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1st Edition

Secrets of Success: Getting into Specialty Training

ISBN 9781853158933
Published December 4, 2009 by CRC Press
272 Pages

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Book Description

Secrets of Success: Getting into Specialty Training is written for all junior doctors applying for specialty training (ST) posts and is intended to guide applicants through the various challenges of the application process. All major topics that may arise during the application process are covered, including academic achievements, teaching and learning, professional integrity, teamwork and leadership skills, clinical prioritization, and time management. There is a section on ST interviews, and  another on addressing specialty-specific questions with good and bad example answers. The book also provides a useful "what next" section, including invaluable advice on what to do if things don't go to plan.

Secrets of Success: Getting into Specialty Training is a practical handbook, presented in a clear and friendly style, with space for readers to write their own notes as they go along. This book is an essential guide for all junior doctors before and during the application and interview process, and will arm readers with the tools they need to help them successfully clear this important career hurdle.

Table of Contents

Applying for specialty training
Introduction to specialty training
Mark J Portou
Specialty training across the specialties
Philip J Smith, Manoj Ramachandran, and Marc A Gladman
The application process and scoring
Philip J Smith
Dissecting the application process
Philip J Smith, Manoj Ramachandran and Marc A Gladman
How to get THAT job: an insider’s guide
Marc A Gladman and Manoj Ramachandran

Completing the application form

Academic achievements
Luke Moore and Philip J Smith
Teaching and learning
Jasdeep Gill and Sukhjinder Nijjer
Audit and research
Elizabeth Owen and Marc A Gladman
Clinical governance
Mark Portou
Professional integrity
Kamaldeep Manak, Megan Crofts and Marc A Gladman
The patient as the central focus of care
Anna Barrow
Teamwork and leadership skills
Shalini Kawar and Anna Barrow
Clinical prioritization and time management
Beverley Almeida
Coping under pressure
Jasdeep Gill and Sukhjinder Nijjer

Specialty training interviews
Preparing a portfolio
Philip J Smith
Getting ready for the interview
Manoj Ramachandran and Marc A Gladman
Generic interview questions
Philip J Smith, Elizabeth A Owen, Mark J Portou, Manoj Ramachandran and Marc A Gladman

Specialty-specific questions
Core medical training
Luke Moore and Philip J Smith
Core surgical training
Marc A Gladman
Acute care common stem
Luke Moore
Beverley Almeida and Elizabeth A Owen
Obstetrics and gynaecology
Rachel Nicholson
Shilpa Patel
David Middleton
Infectious diseases and medical microbiology/virology
Luke Moore
Jane Walker
Public health
Anne Swift
Academic appointments
Philip J Smith

The good, the bad and the emergency exits

Successful entry into specialty training: next steps
Beverley Almeida
Failure to gain entry into specialty training: what next?
Zohra Ali, Chris Godeseth and Philip J Smith

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Edited by
Philip J Smith BMedSci(Hons) BMBS MRCP(London)
ST4 in Academic Clinical Fellow in Gastroenterology, London Deanery, London, UK

Manoj Ramachandran BSc(Hons) MBBS(Hons) MRCS(Eng) FRSC(Tr&Orth)
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Barts and The London NHS Trust, London, UK; Honorary Senior Lecturer, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, London, UK

Marc A Gladman MBBS PhD MRCOG MRCS(Eng) FRCS(Gen Surg) UKCRC Clinical Lecturer in Surgery, Centre for Academic Surgery, Institute of Cell & Molecular Science, Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, London, UK

Associate Editor
Elizabeth A Owen MBBS BMedSci(Hons) MRCPCH
ST3 in Paediatrics, London Deanery, London, UK


Gives practical, clear, easy-to-read and step-by-step advice. Very well written and gives a comprehensive guide to the type of preparation necessary for success at interviews.

Ulster Med J 2010; 79(3): 152-153