How to obtain a cardiology specialty training number (ST3) in the UK

Based on my recent experience (Rank 1 & 8 in 2018 NW academic and clinical rounds, respectively), here’s a synopsis of the salient features-


1. Pre-application:

For eligibility and selection criteria, check out the detailed grid available as “person specification”.
https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/…/Cardiology/Cardiolog…

2. Application:

For application dates, competition ratios, application scoring guidelines and other information, please see the following very important website.
http://www.st3recruitment.org.uk/specialties/cardiology
* Please note that no second round recruitment was required for cardiology in past 5 years.

3. Interview (clinical):

Includes three stations (15 minutes each), two assessments (Q) in each station, each Q marked separately by 2 different interviewers (so 5 x 2 = 10 raw marks per Q), contributing to a total ‘raw score’ out of 60 (‘weighted’ to a score out of 80).

Station 1:

Starts with self-introduction, then –
Q1: Evidence / portfolio (Raw score out of 10 x 1.6 = weighted score out of 16)
Q2: Commitment to specialty (Raw score out of 10 x 1.2 = weighted score out of 12)

Station 2:

Q3: Major clinical scenario (Raw score out of 10 x 1.6 = weighted score out of 16)
Q4: Minor clinical scenario (Raw score out of 10 x 1.2 = weighted score out of 12)

Station 3:
Q5: Ethics (Raw score out of 10 x 1.6 = weighted score out of 16)
Q6: Professionalism & clinical governance & research (Raw score out of 10 x 0.8 = weighted score out of 08)

4. Rank and offers: 
Offers depend on final score calculated as below:
Final score (max 99.5) = Interview score (max 80) + [Oriel application score (max 78) x 0.25].

* Please note, candidates with any individual raw score of ‘1/5’ or more than two raw scores of ‘2/5’ are deemed as not appointable.

As you can see, 80% of the total score is from the interview itself. Therefore, a lot depends on how one performs on the interview day; which, in turn, depends on preparation.

If you have any queries, please email me at sanjoykchy@gmail.com and I would endeavor my best to help.

Bests.


Dr. Sanjoy Chowdhury
ST3 trainee (Cardiology)

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