The Oxford Medical ST & CT Interview Course is designed to help you stand out from the crowd and make sure you achieve success. Having been fully revised for 2019 and delivered by NHS Consultants, it is the essential interview preparation course.
For the 2018 intake, over 17,000 doctors made applications for less than 9,000 Specialist or Core Training posts in the UK. So, on average, there were around two applicants for every position. Some specialties had more than 9 candidates for each post. The specific ratios for each post vary each year and can be hard to predict. The desire for each candidate to be successful, however, is a constant. Effective preparation is essential to standing out and to become the successful interview candidate.
Courses at our regular locations have resumed where appropriate from early July. The safety of our delegates, tutors and patients remains paramount. So government guidance and the ability of individual venues to open safely determines when we restart at each location. You can book any of the courses listed with confidence. If the course you book does not run, you’ll have the option to attend on the planned date in our Virtual Training Room, transfer to another date/location or receive a full refund. Virtual Training Room courses use video meeting software to provide you with the same interactive experience as our face-to-face courses. This means you receive the same CPD certificate as you would at any of our other venues.
The ST & CT Medical Interview Course
Our course is designed for doctors seeking entry to a specialist training or core training programme, including both Core Surgical Training and Internal Medicine Training. We help you understand the current set up in terms of purpose, aims and structure of your CT, ST, ACCS or IMT medical. You will learn:
- How to identify your areas of strength, your unique selling points and how to capitalise on them
- How to deliver not just an effective knowledgeable answer but to do this with a structured and flexible approach
- How to deliver exceptional responses to challenging questions on management, leadership, ethical dilemmas and current NHS issues
- How to turn a difficult question into one which sells your strengths making you an attractive appointment
- Methods to ensure that you have the correct mindset to perform at your best
You will also have the opportunity to practice your interview technique via a videoed mock interview with constructive feedback tailored to your needs.
You receive a certificate for 6 CPD points for participation in the 1-day Course.
Please note: Each event is likely to include doctors who are seeking a broad range training posts. This includes some interested in pursuing physician based disciplines and others who have surgical ambitions. Coaching or instruction on technical/clinical skills are out of scope at this course.
Written Support Materials
During this one day course an experienced NHS Consultant will teach you the important interview skills and techniques to use in your interview. This is supported by your copy of our 105 page ST / CT Medical Interview Guide (worth £29.99) which is included in the course package. You will receive instant access to the online version of this guide when you book to your course and will receive your printed copy on the day of the event.
Online Support Materials
Our support begins as soon as you register for the event as you will have instant access to our ST / CT Interview Online Preparation (worth £89.99) for one month – with an option to extend. This includes 2 hours of our online NHS Hot Topics & UK Medical Regulation Video Tutorials. You receive a certificate for 2 CPD points for completing this section of the material.
We also give you access to a library of useful links. This excellent resource will both save and direct your further preparation by pulling together the most important reports and additional reading with explanatory summaries.
Mock Interview Video
Every candidate will receive a mock ST/CT interview. Feedback will be given so that you can actually see how you deliver your content. Feedback is individual, unique to this course and usually highlights specific areas for each candidate to work on during the post course period. You can download and review your mock interview video after the course at your leisure.
Small Group Training
The value of training for interview with your peers can never be underestimated. To ensure that we strike the right balance, enabling you to learn from the experiences of both your tutor and the other delegates, we keep our group sizes to a maximum of 8 delegates per course.
Who is this course suitable for?
The Oxford Medical Training interview course is designed and delivered specifically for doctors preparing to attend CT1, ACCS, IMT, ST1 or ST3+ interviews. Through practice, presentations, interactive group discussions and your mock interview your guides you in preparing to present yourself at your very best. As the focus is interview skills rather than on technical or clinical, doctors interested in medical training posts and those with a surgical interest attend the same events.
Whether or not you decide to book a course you will find a wealth of thought provoking blog-posts on our News & Insights pages. We update these pages on a regular basis, making sure there is always something worthwhile to read. A good place to start would be with Who is the perfect ST/CT Interview candidate?
Booking a course
We’ve listed all available dates and locations for scheduled courses further up this page for you. Simply select the option which works best for you and enter your details to secure your place.