Applying for 'the Best Job in 21st Century Medicine'

Applications for GP training (August 2015 intake) are due on 4th December, and this year the process has changed over to the NHS’s new online ‘Oriel’ system. This should make things much easier for candidates who will now be able to register, apply, book interviews and assessment centres and view offers, all in one conveniently-accessed place.

Testing what you already know
When preparing for the assessment, the most important thing to bear in mind is not to panic. Stage 2 is designed to test knowledge at F2 level, so dig out your notes from Finals and use them as your base for a few weeks. When you’re happy you’ve covered everything, start working through GP Entry-specific books and online resources to test your knowledge and fill in any gaps.

The importance of prioritising
Stage 2 will test your clinical knowledge, but it’s the professional dilemma questions (or ‘SJTs’) that candidates tend to struggle with. SJTs are ‘what would you do?’ questions which ask you to prioritise, delegate and manage any number of problems taken from a GP-related scenario. Although there may be no definitive ‘right answer’ in one of these ‘real-life’ situations, there is (of course) an ideal order that the assessors are looking for. It can be particularly hard when you’re given two options which both look to be of utmost importance! Look for hidden clues in the question and think through the outcomes. Ask yourself: “If I did this, what would happen next?”

The rules
The notoriously-tricky Stage 3 assessment centre consists of mock consultations and a written prioritisation exercise, but the good news is that practise can make perfect! Time can be really tight between Stage 2 and 3, and although a face-to-face course can be great for practising technique, what you really need is something that fits in with a busy schedule and means you don’t need to take any study leave. Our online resource does just that whilst giving you the opportunity to practise, practise, practise.
 
GPST is all about knowing ‘the rules of the game’, and even though they sound obvious, don’t underestimate their importance:

- Don’t appear dangerous
- Don’t put your own needs last (as there are often questions that challenge your work/life balance)
- Don’t put yourself at risk
- Don’t do anything that compromises your own personal ethics, or the ethos of the GMC’s Good Doctor paper.
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gp | gp application | gp entry | gp recruitment | gp training | st application | stage 2 | stage 3
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