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    Hi, I've heard plenty of stories about bottlenecks between FY2/ST1, but I don't really know any hard evidence! As I understand it all the medical specialities involve you applying for 'medicine' as an ST1 job, and for a 'surgery' ST1 job for all those, and then at ST3 you have to pick your specialities. Anaes., Physc, GP etc. you specialise for fully at ST1.

    My question is this - for medicine/surg is the FY2/ST1 switch relatively easy then, as there is so much variety (lots of less popular specialities as well as the more popular), but the ST2/ST3 sub-speciality level harder? Or is even getting onto medical/surg etc. training tricky in it?

    To be a bit more specific I'm sort of falling for neurology - I've heard it's a fairly academic speciality, but know little of the competetiveness either at the medical ST1 level or neuro ST3 level (I believe that's how it works).

    Any general info/sources/specific advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Hi, I've heard plenty of stories about bottlenecks between FY2/ST1, but I don't really know any hard evidence! As I understand it all the medical specialities involve you applying for 'medicine' as an ST1 job, and for a 'surgery' ST1 job for all those, and then at ST3 you have to pick your specialities. Anaes., Physc, GP etc. you specialise for fully at ST1.

    My question is this - for medicine/surg is the FY2/ST1 switch relatively easy then, as there is so much variety (lots of less popular specialities as well as the more popular), but the ST2/ST3 sub-speciality level harder? Or is even getting onto medical/surg etc. training tricky in it?

    To be a bit more specific I'm sort of falling for neurology - I've heard it's a fairly academic speciality, but know little of the competetiveness either at the medical ST1 level or neuro ST3 level (I believe that's how it works).

    Any general info/sources/specific advice would be greatly appreciated.
    if you want medical neuro it'll be realtively easy.
    If you want neurosurgery it'll be relatively hard.

    Theres no change there than it ever has been.
    If you are set on a specialty you should also allow for the fact you may have to move areas to secure your desired job.
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    Yeah it was medical neuro - neurosurgery I find fairly dull, I must admit.

    That is interesting - I'd heard medical neuro was competetive - v. good news! Thanks!
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    Remember that new bottlenecks will be forming at the CT/ST junctions and post-ST over the next couple of years as more and more juniors progress up the system.
 
 
 
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