Category: Career

Preparing for the Situational Judgement Test

Preparing for the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) exam can be quite daunting. It makes up 50% of your Foundation Programme application and thus has the largest weight of any one exam on your ranking. People will tell you that you can’t prepare for it or preparing will make you do worse. Some will advise their

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Applying to Paediatrics

On the one hand, you wear a Disney lanyard, with a pocket stuffed with stickers, on the other, you are dealing with what is internationally referred to as the most precious of lives. Child medicine requires the silly and light-heartedness in parallel with the calm and intense – if that appeals to you, you’re already

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Applying to Core Surgical Training (CST)

Surgical training has a variety of work to get involved in as well as having many sub-specialties within it. The field is constantly advancing with the use of robotic surgery etc. and is certainly a specialty that those who like visual elements to their work, will enjoy. In this article, we discuss surgical training including

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Applying to Radiology

Radiology is a very exciting and innovative field of medicine. Radiologists have such an important role in the investigation of a patient’s condition and the field is becoming increasingly popular. In this article, we discuss what is great about radiology, how you can apply and how to put in a competitive application. Why Radiology? Now

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Applying to Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation medicine is a holistic specialty in which you spend a great deal of time with patients. There are many aspects of care that rehabilitation medicine provides and these doctors are involved at every step of a patient’s journey from being in hospital to out in the community. What is Rehabilitation Medicine?  Rehabilitation medicine is

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Applying to Anaesthetics

Anaesthetics is a very hands-on specialty. Day-to-day work will have a mix of practical procedures and other clinical work such as pre-operative assessment. You will have a lot of supervision and one-on-one teaching as an anaesthetics trainee. In this article, we discuss what the specialty offers and the application process. Why do Anaesthetics? Daily 1-on-1

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Applying to General Practice

GP training is one of the most popular pathways. In this article, we discuss how to build your portfolio, the different roles a GP can have & we detail the application process. GP training is currently a 3 year training programme but can be 4 years if you take on an academic post. This is

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Choosing your Future Career

What does your future hold? Have you thought of a specialty that you want to pursue? This article discusses the different factors that you may want to consider and will hopefully help you to think about what route you would like to take in your career. Your dream job and career values Choosing your future

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Applying to Obstetrics and Gynaecology

In this article, we discuss why you should apply to O&G training, how to build your portfolio & we detail the application process. O&G is a 7 year run-through programme, incorporating a core curriculum with ultrasound training & there are plenty of opportunities to subspecialise.

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Applying to Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology provides a great deal of variety by combining medicine, surgery & A&E. It is predominantly an outpatient specialty with plenty of opportunities to subspecialise. Competition for posts, however, can be quite fierce and hence a strong portfolio may be necessary to secure your place. Why Ophthalmology? Ophthalmology involves intricate microsurgery that can often provide

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