Core Medicine Application Overview

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Core Medicine Application Overview

Round 1

11th Nov-
3rd Dec

Application Window

Applications open at the beginning of November and close in December. Applications are processed through the Oriel online application system and you can register with Oriel before the applications open.

The application focuses on the essential criteria for Core Medicine CT1 as outlined in the
Person Specification.

It is important to be aware of the specific wording of the eligibility requirements and make sure you have attained the required competencies by the set deadlines.

Together with your personal and job details the most important part of the application is the Evidence section on which you will be scored.

18th Jan-
9th March

The Interviews

Interviews at held regionally in the deanery to which you apply. Each region has slightly different interview dates throughout the interview period so please check here for the latest information.


10th March

Offers Made

Offers will be made from completion of interviews up to 10th March. Applicants will have 48 hours from when the offer was made, including weekends and bank holidays, to respond.  After the 48 hour period expires, any declined and expired offers will be released to the next eligible applicants. Offers may be accepted, rejected or held. Offers can be held till the 17th March and applicants with accepted or held offers are eligible for upgrade until the 14th March.

Round 2

22nd March -
7th April

Application Window

Applications for round 2 open at the end of March and close in April. Applications are processed through the Oriel online application system and you can register with Oriel before the applications open.

The application focuses on the essential criteria for Core Medicine CT1 as outlined in the
Person Specification.

Together with your personal and job details the most important part of the application is the Evidence section on which you will be scored.
3rd May -
13th May

The Interviews

Interviews at held regionally in the deanery to which you apply. Each region has slightly different interview dates throughout the interview period so please check here for the latest information.

19th May

Offers Made

Offers will be made from completion of interviews up to 19th May. Applicants will have 48 hours from when the offer was made, including weekends and bank holidays, to respond.  After the 48 hour period expires, any declined and expired offers will be released to the next eligible applicants. Offers may be accepted, rejected or held. Offers can be held till the 25th May and applicants with accepted or held offers are eligible for upgrade until the 27th May.


Application Evidence Section

The Oriel online application consists of 9 sections. The most important sections of the application are sections 7: Evidence and Section 9: Preferences.

Section 7: Evidence
The evidence page of the application form includes seven areas on which all applications will be scored, on the basis of qualifications, achievements, experience, etc.
In each case, you will be required to select an option from a drop-down menu next to the heading of each topic area. Within the drop-down menu, the higher options represent those which will contribute greater scores to your application form assessment; ie the higher the better. Below you will find the options and their scoring.

All achievements added to your application will be checked by clinicians at interview and in the instance of multiple achievements for each area the highest scoring achievement should be used.

Additional Undergraduate Degrees and Qualifications (Max 10 points)

The first area invites you to give details on any undergraduate degrees and/or qualifications you may have gained to date.
There are seven options available, with a maximum score of 10 points available in this section.

Responses and Scores:
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Postgraduate Degrees and Qualifications (Max 10 points)

You may only include here those postgraduate degrees/qualifications you have gained at the time of application.

Responses and Scores:
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Additional Achievements (Max 10 points)

Additional achievement such as prizes, bursaries or scholarships.

Responses and Scores:
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Presentations and Posters (Max 6 points)

‘Presentations' referred to here are oral presentations, with or without slides, in front of an audience; these options also allow for poster presentations.
These can be of anything related to medicine, typically a case or case series, research or other topic.
Please note - you must not include any presentations relating to audit or quality improvement projects here - use the specific 'quality improvement and clinical audit' section

Responses and Scores:
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Publications (Max 8 points)

Any item included under an option stating 'PubMed-cited' must be cited in PubMed, so as to demonstrate that it is both peer-reviewed and relevant to medicine.
Where possible, you should include this PubMed reference when giving details of publications. Cochrane reviews can be regarded as equivalent.

Responses and Scores:
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Teaching Experience (Max 10 points)

This section assesses your teaching and wards 10 points.

Responses and Scores:
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Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement (Max 10 points)

You need to pick the option corresponding to the highest-scoring statement which is applicable, then use the accompanying text-box to explain you have had roles in various audits. Give details of what your involvement was, so that interviewers will be aware of the depth of your experience with audit/quality improvement.

Responses and Scores:
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Total Application Score (Max 64 points)

Your overall evidence section application score is calculated out of 64. This is further assessed at Station 1: Portfolio at the interview.

Your raw application score out of 64 carries a weighting of x0.25 giving a score out of 16 that is added to the final weighted interview station scores (80) giving an overall total of 96.

See Interview Overview for more information on scoring and station weighting.

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