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. Many candidates told us that it would have been very helpful to have a summary of the timeline and the type of evidence they needed to submit so that they could have prepared much earlier. Therefore, we have provided a clear summary of the application process below to help candidates prepare early. Pay particular attention to the ‘Supporting Information’ required on the Oriel application form.

  • The job advert will be released on Monday 23rd November 2020.
  • Candidates will be able to apply for General and Vascular Surgery through the Oriel website between Thursday 26th November 2020 and Thursday 17th December 2020. No applications will be accepted outside of this period.
  • You will be asked to select whether you are applying for General Surgery, Vascular Surgery or both. Your form will be checked against the person specification for these specialties.
  • You will be asked to provide three references, one of whom must be your current supervisor. These will only be used by the employing Trust after offers are made.

Longlisting

In order to meet the entry criteria to be considered for specialty training, the application form requires you to confirm the following achievements in line with the person specification:

    1. MBBS or equivalent.
    2. MRCS or equivalent.
    3. Complete employment history.
    4. Evidence of achievement of CT1 competences in surgery by time of application and CT2 competences in surgery by time of appointment.

Shortlisting

You will calculate a self-assessment score from your personal achievements and be required to submit evidence. 

The self-assessment questions are as follows:

1. By the end of July 2021, or by the completion of Core Training if this is later, how many months will you have spent in total in any job in medicine post foundation programme? This includes clinical and non-clinical jobs in any speciality.

  • Options (N = ): up to 27 (1), 39 (2), 51 (3), 63 (4), >64 (5) months. Q5a, 5b, 6 and 7 will be adjusted by dividing final scores by ‘N’. 
  • Evidence: Training post completion certificate or employment contracts.

2. By the end of July 2021, or by the completion of Core Training if this is later, how many months will you have spent in total in General Surgery and/or Vascular Surgery in any post-Foundation job in any country? Please do not include any other posts.

  • Options (Score = ): up to 9 (2), 16 (6), 20 (7), 30 (8), 59 (4), >60 (1) months.
  • Evidence: Training post completion certificate or employment contracts.

3. By the end of July 2021, or the completion of Core Training, will you have spent at least 4 months in T&O, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, ENT Surgery, Cardiac/Thoracic surgery, A&E, ITU, Urology or OMFS posts since completing your Foundation Programme?

  • Options (Score = ): 0 (0), >4 months in 1 speciality (1), >4 months in 2 specialties (2).
  • Evidence: Training post completion certificate or employment contracts.

4. At the time of application, how many appendicectomies (laparoscopic and/or open) have you completed which have been done either STS or STU or P? These must be recorded in a validated logbook.

  • Options (Score = ): <10 (1), <30 (2), <50 (3), <100 (4), >100 (1).
  • Evidence: Validated logbook with a log of index procedures (appendicectomies, inguinal hernias and cholecystectomies).

5a. At the time of application, how many 1st author publications have you had published in any PubMed indexed journals? Do not include published abstracts, case reports, letters or technical tips.

  • Score: 2 per first author paper.
  • Evidence: PubMed ID.

5b. At the time of application, how many other publications have you had published in any PubMed indexed journals? Do not include published abstracts, case reports, letters or technical tips.

  • Score: 1 per non-first author paper.
  • Evidence: PubMed ID.

6. At the time of application and since graduation as a doctor, how many national and international presentations have been given of work in which you are a listed author? Do not include poster presentations.

  • Score: 1 per presentation.
  • Evidence: Copy of relevant page of meeting programme.

7. At the time of application how many audits against a published standard or quality improvement projects have you undertaken which have resulted in a presentation of the results?

  • Score: 1 per CYCLE of audit/QIP (i.e. closed-loop audit with evidence of active involvement is 2 points).
  • Evidence: Copy of audit summary and evidence of presentation.

8. At the time of application, have you completed and been awarded a stand-alone UK higher degree or equivalent (see evidence below) examined by thesis/dissertation? (NB: This does not include intercalated degrees).

  • Options (Score = ): Masters (1), PhD/MD (2).
  • Evidence: Degree certificate.

9. Please select one statement that best describes your involvement in leadership or management.

  • Score: 2 points for evidence of ‘formal leadership or management role’ within or outside medicine since primary medical qualification.
  • Evidence: Evidence of ‘formal leadership or management role’.

10a. Do you have a formal teaching qualification (e.g. PGCert)?

  • Options (Score = ): Yes (1), No (0).
  • Evidence: Certificate.

10b. I am regularly engaged in formal teaching and will provide evidence in my portfolio.

  • Options (Score = ): Yes (1), No (0).
  • Evidence: Evidence of teaching (e.g. feedback forms).

You must ensure that evidence is provided for every self-assessment criteria. Where guidance on evidence is vague, consider requesting a letter confirming the evidence signed by a Consultant. The upload window for evidence is 11 – 25 January 2021. The evidence will be verified by independent assessors for a final ‘verified’ score. The verified score can be appealed if there is any disagreement.

This score will be used to shortlist for a remote interview, or be used as the sole method for ranking in the event of a Covid surge.

After shortlisting

  • If shortlisted, you will need to book an interview via Oriel. Slots are offered on a first come, first served basis and the date of interview offers is not confirmed – hence you should check your email daily for updates. 
  • The 2021 interview dates are: 29 March – 1 April 2021. You can prepare for your interview using our General Surgery ST3 Interview Question Bank.
  • After the interview you will be asked to list your preferred jobs in order between 26 March – 9 April 2021. 
  • Offers will be made based on your ranking at interview and your verified self-assessment scores. Initial offers will be released by 5pm on Wednesday 5 May 2021.
  • Applicants will have 48 hours to accept, reject or hold (i.e. if considering jobs in other specialties) one offer with the option of ‘Upgrading’ if a more preferred post becomes available.
  • The deadline for holding offers will be 1pm on 11 May 2021 and upgrading will be 4pm on 12 May 2021.

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