Radiology

Radiology interview portfolio marking scheme

In previous years, candidates were asked to score their own Radiology portfolio, as part of the in person interviews, as a separate station. In the 2020-2021 recruitment cycle, this component of the application process was moved online, and candidates were asked to score their self-assessment online via the ORIEL platform. Evidence was uploaded onto a […]

By Medibuddy — 06 December 2021

General Surgery

The General Surgery ST3 Application Process

When you start to apply for the ST3 General Surgery interview, you may find it difficult to find a clear summary of the application process. Therefore, we have provided a clear summary of the most recent application process below to help candidates prepare early.

By Medibuddy — 01 December 2021

Radiology

Radiology ST1 application process

The radiology ST1 application process is nationally coordinated and applications are made via an online platform called ORIEL and has existed in its current form since 2016. We've summarised the process to help you prepare for interview.

By Medibuddy — 30 November 2021

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Obs and Gynae

Obs and Gynae ST1 Interview Format

The Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) ST1 interview format has changed over the last few years. Historically deaneries would interview their own candidates locally, modifying the stations to fit with their preferences. Now there is a national selection system (which is standard for other competitive run-through specialties like ophthalmology and radiology). For the jobs starting in […]

By Medibuddy — 30 November 2021

MSRA for Obs and Gynae

Obs and Gynae

O&G ST1 Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA Exam) and Essential Reading

The key to any assessment is preparation. Candidates who prepare will have a much higher success of scoring highly as if you have practised your exam technique. Below we have given some guidance on how to start preparing for this exam, including useful links for further information. Information about other aspects of the application process […]

By Medibuddy — 30 November 2021

Radiology Interview

Urology

ST3 Urology Interview Overview

The Urology ST3 interview is a national selection process that will last approximately 30 minutes in total. You will be assessed and scored by two Consultants. The recruitment process for National Urology ST3 2022 will follow the timeline below as per HEE: Activity Dates Applications Open 18th November 2021, 10am Application Deadline 9th December 2021, […]

By Medibuddy — 26 November 2021

Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery ST3 Interview Preparation and Essential Reading

Preparation is key to doing well in the Plastic Surgery ST3 Interview. You will have spent months/years developing your portfolio, however it only represents a small proportion of your overall mark. Whether you get a training number or not will depend on how well you answer the questions in the other stations. In this post […]

By Medibuddy — 19 November 2021

Core Medical

UK Internal Medicine Training Interview (previously Core Medical Interview) Tips for 2022

Congratulations on applying for the UK Internal Medicine Training (IMT) Interview! You’ll soon start your interview preparation and we’ve written this post in combination with our IMT Interview Question Bank to help you get the best score possible. Just making the decision to apply means you have started on the path to a career in clinical medicine. Take a moment […]

By Medibuddy — 18 November 2021

Applying to Core Medical Training

Core Medical

A guide to the 2022 Internal Medicine Training (IMT) Applications

Internal Medicine Training (IMT) applications are fast approaching, so it is time to start thinking about your IMT application! The COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupted internal medicine training applications for 2021, with no round 2 applications run in the second part of the year. This means there are likely to be more vacancies for 2022 IMT […]

By Medibuddy — 18 November 2021

Cardiology ST3 Interview Preparation

Cardiology

Cardiology ST3 Interview Preparation and What to Expect 2022

The cardiology ST3 interviews are a highly competitive process which understandably cause considerable anxiety for candidates. However, there are several things that you can do to help you perform at your best. The aim of this article is to outline the interview process and to give some advice based on our personal experience and opinion. […]

By Medibuddy — 16 November 2021

Radiology Interview

Radiology

Radiology Interview Overview 2021-2022

How many places are available? Historical statistics on number of applicants, number of interview places and number of available posts are available on the RCR website. The exact number of available posts for the 2022 round of recruitment is not currently known. For reference, in 2021 there were 353 posts available, with 1677 applicants, of […]

By Medibuddy — 15 November 2021

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology ST1 Interview Portfolio Preparation

The ST1 ophthalmology portfolio has strict criteria and a stringent mark scheme. The requirements are updated annually on the Severn Deanery website, four months in advance of the interview. Your portfolio is marked during the interview day in a separate room to you, so you do not get any opportunity to sell yourself or to explain the contents.

By Medibuddy — 12 November 2021

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology ST1 Interview Preparation and Essential Reading

The Ophthalmology ST1 interview is one of the most competitive interviews in the country, with many excellent applicants and outstanding portfolios, so it’s important you prepare for it properly. Here are some tips for your portfolio and the interview stations, which will hopefully optimise your application. We’ve also prepared a number of Ophthalmology ST1 Mock Interviews to […]

By Medibuddy — 12 November 2021

Obstetrics and Gynaecology ST1 Interview Preparation

Obs and Gynae

Obstetrics and Gynaecology ST1 Interview Preparation and Essential Reading

The key to any interview is preparation. Candidates who prepare will have much higher success of scoring highly as their answers will be slicker and you will be able to think more clearly under pressure. Below we have given some guidance on how to start preparing, including useful links for further information. More detailed information […]

By Medibuddy — 08 November 2021

General Surgery

ST3 General Surgery Interview Preparation and Essential Reading

The key to success in the General Surgery interview is preparation. Candidates will have a much greater chance of success if they start preparing early and wisely. This requires planning and a combination of solo reading with group practice.

By Medibuddy — 04 November 2021

Radiology Interview

General Surgery

General Surgery ST3 Interview Format

What is the interview actually like? There are many stories and myths about what goes on, but in this post, we hope to demystify the intricacies of the interview format. The take home message is that time is tight, and you need to approach each station with a strategy.

By Medibuddy — 04 November 2021

Obs and Gynae Interview Tips

Obs and Gynae

Obs and Gynae ST1 Interview Tips

Congratulations on applying to be an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trainee! We’ve written this post in combination with our ST1 Interview Question Bank to help you start preparing for interview. Obstetrics and Gynaecology ST1 Interview Top Tips You have already done the hard step, making a decision about your specialty. As you are aware, some of you may […]

By Medibuddy — 01 November 2021

MSRA

MSRA Question Bank

If you’re required to undertake the Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) as part of your Specialty Training (ST) application, no doubt you’ll be considering MSRA question banks and how they can support your exam preparations. This guide will provide advice on what to look for to ensure you’re accessing the best MSRA question bank, and how […]

By Medibuddy — 22 September 2021

MSRA

MSRA Practice Questions

The Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is used as part of the Specialty Training (ST) recruitment process by a wide range of specialities. To support your MSRA preparation, this guide provides information on the structure of the exam and how to prepare, as well as example MSRA practice questions. For more details relating to the specialties […]

By Medibuddy — 15 September 2021

MSRA

MSRA Exam Revision

If you’re applying for a Specialty Training (ST) post, you may need to undertake the Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) as part of the recruitment process. Our MSRA exam revision guide will provide you with advice and tips on preparing effectively, as well as information about the ‘exam difficulty’ and ‘what is a good score?’. For […]

By Medibuddy — 07 September 2021

IMT portfolio

Core Medical

The Internal Medicine Training (IMT) portfolio: 2022 guide

In 2020/21, IMT recruitment moved to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meant that the actual need to prepare a physical copy of the ‘dreaded’ internal medicine training portfolio was gone. However, with interviews cancelled, candidates were required to submit their evidence virtually for assessment by an examiner and thus preparing your […]

By Medibuddy — 02 September 2021

CMT Interview Portfolio

Core Medical

How to maximise points in the 2022 Internal Medicine Training (IMT) application

There are a total of 58 points on offer in your internal medicine training application. With only a few points between candidates, an extra point can make a significant difference to the outcome of your interview. Due to the switch to virtual IMT interviews last year, candidates were not required to submit hard copies of […]

By Medibuddy — 02 September 2021

Core Surgical

How to Prepare for the 2022 Core Surgical Training Interview

Doing well in the core surgical training interview is very achievable, provided you put in sufficient preparation and practice. Starting earlier gives more opportunity to get the points on the portfolio station, leaving plenty of time to practice clinical and leadership scenarios. The template below is a basic outline of targets to set yourself when […]

By Medibuddy — 26 August 2021

Core Surgical

How to Maximise Points in the 2022 Core Surgical Training Interview Portfolio

Core Surgical Training (CST) interviews are usually held between January and March. Whether you are a foundation year doctor, medical student or taking a year out of training, if you are serious about applying for surgical training, it is important to review the portfolio points early to put yourself in the strongest position, within your […]

By Medibuddy — 26 August 2021

MRCS

4 Most Common Mistakes Made by MRCS Candidates

If you’re planning to undertake the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) exam, and are concerned about the relatively low pass rate (for Part A in particular), the following will help you to avoid common mistakes made when taking the MRCS and ensure that your exam preparations are as effective as possible. You’ll […]

By Medibuddy — 30 July 2021

MRCS

MRCS for Overseas Doctors

If you gained your primary medical qualification outside of the UK and are considering completing the MRCS examination, our MRCS guide for overseas doctors will provide you with all the information you need; including guidance on the online application process, registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) following the exam and even comparison with PLAB […]

By Medibuddy — 23 July 2021

MRCS

MRCS Part A Complete Guide

The Membership Examination of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (MRCS) assesses whether surgical trainees have the knowledge, skills, clinical competence and experience expected at the end of their core surgical training. The exam consists of two parts: a written paper (Part A) and an Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) (Part B). This MRCS Part A […]

By Medibuddy — 15 July 2021

PLAB

PLAB Pathway / Route

If you’re planning to undertake the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test, our PLAB pathway / route guide will provide you with key information about the process, from preparing and submitting your application through to receiving your exam results and what happens next. The PLAB is designed to assess that doctors who qualified outside […]

By Medibuddy — 23 June 2021

MSRA

MSRA: Complete Guide 2021

Over half of all junior doctors applying for Specialty Training posts each year will need to undertake The Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA); our complete guide will provide you with information for the MSRA 2021. Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment / MSRA Exam The MSRA is a computer-based exam which is designed to assess essential competencies. It is […]

By Medibuddy — 03 May 2021

PLAB

PLAB After Brexit

The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test assesses the knowledge and skills of doctors who qualified outside of the UK, as part of the General Medical Council’s (GMC’s) registration process. All doctors practising medicine in the UK must be registered with the GMC. Following the end of the Brexit transition period, you may be […]

By Medibuddy — 18 March 2021

PLAB

PLAB Guide 2021

If you’re planning to register to practise medicine in the UK and are required to carry out the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test, our comprehensive PLAB guide will provide you with key information about the exam, including what to expect, key dates and how to prepare. All doctors who practise medicine in the […]

By Medibuddy — 08 March 2021

GP Training Applications

General Practice

How to prepare for the 2021 GP Applications

The first round of General Practice (GP) applications for 2021 have opened and it’s important to remember that succeeding in your application for UK GP training requires preparation and practice. Don’t underestimate how important this application is for your future as a GP trainee. Your score not only determines whether you get into GP training, […]

By Medibuddy — 06 November 2020

GP Recruitment

General Practice

A Guide to GP Recruitment 2021

GP recruitment in the UK is a competitive process. The UK GP Specialty Training scheme is one of the best in the world and because of this it can be difficult to get a job in your preferred location! The GP recruitment process ranks all applicants in one cohort and your ranking determines your region […]

By Medibuddy — 01 November 2020

Haematology ST3 Interview

Haematology

Haematology ST3 Interview Format: How to Prepare and What to Expect

The Haematology ST3 interview can be a daunting prospect. It is a speciality with evolving therapies, clinical trials and a wide field of both malignant and non-malignant pathologies. The aim of this blog post is to give you a general outline of how the interview is formatted and some hints and tips to help along […]

By Medibuddy — 30 September 2018

CMT Jobs

Core Medical

Thinking about Core Medical Jobs

It’s time to start thinking about jobs! Right now everyone is just about settling into their new job. However, rotations go so quickly that even though you’re only one month in, it’s time to start thinking about the next one! This is the first year that candidates who were previously applying for core medical training […]

By Medibuddy — 29 September 2018

Neurology ST3 Interview Format

Neurology

Neurology ST3 Interview Format

The ST3 Neurology Interview is currently an OSCE style, station-based interview consisting of three stations. Each station has predefined topics (see below) on which you will be assessed. Ten minutes is allocated to each station, with a rest station of five minutes in between. Several candidates will be interviewed on a carousel basis however only […]

By Medibuddy — 15 August 2018

Neurology ST3 Interview Application

Neurology

Neurology ST3 Interview Application and Offers

Applications for the neurology ST3 interviews are currently run alongside other medical specialties and are directed by the RCP London. The ST3 recruitment website will have up to date information regarding the timeline for interviews and offers for each of the specialties. You can prepare for interview using our Neurology ST3 Interview Question Bank. Because applicants […]

By Medibuddy — 15 August 2018

Neurology ST3 Interview Preparation

Neurology

Neurology ST3 Interview Preparation and Essential Reading

It’s important to start preparing for you Neurology ST3 Interview early. There are certain parts of the interview which candidates may do well in if they are well read in the specialty. Some suggestions are below. You may also find our Neurology ST3 Interview Question Bank helpful. Visit the ABN Website. Join the society The […]

By Medibuddy — 15 August 2018

Emergency Medicine ACCS Interview Overview

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine ACCS Interview Format

This is an overview of the Emergency Medicine ACCS Interview that we’ve written in combination with our Emergency Medicine ACCS Interview Question Bank. We hope you find it useful! The panel at your Emergency Medicine ACCS interview are not trying to catch you out. They want you to succeed because they want to add enthusiastic, well-rounded professionals […]

By Medibuddy — 08 August 2018

Obs and Gynae ST1 Day in the Life

Obs and Gynae

Obs and Gynae ST1: A day in the Life of a Trainee and the Training Pathway

If you are considering applying for the Obs and Gynae ST1 interview or have already applied, it’s useful to know what your life will be like if you actually get the job! Here is a flavour of what is it like to be an SHO (ST1-ST2)…. Example Working Week: ST1 Lets have a look at […]

By Medibuddy — 08 August 2018

GP Stage 3 Scenarios

General Practice

GP Stage 3 Interview Simulated Clinical Scenario Preparation

The Simulated Clinical Scenario section of the GP Stage 3 interview comprises of three, ten-minute stations examined in isolation, with a short rest break between each. It can be the most daunting aspect of the GP recruitment process! Present in each station is one trained actor who is taking on the role of either the […]

By Medibuddy — 08 August 2018

GPST Stage 3 Tips

General Practice

GP Stage 3 Selection Centre Tips For Success

If you’re already considering how you can excel at the GP Stage 3 Selection Centre then you are well ahead of the curve in your preparations for the GP application process! For some it may not be necessary to undertake a face-to-face assessment having achieved the magical score of 575 in the MSRA, however, don’t […]

By Medibuddy — 03 August 2018

Core Medical

ST3 job offers – what went wrong?

What a mess! Many of you will be aware of the trauma and anguish many medics recently went through after applying for their ST3 jobs.  For those that don’t here is a brief run down: By the 26th of April the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Oriel had sent out jobs offers to all […]

By Medibuddy — 20 June 2018

Radiology

Radiology ST1 Interview Preparation

We've written a guide on the best way to prepare for your application to ST1 radiology. The overall radiology application can be divided into the Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA), and the interview itself. This post will focus on preparation for the interview.

By Medibuddy — 27 November 2017

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