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ST3 Interview Scoring Criteria

Candidates invited to interview will be assessed against the following criteria:


Knot Tying - candidates will be assessed on suture handling and knowledge.

Video assisted Thoracoscopy - candidates will be assessed on instrument handling and task completion.

Suture station - candidates will be assessed on instrument, suture and tissue handling and the quality of the final product.

Structured Questions

Candidates will be asked five questions and will be assessed as per the criteria below


Pretty poor


Pretty Good



No positive indicators

Poor discussion requiring frequent prompts and with several negative indicators

Adequate discussion with a few negative indicators

A good performance but some direction with probes required. Many positive indicators included in response

Excellent well rounded discussion requiring minimal prompting and including no negative indicators


Communication Station

Candidates will be asked to complete an excercise with an actor. The Assessors will score using the following rating criteria.

Clear well crafted message Active listening Empathy and Sensitivity Engagement Conceptual thinking and problem solving


Portfolio Station

Candidates Evidence Portfolios will be assessed using the criteria below. The remainder of their portfolio may be required for any additional information asked by the Assessors. They will be asked some standard question to help assess the portfolio.

  • Assessments/Appraisals
  • Operative Logbook
  • Audit
  • Presentations & Publications
  • Research


Your portfolio will be used to validate the evidence you documented on your application form.

You are required to provide evidence for all the achievements you have included in your application form.

You will need to include 5 sheets of A4 single sided (summary sheets) at the front of your portfolio which should include the following headings (one per sheet):

On each of the summary forms you should provide all of the data you included in your on-line application form. This should include a validated consolidation operation log, details of audits, presentations and publications (with references to pages where they can be located in your portfolio) and clear statements about additional degrees or research relied upon in the application process. This is to confirm your probity in the self-assessment process and as such will be cross checked against your application form.

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