Candidates applying to the 2021 Trauma and Orthopaedic ST3 interviews will have to complete a set of self-assessment questions during their application. Candidates that are longlisted will have to upload evidence to support their answers to these questions which will be validated online prior to the interview. This makes up a significant proportion of your overall interview score. Be warned, you can get referred to a probity panel if you try to be misleading with the evidence you have provided.

The 2021 Self-Assessment Questions and their weighting are available via the links below as well as the 2021 Applicant Handbook. The Self-Assessment Questions change slightly every year so don’t rely on them being the same in future years.

The key differences to the Self-Assessment scoring for 2021 compared to the previous year are as follows:

  • The “N=” date ranges have increased (Question 1) –  you can now have up to 39 months in any medicine job post foundation programme before you are expected to have produced more publications, presentations and audits. This basically means that those that have taken time out of training will be penalized less.  This question has the potential to affect your score the greatest.
  • More points are on offer length of time spent in T&O (8 points as opposed to 6) and the date range has increased to 10-42 months
  • Paediatric surgery has been added as a complementary specialty
  • Presentations at “virtually delivered established courses” are now accepted – there will also be consideration given to work that was due to be presented at a conference that was cancelled due to COVID-19
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