Specialty training for doctors
There are over 60 medical specialties and sub-specialties to choose from.
For information and help:
- Oxford Deanery Specialty Schools - their factsheets have information and local contact details for Programme Directors
- The Specialty Pages of http://www.medicalcareers.nhs.uk/ gives detailed information on what different specialties involve with information on training pathways, competition ratios, what to expect in the specialty , plus career video clips, interactive self-assessment exercises and case studies.
- The book So You Want to be a Brain Surgeon, by Simon Eccles and Stephan Sanders (OUP, third edition 2008), is a good basic guide to all the medical specialties, with information on the personal qualities needed, stress levels etc. Job summary tables allow quick comparisons to be made between different specialties.
- How to Get a Specialty Training Post: the insider's guide, by Danny Lim (OUP, 2011) is by a specialty trainee who has researched how the different specialites interview and provdes sample questions
- College websites give specific information on training pathways and training curricula. The GP Recruitment site has GP career stories and the Royal College of Surgeons of England site has careers stories
- The Centre for Workforce Intelligence , the workforce planning body, has factsheets on employment prospects in the different specialties
- BMJ Careers has specialty articles plus podcasts from the BMJ Careers Fair
- http://www.medicalforum.com/ - an independent career support organisation offering some free online modules
- http://www.support4doctors.org/ article: Ways to choose your specialty
Recruitment into specialty
Check out Oxford Deanery recruitment for local specialty training posts in the area
Medical Specialty Training (England) is the national website for specialty training in England and has:
- Guide to specialty recruitment 2013
- National person specifications for posts
- Specialty profiles for each specialty, giving key dates and a summary of the process
- Guidance for applicants from overseas
- Links to medical specialty training in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.