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ST3 Orthopaedic Application Self-Assessment Questions

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Self Assessment questions appear on the application form along with possible responses to each question. Evidence to substantiate your responses must be easily identified in your portfolio.

Below you will find a break down of the questions asked and the marks available. Improving your CV throughout your medical school, foundation and core surgical training is the best way to ensure a high score. The highest scoring options are highlighted and it should be your goal to reach these by the time of application.

Specialty Experience

By the end of July 2021, or by completion of Core Training if this is later, how many months will you have spent in total in any job in medicine post foundation programme? This includes clinical and non-clinical jobs in any specialty.

  • 0 to 27 months
  • 28 to 39 months
  • 40 to 51 months
  • 51 to 63 months
  • 64 months or more

What Makes A Good Candidiate?

A number of BMJ careers articles have looked at the demographics of successful candidates over the years.

  • There is usually a broad age range among successful candidates (26-40 years); the mean age of those appointed to a NTN is 29 years. The average ratio of men to women in candidates appointed to an NTN is 4:1.
  • Most successful applicants have between 21 and 25 months experience of orthopaedics (excluding foundation training).
  • Around 25% of the candidates attending interview each year are currently core surgical trainees. However those in a CST post at the time of interview tend to do better than other applicants with between 50 and 70% successfully being offered NTNS.
  • Core surgical trainees from Severn, London and Oxford have the highest success rates (77-80%).
  • Candidate preference for regions is dependent on number of jobs available per region. Typically London, Severn and Oxford have the highest competition ratios.

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