When applying for roles at CT1- or ST3-level, candidates will gain scores on their application based on their portfolio. This portfolio is a record of a doctor’s achievements to date and is called the ‘evidence page’ on application forms. This evidence page will require applicants to select from a range of options, rather than manually detail all their experiences. This requires some judgement as to which achievements are relevant, and which statements best reflect the level of experience the candidate has reached. The application is then scored automatically, based on the self-assessment of each applicant.
Once the application form has been submitted, the automatically-generated score is not amended or updated. Neither will the candidate have the ability to alter any of their answers once the form is completed. Attempting to over-claim in an effort to boost application scores will be met with strict consequences – and the candidate’s application could be down-marked, rejected outright, or reported to the GMC. This may also include achievements which have yet to be completed – such as courses not yet undertaken, presentations not yet given, and awards not yet finalised – or the claiming of the same achievement in two separate sections. Only achievements gained from the commencement of undergraduate medical training onwards may be counted.
Once the candidate is at the interview, they will be required to provide evidence for their achievements. The interviewers will be understanding of the shortcomings of the application form, but all candidates are expected to be able to justify their choices.
There are eight separate domains under which candidates can log their achievements for CT1 and nine for ST3. Further details of each domain for both CT1 and ST3 can be found under the relevant section. The domains are: