ST3 Othopaedics

ST3 Trauma and Orthopaedic Specialty Training Application Overview 2024

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Applications for ST3 Orthopaedics 2024 go live in November.

Applications open on 16th November and close 7th December. Applications are processed through the
Oriel online application system and you can register with Oriel before the applications open.

2024 interviews interviews will be held 18th-21st March 2024 and will consist of a 60-minute interview split into multiple sections or stations.

The application focuses on the essential criteria for Orthopaedic ST3 as outlined in the
Person Specification.

It is important to be aware of the specific wording of the eligibility requirements and make sure you have attained the required examinations and courses by the set deadlines.

ST3 Orthopaedics Application Timeline

  • Application 16th Nov - 7th Dec

    Application Window

    Applications open at 10am on the 16th November and the closing date is 4pm on the 7th December. Applicants submit one application electronically for all vacancies via the Oriel recruitment portal.

    The application focuses on the essential criteria for ST3 Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery as outlined in the ST3 Trauma and Orthopaedic Person Specification.

    online application is a combination of bullet form and prose text answers. The self-assessment is the most important section, further information can be found here.

  • Interviews 18-23rd March

    The Interviews

    All interviews will be held Online 18th-23rd March. Each applicant will have a maximum of one interview held online via MS Teams.

  • Offers 18th April

    Offers Made

    Offers will be made from completion of interviews up to 5pm 18th April. Applicants will have 48 hours from when the offer was made, including weekends and bank holidays, to respond. After the 48 hour period expires, any declined and expired offers will be released to the next eligible applicants. Offers may be accepted, rejected or held. Offers can be held till the 23rd April and applicants with accepted or held offers are eligible for upgrade until the 24th April.

Oriel Application System

All applications for speciality training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery must be submitted through the online application forms via the ORIEL recruitment website. Forms will not be accepted by post, e-mail or any other medium. This was designed for candidates to manage their application through a single portal and incorporates the following:

• An initial registration process, meaning applicants only need one log in for the entire recruitment year.

• After registering, each applicant will have their own profile, it is through this that an applicant will complete the trauma and orthopaedic application form and be informed if they are invited to interview or offered a training post.

• Booking interviews and assessment centres are managed through the portal.

• All available vacancies for speciality training are listed on the website

Eligibility Requirements

Career Progression
Applicants must hold a primary medical degree.
Applicants must have completed Core Training, at least 24-months of surgery including 10-months of T&O surgery
by time of appointment


Applicants must have successfully completed MRCS by the time of interview.
If you have not successfully completed MRCS at the time of application, but are expecting results of a recent examination by the interview date you are eligible to apply.
If you are sitting the MRCS Part B prior to ST3 orthopaedic interviewers we recommend using
MRCS Part B Questions to practise cadaveric anatomy and MRCS Part B OSCE questions to maximise your chances of passing.

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed the following courses by the time of interview:

  • Essential: ATLS or equivalent
  • Desirable: CRiSP or equivalent
  • Desirable: A Basic Surgical Skills Course
  • Desirable: Fracture Fixation Course

Deaneries and Competition Ratios

Jobs Available

Each year there are around 100 available jobs know as national training numbers (NTN). In 2014 -15 there was an increase in the number of jobs available from 100 to 190 due to a perceived increase in demand for orthopaedic surgeons led by the Department of Health. In 2016 there were no jobs offered in London.

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