Advice on ST3 interviews in Neurology
Please note that this information is a collation of our personal experiences and what we have been able to collate from websites such as JRCPTB. We have tried to ensure that it is all up-to-date and accurate, but it really is only intended as a guide and you should check the original websites for the most up-to-date information.
ST3 interviews usually have a multiple stations format with structured questions. Each question is aimed at assessing one or several skills and marked on strict criteria defined in advance by the interviewers. Typically, there will be 3-4 stations, each 10 mins long. Each station will usually deal with different topics. Topics that may be covered include:
Usually covers diagnosis/differential diagnosis and management of common neurological conditions such as:
- MS (be familiar with diagnostic criteria)
- Stroke (be familiar with thrombolysis and its criteria)
- Meningitis (be familiar with LP findings in different types of meningitis)
- Your experience and what you learnt (clinical understanding, research skills, personal skills)
- The relevance of research
- Definition of ‘audit’ and ‘audit cycle’
- Importance of audits
- Examples of audits that you have conducted
- Different teaching methods and their advantages and disadvantages, e.g. lectures, workshops, PBL, web-based learning.
- Your experience of teaching – try to give examples of different teaching methods that you have used.