Medical Specialty Training
Medical specialty training is an extremely competitive process worldwide. The dramatic increase in the number of medical graduates, an increasingly mobile population of overqualified specialists from developing countries, and a limited number of training positions create significant challenges for local graduates to secure training positions.
Political efforts to commoditise doctors to relieve doctor shortages have many intended and unintended consequences. Governments gain leverage and negotiating power in an environment of oversupply – thus reducing healthcare costs. For example, the National Health Service’s (NHS) radical cost cutting reforms have resulted in an exodus of English doctors worldwide. There is a corresponding net import of foreign doctors to fill the void creating a system that is increasingly reliant on foreign doctors. As the political success of the NHS model is being replicated worldwide at the expense of quality of care, we expect to see a global decline in doctor salaries in developed countries.
The healthcare industry, like any other, is subject to the laws of boom and bust. Industries go from peak to trough in 20-30 year cycles – over the years we have witnessed the rise and fall of banking, mining, farming. There is no escape from the basic laws of supply and demand. We foresee difficult times ahead in North America, Europe and Australia for doctors.
In an environment where doctors are commoditised, the only way to protect oneself is to pursue sub-specialisation. In many parts of the world, training programs are self-regulated internally by specialty bodies. This is the bottleneck. As doctor supply goes up, the growing number of applicants create greater competition for a fixed number of training positions. Depending on specialty, applicants often outnumber accredited training positions by 100 to 1.
Our advice to all doctors is to secure a training position as soon as possible.
How To Get a Specialty Training Program
The process of getting onto a training program is a trifecta of having a great resume, supportive referees, and fantastic showmanship for the interview. The interview process is an act. Applicants who employ a “spontaneous and unrehearsed” approach will never out-interview one who has strategically prepared for the interview. Here on Interviewa we have meticulously done that planning for you. We have compiled up to a decade worth of interview questions, created sample answers, and will hold your hand all the way through the interview process. If you have applied multiple times, have been unsuccessful in your previous interviews, you have come to the right place.