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:
|Applications Open||18th November 2021, 10am|
|Application Deadline||9th December 2021, 4pm|
|Interviews||Probably March 2022|
|Initial Offers Released by||21st April 2022, 5pm|
|Holding Deadline||3rd May 2022, 1pm|
|4th May 2022, 1pm|
|NB All dates and times are indicative and subject to change.|
Due to the complexities of administering interviews online applicants will not rotate around different stations as they have done in previous years. Instead, the interview will broken down into 2 main questions, both of which will also assess communication skills. These include an outpatient scenario and an inpatient scenario. Stations are generally very fair, and the same questions often come up time and time again. The more you practice, the more likely you are to secure your top choice ST3 job. In addition to this blog post, to help you prepare we have compiled over 200 past questions and model answers.
Your portfolio will have already been assessed prior to your interview. Once you have completed your application via oriel you will be asked to upload evidence and so it is vital that you have all your evidence prior to starting your application. Start early. Send e-mails, make phone calls and get every piece of evidence you need. The more the merrier. If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail! Portfolio marks are your guaranteed marks. Ensure you have gone through the portfolio checklist which is available on our webpage and ensure you can tick every box possible. 1 mark could be the difference between a job and having to reapply the following year. Complete your audits, attended courses, participate in teaching and get your PBA’s signed off- it’s never too late. These are the bits that almost every ST3 applicant has. Examiners are defiantly fair and, in my experience, they will try to give you points where you have shown adequate evidence, they want you to do well.
2. Emergency and Outpatient Station
Two assessors will independently score you on this. This will mean that your 30 minute station will most likely be split in half with one emergency and one outpatient scenario. Seeking information, prioritisation, team involvement, and leadership are vital parts which should be incorporated in your clinical assessment and management plan. Some questions will not have a strict correct answer but as long as you can provide a thought process and sensible plan you can score maximum points.
The outpatient scenarios are probably the easiest to prepare for. Learn each scenario, knowing exactly what you will ask in your history, how you will examine and how you will investigate. But don’t be caught out! I say this because its not uncommon to have to discuss stone treatment when given a scenario relating to recurrent UTI’s for example. We have a detailed question bank which will ensure you are adequately prepared and help you think outside the box.
Communication skills will be assessed throughout the station, but each scenario will most likely have a spin off communication scenario. For example, one could have an angry parent following orchidectomy for a dead testicle. We have given a similar format on our question bank which will adequately prepare you.
Overall, the key to success at the urology interview is to prepare for each station individually and to have a good understanding of what happens on the day. If you have any questions about the interview process. please get in touch. Good luck!