BMA - FY2 Applications Interviews

Report
Applications for Specialty
Training
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JOB TITLE
Plan
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Self Assessment and exploring options
Timetables for recruitment
Person specifications
Competencies and Scoring system
Portfolios and evidence
Help available
Action-planning
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Done Sci-59 quiz
Decided 1st choice (2nd, 3rd etc) specialty
Had experience in that specialty (rotation, taster)
Looked at a Person Specification for specialty
Talked to FY2/ST doctors in that specialty
Understood route (broadbased, core, run-through)
Written competency examples
Started working on Portfolio / CV
Looked at guidance on application forms and
interviews
 Demonstrated commitment to specialty
Recruitment Deadlines
Activity
Applications accepted:
Date
10am 12th November – 1pm 5th
December 2013
Shortlisting complete and candidates
informed by
Wed 18 Jan
Interviews:
20th January to 14th February 2014.
All initial offers
5th March 2014
Holding deadline:
12th March 2014
Dates for 2014 Entry from North Western Deanery website
Published August 2013
Recruitment Deadlines (GP)
Activity:
Stage 1: Submission of Application
form and Foundation competency
evidence
Stage 2: Computer Based Test
Academic interviews (for Academic
GP programme)
Stage 3 : Assessment Centre
Offers out
Offers accepted by
Dates
10.00am Tuesday 12th November 2013 to
17:00 on Thursday 5th December 2013
Saturday 4th January up to and including
Saturday 11th January 2014
To be confirmed – possibly w/c 27th
January 2014
3rd February - 14th February 2014
Places must be booked by 30 Jan
By 5th March - offers may be released
early if the deaneries are able to do so.
Within 48 hours of offer
Dates for 2013 Entry from gprecruitment.org.uk
@gprecruitment
Time Management
September: decide on specialty/ies, decide on route,
demonstrate commitment to specialty (research,
teaching, conferences etc), gather evidence,
October: confirm with supervisor/ST that they will
check application, start thinking about examples/
reflections, check new person specifications
November: application form available
December: application deadline, submit, start
preparing for interviews
January: prepare for interviews/assessment
centre, complete portfolio
Person Specifications
Link to CMT CT1 person specification
Activity:
How many of the competencies on the
Person Specification could you provide
evidence for at the moment?
Are there any you’re worried about?
Academic/ Research
• Core Psych scoring for Teaching and Audit on
sheet. Similar ones available for Publications
and Presentations.
• Similar scoring used for CMT, CST, ACCS, GP
and Run-through.
• Check the criteria carefull and make sure you
get the maximum number of points you’re
entitled to by detailing and evidencing
everything.
• Eg. Note that one full audit cycle is worth more
than several where you didn’t complete the full
Personal Skills / Competencies
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Communication Skills
Problem Solving & Decision Making
Managing Others & Team Involvement
Empathy & Sensitivity
Organisation & Planning
Vigilance & Situational Awareness
Coping with Pressure and managing
uncertainty
STAR
• Situation– where and when did this
happen?
• Task– what were you trying to achieve?
• Action – what was the outcome of your
actions? (This should be the bulk of your
answer)
• Result – what happened? What did you
learn from this situation?
Also CARE or BARE (circumstances / background,
action, result, evaluation).
Examples
Which of the two examples is the best?
Why is it better?
“I know I’m a good doctor, so I thought
I’d just go in there, be myself and wing
it. It was really hard!”
What happens at a Specialty
Training interview?
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Competency based interview
Portfolio-based interview
Simulated patient scenario
Patient consultation
Written test or exam
What happens at a GP
Assessment Centre?
• Written exercise (situation judgment)
• Three role plays:
– A consultation with a patient
– A consultation with a patient’s relative or carer
– A consultation with a colleague
What are they looking for?
What are they looking for?
• Clinical competences
• Evidence of involvement and achievement
in Research, Teaching and Audit
• Personal Skills
• Professionalism and probity
• Commitment to Specialty
All visible on the Person Specification
Who are you? Why are you
here?
Many interviews start with some variation on
this question:
• So why have you applied for this job?
• Can you tell us a bit about why you’re here
today?
• Tell us about your current job.
• Opportunity to introduce yourself
• Demonstrate your motivation
• Highlight the key skills and experience
which make you right for this job
Practice!
Types of questions
• Your knowledge and understanding of
clinical and procedural processes
• Your thinking in a particular scenario
• Your skills, demonstrated by past
behaviour and achievements
• Your commitment and motivation
Personal skills and
competencies
• Situation– where and when did this
happen?
• Task– what were you trying to achieve?
• Action – what was the outcome of your
actions? (This should be the bulk of your
answer)
• Result – what happened? What did you
learn from this situation?
Also CARE or BARE (circumstances / background,
action, result, evaluation).
Commitment to specialty
• Qualifications and courses
• Evidence of seeking out extra opportunities to
learn or observe
• Attendance / presentations / posters at
conferences
• Research
• Teaching opportunities
Practice talking about your achievements – make
sure your role and the outcomes are crystal
clear!
CV and Portfolio
• Portfolio is taken along to Specialty Training
interviews.
• Typically a lever-arch file, plastic folders,
dividers.
• Use a CV as a “contents page” – summarise
activities and achievements, and provide the
evidence.
• Use summary pages to explain your role in any
achievement, then provide certificates as
evidence.
• Make sure you know it inside-out and upside-
Practice!
In groups of two or three, practise answering
the questions on the sheet.
If you’re listening to the responses, ask
yourself what you have learned about this
doctor.
The more seriously you take this, the more
useful it is!
Body language
• Smile, make good eye contact – be
prepared to shake hands if someone
offers!
• Stay relaxed, especially if you’re pausing
to think
• Roleplays – body language is very
important in demonstrating that you’re
listening to a patient or when setting
boundaries.
Knowing your field
• Know what’s going on!
• Changes in your field – new technology,
new approaches, changes in emphasis,
changes in protocols
• Changes in the medical professions –
appraisals, revalidation
• Changes in the NHS and healthcare more
widely – commissioning, contracts
Your questions
Remember, this is your opportunity to find out
whether you really want this job, and to show
how much you want it!
• Will there be opportunities for me to...?
• How is [...] organised?
• Does this practice have any plans yet for how
you’re going to manage [...]?
“I had questions about [...], but I think you’ve
answered everything in the interview!”
General advice
• Understand the interview process fully –
talk to CT/ST1s, read books, read all the
information
• Know your portfolio inside out
• Arrive 20-30 minutes early
• Make sure you have a charged phone and
contact details for the reception /
organisers
• If something goes wrong, let them know
Useful Resources
Sci-59 — sci59.open.ac.uk/sci59public/index.php
GP Recruitment — www.gprecruitment.org.uk
CMT recruitment — www.ct1recruitment.org.uk
CST recruitment —
www.surgeryrecruitment.nhs.uk
Scoring Guidelines for CST— tinyurl.com/nn82zu8
CPT recruitment — tinyurl.com/q8vupox
Scoring guidelines for CPT — tinyurl.com/nsz4nj5
BMA eLearning Modules —
learning.bmj.com/learning/home.html
BMA Careers - F2 support
• BMA Careers e-learning modules
– How to be successful with your application for
specialty training
– Maximising your e-portfolio
– Adding value to your CV
• Discounts on Workshops
– Interview skills for junior doctors
• Webinars
– Preparing for your specialty application
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Action planning!
Write down 2 – 3 things you’re going to do in
the next 6 weeks on a Post-It note.
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Done Sci-59 quiz
Decided 1st choice (2nd, 3rd etc) specialty
Had experience in that specialty (rotation, taster)
Looked at a Person Specification for specialty
Talked to FY2/ST doctors in that specialty
Understood route (broadbased, core, run-through)
Written competency examples
Started working on Portfolio / CV
Looked at guidance on application forms and
interviews
 Demonstrated commitment to specialty
 Accessed BMJ eLearning modules

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