Prior to 2020, the Trauma & Orthopaedic ST3 interviews were held at Leeds United football stadium where upwards of 300 people were interviewed over a week in March or April. National selection did not involve any interview in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and applicants were allocated jobs purely based on their unvalidated self-assessment responses. As of 2021 the interviews will be held online using the Microsoft Teams platform.

The interview will be 30 minutes long and made up of 3 x 10 minute sections.

The three sections of the 2021 Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Registrar interviews are as follows:

Portfolio station

  • This section will focus on your career and experience to date
  • It is unclear yet whether this will involve specific questions about the evidence you have provided to validate your self-assessment questions


  • This section will test your clinical knowledge and clinical anatomy
  • You will be given one or more scenarios and asked questions about the assessment, investigation and management of the case in question

Handover and prioritisation¬†–

  • This section involves a handover and list planning exercise – this typically simulates an evening handover where you roleplay as the incoming night registrar with several patients from the day on call that need review and organising for the following days trauma list

For more information about each station and how to maximise your score as well as example interview questions sign up to our question bank.

Please note: the information above is based on the T&O ST3 Applicant’s Handbook and our experience of previous year’s selection rounds but is all subject to change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions.¬†

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