it would have been worth some points. Make sure you close the loop (QIP is literally you have to re-audit, otherwise how do you know you have improved the quality?! It will just be an audit then) and present it.

2. I have published a case report in a reputed journal and have a few papers (with me as co-author) in the pipeline, how good would this be for my application, i am hoping to become a first author in a project soonish but was wondering where I stand now
It depends on what type of journal it is (is it PubMed-cited?). For a case report it may not be worth as much points.

3. I hope to do a formal postgraduate teaching degree in the future as well but for the time being would it be worthwhile investing in certificate courses from coursera/edx etc, would this be a value addition to my CV?
You do get more points for having done post-grad courses.

4. Finally, how important are medical school grades in the application process, I have worked on every other aspect of the application process but my grades are not something I can change! I was wondering how important this would be in the grand scheme.
It's honours / distinctions / merits that's useful. If you have won a prize that's good too.

I am sorry for the long post, any help would be really appreciated!
Thanks
Here are some scoring criteria (not neurosurgery) for your information:
(IMT) https://www.imtrecruitment.org.uk/re...cation-scoring
(CST) https://www.pathway.oriel.nhs.uk/Web...dvert%20V3.pdf

More information available here:
https://www.yorksandhumberdeanery.nh...t3_recruitment

If itsbrainsurgery is free she'll advise too (she is super busy though)
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