Specialty Applications

Neurosurgery ST1 - Specialty Specific Application Form Questions

These are the UK Specialty Training application form questions used on Oriel for applications to ST1, CT1, ST3 and ST4 specialty training posts. These are the application form questions used for posts advertised in November 2023 with a start date from August 2024. Dental Specialty posts are usually advertised in January with a start date in September.

The questions are presented here to help you prepare for your future applications. Please be aware application form structures, questions, word counts, etc. can change and there is no guarantee that future application forms will remain the same. 

Evidence

1. EVIDENCE OF SELECTION CRITERIA

Please complete ALL parts of this section.  If you do not have any evidence please enter “no evidence”.  Do not leave a section blank. 

Please refer to the 2024 Shortlisting Matrix before completing this section.

2. UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

Please provide details of your undergraduate degree stating the title and subject of the degree, a synopsis of the degree, date of award of degree and the awarding university, college or other higher education authority

  • Degree Title
  • Entry date to degree course
  • Date degree awarded
  • Distinction or classification
  • Awarding university, college or other body


3. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH/AUDIT PROJECTS

Have you undertaken any undergraduate research or audit projects that have not resulted in an externally reviewed publication? (Yes/No)


4. UNDERGRADUATE PRIZES & AWARDS

Have you achieved any undergraduate prizes and awards (before your final medical degree)? (Yes/No)

5. UNDERGRADUATE CLINICAL ELECTIVES AND ATTACHMENTS

Have you undertaken any substantive clinical electives and attachments? (Yes/No)

6. HIGHER DEGREE

Have you achieved any higher degrees (requiring a minimum of two years full-time or equivalent study e.g. PhD, MD)? (Yes/No)

7. FIRST DEGREE IN MEDICAL SCIENCE

Have you achieved a (not intercalated) First Degree in Medical Sciences (e.g. BSc, BMed Sci, MRES)? (Yes/No)

8. OTHER DEGREES AND DIPLOMAS

Have you achieved any other degrees and diplomas (this may include the MRCS or equivalent, diplomas in research methodology, teaching etc.)? (Yes/No)

9. POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH

Have you undertaken any substantive postgraduate research projects that have not been part of a higher degree and have not resulted in an externally-reviewed publication? (Yes/No)

10. POSTGRADUATE ACADEMIC AWARDS AND PRIZES

Have you been awarded any postgraduate prizes and awards (awarded after your final medical degrees)? (Yes/No) 

11. POSTGRADUATE CLINICAL COURSES

Have you undertaken any postgraduate clinical courses (undertaken after your final medical degrees)? (Yes/No)

12. Academic/Clinical Teaching Fellow – Clinical Experience

To enable us to calculate your total clinical experience we will need to know if any of the academic/clinical teaching fellow posts you have declared involved any clinical work.

Have you declared any Academic or Clinical Teaching Fellow posts in your employment history? (Yes/No)

13. Post Recruitment Information

Would you like to opt in to receive email notifications of recommended Neurosurgery courses for ST1/ST2 level trainees e.g. Neurosurgery Bootcamp? (Yes/No)

Please note:- This is not a comprehensive service and only a limited number of emails will be sent, applicants should continue to refer to existing sources of information regarding available vacancies.

Supporting

1. SUPPORTING INFORMATION

The questions in this section  give you the opportunity to provide supporting information about your application.

Please refer to the 2024 Shortlisting Matrix before completing this section.

2. PUBLICATIONS

Do you have any peer-reviewed publications that you consider to be of merit providing the title of the paper; your contribution e.g. 2nd author responsible for the data collection and analysis; the journal, volume and page numbers and year of publication? (Yes/No)

3. PRESENTATIONS

Do you have any presentations that you consider to be of particular merit and that you have personally delivered to international, national or regional meetings? (Yes/No)

4. CLINICAL AUDIT AND SERVICE IMPROVEMENT

Have you been involved in any clinical audits or service improvement? (Yes/No)

5. ORGANISATIONAL AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Have you acquired any organisational and leadership skills through posts held, committee work, project management etc? (Yes/No)

6. PRACTICAL AND PSYCHOMOTOR SKILLS

Do you have details of any activities (e.g. sport, arts and crafts, design and technology) that you feel indicate that you have psychomotor skills that can be transferrable to the craft specialty of neurosurgery? (Yes/No)

7. TEACHING

Do you have any teaching experiences in all fields, indicating the nature of the teaching commitment including subject matter, audience and frequency of teaching (e.g. two 1 hour seminars per month)? (Yes/No)

8. PERSONAL STATEMENTS

1) What are the main factors that have motivated you to pursue a career in neurosurgery? (Words allowed:  250)

2) What do you think are the essential skills and attributes of a successful neurosurgeon, and why do you consider these essential? (Words allowed: 250)

3) What challenges do you think you may face during your neurosurgical training programme and how might you address these challenges? (Words allowed: 250)