Based on my recent experience (Rank 1 & 8 in 2018 NW academic and clinical rounds, respectively), here’s a synopsis of the salient features-
For eligibility and selection criteria, check out the detailed grid available as “person specification”.
For application dates, competition ratios, application scoring guidelines and other information, please see the following very important website.
* 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).
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)
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)
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 email@example.com and I would endeavor my best to help.
Dr. Sanjoy Chowdhury
ST3 trainee (Cardiology)