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Secrets of Success: Getting into Specialty Training

1st Edition

By Manoj Ramachandran

CRC Press

272 pages

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Paperback: 9781853158933
pub: 2009-12-04
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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.


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

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

About the Author

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Administration