17th June 2016

Top Tips for Your Specialty Training Application

After the successful completion of Foundation Year programme, you are then able to go on training in a chosen specialty. Applying for specialty training is highly competitive and need to have some significant amount of planning and research.  There are several components in specialty training process specifically to gather evidence for application form and portfolio for interview which is the most time consuming part for doctors.

Here are some useful tips to win points on your specialty training application.

  • Establish your goal

At first, decide what you want. It can be difficult, if you haven’t experienced yet. You can speak to your supervisors and colleagues and try to reflect what experiences might help you to decide. You can arrange taster sessions, courses or speak to doctors in different specialties. Do not worry unnecessarily about the competition ratios, just prepare early and in an organized way.

  • Organize your form

Read the applicant’s guide, person specification and eligibility criteria for your chosen specialty carefully.  Do your research from online resources such as the deanery, Royal College Website, National Recruitment Programme Websites etc. Speak to your peers, seniors and trainees who have applied before you. When your application form is out, you will have little time to apply. So, think in advance and prepare for your application earlier.

 Make all the list of your important dates and deadlines, and let your team know about the time for interviews, in order to prepare earlier about how you will answer questions. Try to submit the application form at least 24 hours before the deadline.

  • Prepare your Portfolio

When your application is in, start preparing your portfolio. You will probably be asked to provide number of documents with copies like passport, driving license, latest pay slip, evidence of foundation competencies, medical exam certificates, list of job details etc. when you are in interview. So, keep them together in a safe place and check it before the interview date. Also check that you have file something in each of the GMC’s 7 principles of Good Medical Practice.

Keep your CV up-to-date and make sure you have some evidence in portfolio which will show your commitment to the specialty you are applying for. Evidence like attending a relevant conference or course can be an easy way. You could add and remove content according to the interview that you are attending.  And also ensure that you have evidence for everything that you have listed on your C.V.

  • Gather supporting documents

Supporting documents are very crucial to the portfolio. Read the list of the interview document carefully and gather the supporting information needed. Make sure you’ve done some teaching and at least one presentation. If you have nothing in your teaching sector then you need to do some. Higher marks are awarded for leading your own teaching programme. Collect some written feedback on your teaching session which will prove your engagement.

  • Audits

Make sure you have done at least one audit. It is helpful to do in an area relevant to your chosen specialty. It is a way to add weight to your application form, which is not time consuming. Points can be granted for the fact you have presented it locally, nationally and internationally. If you can complete the audit cycle, or at least comment on plans to do so, it will be best for specialty application.  

  • Interview

Do your research in some of the typical questions asked in interview and practice answering questions with your friends. Be prepare on management of medical emergencies, hot topics in medical fields and clinical governance issues.

On the day of interview, arrive in time and dress smartly tidily as for your comfort. Send a thank-you note or letter after the interview. It will add a positive impression to your interviewer.

If you need any help with your specialty training application and medical recruitment in the UK feel free to contact us. We are medical recruitment company providing locum, temporary and permanent job in the UK.