1st Edition

Secrets of Success: Getting into Specialty Training

By Manoj Ramachandran Copyright 2010
    272 Pages
    by CRC Press

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    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.

    Applying for specialty training: Introduction to specialty training. Specialty training across the specialties. The application process and scoring. Dissecting the application process. How to get THAT job: an insider’s guide.
    Completing the application form
    : Academic achievements. Teaching and learning. Audit and research. Clinical governance. Professional integrity. The patient as the central focus of care. Teamwork and leadership skills. Clinical prioritization and time management. Coping under pressure.
    Specialty training interviews: Preparing a portfolio. Getting ready for the interview. Generic interview questions.
    Specialty-specific questions: Core medical training. Core surgical training. Acute care common stem. Paediatrics. Obstetrics and gynaecology. Radiology. Psychiatry. Infectious diseases and medical microbiology/virology. Histopathology. Public health. Academic appointments.
    The good, the bad and the emergency exits
    : Successful entry into specialty training: next steps. Failure to gain entry into specialty training: what next? Index


    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