The Core Surgical Training interviews usually take place over a couple of weeks in late January and for the last few years have been held at Stewart House in central London.
Upwards of 1200 people are interviewed each year, and you will have the opportunity to pick which date and time slot you want on a first come first serve basis. The interview consists of 3 stations, each lasting 10 minutes with 3 minutes breaks in between, and they run in a similar format to OSCE examinations with two interviewers scoring you per station.
Candidates arrive on the day at your assigned time depending on when your interview is booked. There is then a wait of about an hour while your documents are checked and portfolios taken off to be looked through. You are then called into your groups and taken to different corridors of the building. You start sat outside of a room with station instructions on the door and then work your way round the circuit.
The core surgical interview stations are as follows:
|Panel A: Clinical Scenario Station||Panel B: Portfolio Station||Panel C: Management Station
General tips for the day:
- Give your self plenty of time to get to the selection center – plan your route, check for roadworks/closures, don’t turn up late and stressed
- Dress smart – suits and ties for men (avoid club ties/sports ties), trousers/long skirts and formal tops for women
- Make sure your portfolio is well presented and easy to navigate – no loose bits of paper
- Smile – you may not feel like it but it makes all the difference!
- Be courteous and polite to everyone – practice your smile and introduction with the other interview candidates whilst waiting for your slot
- Each station is a fresh start – whether the last station went amazingly or terribly, forget about it as soon as you leave the room and concentrate on the next station
Please note the exact format and set up of the interview changes every year. The information below is based on previous years’ experience.
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