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 most recent 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 Wednesday 23rd January 2019.
  • Candidates will be able to apply for General and Vascular Surgery through the Oriel website between Wednesday 30th January 2019 and Wednesday 20th February 2019.
  • The application form requires you to confirm all the required achievements specified in the application guidance e.g. completion of MRCS, registration with the GMC, right to work in the UK etc. You will then be longlisted for an interview if you meet these basic criteria (since there was no shortlisting process in 2017).
  • 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.
  • The application form also contains a ‘Supporting Information’ section where you are asked to list your evidence. These include:
    • Additional qualifications
    • Awards and prizes
    • Clinical knowledge and experience (CBD, CEX, reflective pieces and 360 assessments – total number and proportion validated by Consultants)
    • Technical knowledge and experience – you will need to write out your logbook in order of total number of each case, specifying how many of each procedure were STS/ST-US/P/T.
    • Procedure Based Assessments – you will need to write out the list of PBAs you have completed in General Surgery index procedures, including level of attainment and whether Consultant-validated or not.
    • Surgical Training Courses
    • Clinical Audits
    • Publications
    • National/International Presentations
    • Regional Presentations
    • Teaching (ward based, tutorial, lecture and course development – single episode, several episodes, regular commitment and evidence of feedback)
    • Teaching Courses
    • Leadership and Management Activities
    • Leadership and Management Courses
  • The 2019 interview dates are: 27-29th March and 1-2st April. You can prepare for your interview using our General Surgery ST3 Interview Question Bank.
  • A few weeks after the interview you will be asked to list your preferred jobs in order.
  • Initial offers will be released at the end of April.
  • 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 became available.
  • The deadline for holding offers will be 1pm, 1st May and upgrading will be 4pm, 3rd

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