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Messly’s Guide to CT1/ST1 Applications 2018

UPDATE ***Please click here for the updated version!***

Messly’s mission is to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers.

For every doctor, choosing which specialty to do is one of the biggest, and hardest, decisions we make. Often this decision is based off hearsay, and snatched conversations from older peers, with very little evidence-based decision making in the process. This can inevitably lead to making the wrong choices. With applications now open for CT1/ ST1, Messly are here to help you.

CT1/ST1 Applications are now open! We at Messly are here to help you make the smartest, evidence-based choices for your specialty training programmes. With this in mind, we have written a 5 minute guide to completing your applications and how Messly can help if you’re still not sure what you want to apply to.

1) Register with Oriel

Register for the application process here (see here for a guide to using oriel). Complete all the registration information such as personal details and employment history as these will then be saved and auto-completed on any applications you begin.

2) Find and apply to vacancies

You can find vacancies on Oriel by clicking the Vacancies tab. You can apply to as many specialty training programmes as you like, however you can only make one application to ACCSAM/CMT in each round. You can order the regions you prefer for each application.

Every section of the application form must be completed before it is submitted. You can find more support in completing the application forms on the Royal Colleges’ websites and the national leads for specialty recruitment. The person specifications for posts are available here. Below is a list of clickable links to the national leads for each specialty.

3) Submit your application

Most of the application cannot be edited once it is submitted, so make sure you double check that you are happy with it before clicking submit. No submissions will be accepted after the deadline of 4pm on Thursday 1st December. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email which can also be seen in the ‘My Messages’ section on Oriel. The application status in the ‘My Applications’ section on Oriel will also be updated from ‘In progress’ to ‘Applied’.

10:00 am Wednesday 8th November 2017
4.00 pm Thursday 30th November 2017
Wednesday 10th January – Wednesday 28th February 2018
Program Preferences
open - Tuesday 20 February 2018 close - Wednesday 28 February 2018
Offers Made
Between 28th February 2018 to 5th March 2018 Offer Holding Deadline: 9th March 2018 (1pm) Offer Upgrade Deadline: 16th March 2018 (4pm)
1st August 2018

Still unsure about what to apply for?

There are 3 ways that Messly help you make the best choices:

  1. Training Navigator

The best recommendations come from other doctors. Our Training Navigator allows you to quickly lookup 5-star ‘TripAdvisor’ ratings for all specialties across all hospitals across the UK. All our data comes from over 40,000 junior doctors that completed the GMC Survey 2017. Sign up here.

2. Read reviews from the Messly community

You can also read hundreds of individual reviews written by Messly doctors on their experience of speciality rotations and help other doctors by writing a review of your own hospital. All of our reviews are written only by verified doctors so can ensure that what you’re reading is accurate. Sign up here.

3) The Messly Blog

Over the last month we’ve been writing about how to choose the right specialities, interviewed doctors to get their insights on specialty training  and recommended our top hospitals for specific training programmes. Explore our blog for the latest and best evidence-based insights to make the smartest choices with your specialty applications.

Learn More

  •  Read more about our mission to help doctors make evidence-based career choices.
  •  Get started with our Training Navigator to dive deeper with into ratings across the country.
  • Have you worked at any of these hospitals? Leave a review of your rotation to help other doctors chose theirs.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest evidence-based views on medical careers by following us on Facebook and Twitter

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