Candidates applying for the Core Surgical Training 2024 round had to complete a set of self-assessment questions during their application. These assign points based on things such as surgical experience, project involvement and personal achievements. The full list and score weighting can be seen via the self assessment guidance document linked below.

Applicants will then have the opportunity to upload evidence to support their answers which will be validated by members of the interview panel prior to your interview date. Your scores for these make up 30% of your overall interview score. Details on what evidence is acceptable is included in the documents below. please note you get referred to a probity panel if you are suspected of trying to mislead the interviewers. Once validated, the 1,200 applicants with the highest MSRA scores  are invited to a virtual interview.

The 2024 Applicant Handbook, the Self-Assessment Question guidance and the 2024 CST Personal Specification are available via the links below. The Self-Assessment Questions and score weighting change slightly every year so don’t rely on them being the same in future years.

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