Candidates applying to the 2020 Trauma and Orthopaedic ST3 interviews will have to complete a set of self-assessment questions during their application. The answers you give to these questions are validated during the portfolio station on the interview day and make up a significant proportion of your overall interview score. You have to provide evidence to support your answers for each question and can get referred to a probity panel if caught trying to mislead interviewers with the evidence you have provided.

The questions, the different responses you can select and the evidence accepted for each question are shown below. These are taken from the Trauma & Orthopaedics ST3 National Recruitment 2020 Applicant Handbook. These change slightly every year so don’t rely on them being the same in future years.

 

Question 1
By the end of July 2020, or by completion of Core Training if this is later, how many months will you spent in total in any job in medicine post foundation programme? This includes clinical and non-jobs in any specialty.
Response N
0 to 27 months 1
28 to 39 months 2
40 to 51 months 3
52 to 63 months 4
64 months or more 5
The value attributed to this question ā€œNā€ will not contribute to the overall Self-Assessment score. The recruitment team will divide the final scores recorded for questions 5a, 5b, 6 and 7 by ā€œNā€.
Evidence:
  • Please provide evidence of completion of training posts.
  • For non-training posts please provide a copy of the front page of your contract of employment which includes dates.
Question 2
By the end of July 2020, or by completion of Core Training if this is later, how many months will you have spent in total in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in any post foundation job in any country? Please do not include any other posts.
Response Score
0 to 9 months 2
10 to 30 months 6
31 to 59 months 4
60 months or more 0
Evidence:
  • Please provide evidence of completion of training posts.
  • For non-training posts please provide a copy of the front page of your contract of employment which includes dates.
Question 3
By the end of July 2020, or completion of Core Training, will you have spent at least 4 months in Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, ENT Surgery, Cardiac/Thoracic surgery, A&E, ITU, Urology, OMFS or General Surgery posts since completing your Foundation Programme?
Response Score
I will not have spent 4 months in any of these specialties 0
I will have spent at least 4 months in a post in 1 of these specialties 1
I will have spent at least 4 months in posts in 2 or more of these specialties 2
Evidence:
  • Please provide evidence of completion of training posts.
  • For non-training posts please provide a copy of the front page of your contract of employment which includes dates.
  • If the front page of your contract does not include both start and finish dates other evidence will be required to confirm duration of post eg. Letter from HR/Head of Service/Supervising Consultant.
Question 4
At the time of application, how many wholly completed fixations for extracapsular fracture of neck of femur (sliding or dynamic hip screw, cephalomedullary nail) have you completed which have been done either STS or STU? These must be recorded in a validated logbook.
Response Score
0 to 4 0
5 to 11 2
12 or more 4
Evidence:
  • You must provide full logbook evidence. Consolidation sheets from a validated logbook are acceptable.
Question 5a
At the time of application, how many 1st author publications have you had published in any PubMed indexed journals? Do not include published abstracts, case reports, letters or technical tips.
Response Score
Numerical count of first author papers with PMID (PubMed identifier) 2 per paper
Evidence:
  • Please provide a PMID (PubMed identifier) for each paper.
Question 5b
At the time of application, how many other publications have you had published in any PubMed indexed journals? Do not include published abstracts, case reports, letters or technical tips.
Response Score
Numerical count of other papers with PMID (PubMed identifier) 1 per paper
Evidence:
  • Please provide a PMID (PubMed identifier) for each paper.
Question 6
At the time of application and since graduation as a doctor, how many national and international presentations have been given of work in which you are a listed author? Do not include poster presentations.
Response Score
Numerical count of presentations 1 per paper
Evidence:
  • Please provide a copy of the relevant page of the meeting programme(s).
Question 7
At the time of application how many audits against a published standard or quality improvement projects have you undertaken which have resulted in presentation of the results?
Response Score
Numerical count of audits 1 per audit/QIP
Evidence:
  • Please provide a summary of the audit or quality improvement project and evidence of presentation.
  • If you have been involved in a closed loop audit and can demonstrate active involvement, each cycle would count. For example, 2 cycles counts as 2 audits.
Question 8
At the time of application, have you completed and been awarded a stand-alone UK higher degree or equivalent (see evidence below) examined by thesis/dissertation? (NB: This does not include intercalated degrees.)
Response Score
No 0
Masters (eg. MSc, MMedEd, MS, MCh(Orth), ChM) 1
PhD, MD 2
Evidence:
  • Please provide your degree certificate.
  • If your degree was taken outside the UK, you must also provide evidence of its equivalence (e.g. a letter from the institution confirming that it was awarded following production of a research-based thesis and full examination together with a copy of your results transcript).
  • We are aware of organisations such as UK NARIC however the Selection Design Group Station Leads will be the final arbitrators.
Question 9
Please select one statement that best describes your involvement in leadership or management.
Response Score
I have provided evidence in my portfolio of a formal leadership or management role within or outside of medicine since my primary medical qualification. 2
I have had no involvement in leadership or management 0
Evidence:
  • Please supply evidence to support your response.
Question 10a
I have a formal qualification in teaching (PG cert or equivalent).
Response Score
True 1
False 0
Evidence:
  • Please supply evidence to support your response.
Question 10b
I am regularly engaged in formal teaching and will provide evidence in my portfolio.
Response Score
True 1
False 0
Evidence:
  • Please supply evidence to support your response.
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