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Title: How To Get Ahead Of The Pack! Short Listing Top Tips!


1
How To Get Ahead Of The Pack! Short Listing Top
Tips!
  • Dr Ausami Abbas
  • ST2
  • Southampton Scheme
  • Wessex School of Radiology

2
2010.. The Facts
  • 655 applications
  • 35 F2
  • 60 of All candidates interviewed
  • 89 offered 2 interviews
  • 181 ST1s appointed (27)
  • 50 of those appointed direct from Foundation
    program

3
Radiology is competitive
  • Run through training to CCT
  • Fewer ST1 posts (radiology and all specialties)
  • Specialty that is expanding
  • Applications from foundation and core training
  • Interview offers before other SpR/ST3 specialties
  • People who previously would have applied to Core
    surgical training are now applying to radiology

4
  • If successfully applying to radiology is
    competitive
  • .. Then you need to be competitive!!

5
Be Honest Which Group Do You Belong to?
  • Amazing
  • Average
  • Awful

Is it too late?
Can I Improve My chances?
Do I have time?
How can I do it?
6
Good News
  • Lots of easy points to gain
  • Need to be dedicated and organised
  • Need to be realistic with how you improve your
    application

7
Short listing Points!
  • Commitment to radiology
  • Understanding of career/training in radiology
  • Audit
  • Research
  • Publication
  • Presentation
  • Teaching
  • Courses
  • Skills
  • Exams
  • Career progression

8
Commitment to Radiology
  • Work shadow programme
  • Taster week
  • Attendence at Wessex radiology career day
  • Radiology themed audit
  • Elective in radiology
  • Radiology Bsc
  • Member of radiology societies (eg BIR, SRT)
  • Subscribe to a journal (eg BJR)
  • Attendence at radiology courses/meetings

9
Audit
  • Radiology themed
  • Evidence of completing audit cycle
  • Presenting audit findings at local, regional or
    national meetings.
  • Understand difference between audit research
  • Ask Current radiology trainees if there are any
    audits you can help with.

10
Publications
  • Doesnt have to be radiology themed
  • 1st Author (ideal)
  • Pubmed indexed journal
  • If you havent try
  • -asking seniors if you can help them
  • -Interesting cases
  • -Classic cases
  • -Audit results
  • This can take a longtime and be time consuming!

11
Presentations
  • Local / regional/ national /international
  • Posters or oral
  • Radiology meeting (ideal)
  • Interesting cases/ audit results
  • Ask seniors if you can help out with project
  • Ask Radiology trainees if you can help with a
    poster
  • Meetings
  • UKRC June
  • SRT July
  • Wessex BIR December 5th
  • National BIR December

12
Teaching
  • Evidence of delivering formal teaching
  • Regional vs local
  • Timetable
  • Feedback
  • Teaching the teachers course
  • Student tutor?
  • Radiology training day?

13
Courses
  • ATLS/ALS
  • Basic surgical skills
  • US course
  • X-ray courses
  • BIR training days

14
Skills
  • Evidence of hand eye coordination
  • - Chest drains
  • - Central lines
  • - Ascitic drains
  • - Lumbar puncture
  • Attendance/presenting at MDT
  • US experience

15
Exams Career progression
  • More is expected of Core then F2 applicants
  • Exams are more relevant to those at the end of
    Core training
  • Evidence of distinction or prizes
  • Evidence of achievement outside of medicine
  • Management experience

16
Dont Panic
  • Aim to get extra points
  • Work hard now
  • Focus on the achievable!
  • Commitment to radiology is KEY!!!
  • Have a back up plan

17
Finally..
  • Give yourself time to complete the form
  • Show it to trusted colleague
  • Get the grammar checked
  • There are lots of points available for the 150
    word question sections for the smart applicant
  • STAR technique
  • Situation and Task, A Action, R Reflection.

18
Questions?
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