The weighting of the different assessments as part of the GP recruitment process have changed for 2018 recruitment. This article covers how the different parts are weighted, and how this compares to previous years.
Weighting of MSRA (Stage 2) and Stage 3
For 2018 recruitment, the weighting of the MSRA has been increased, and the 2 papers are no longer equally weighted as in previous years.
The new weighting making up a candidates place in the national ranking after Stage 3 is now 60% (MSRA) and 40% (Stage 3). This is broken down as follows:
Professional dilemma paper (SJT): 40%
Clinical problem solving paper: (20%)
Stage 3 selection centre: 40%
In previous years, the NRO did not release the exact weighting of Stage 2 / Stage 3, although the 2 papers in the MSRA (clinical and SJT) were equally weighted.
Those doctors scoring band 1 in either paper in the MSRA will not progress to Stage 3 and those scoring 575 of more combined (the top 10%) will get a direct offer without needing to sit Stage 3.
For everyone else that is invited to Stage 3, the total rank will be based on scores from the MSRA + Stage 3 based on the weighting above. Anyone above the cut score will be ranked nationally, anyone below will be deemed not suitable for training.
As long as you have been invited to Stage 3, you can still get an offer as long you perform well at Stage 3 – the key thing is to practise all 4 stations so you can demonstrate the skills assessed to a high level. You can also increase your chances by being willing to consider more areas in your preferences.
You can read more about the 4 parts of Stage 3 and how to prepare here: http://gptraining.info/stage-3-assessment-preparation-tips
Focus on Stage 3 – as you can improve your overall ranking by doing well here. The chances of getting a post are much higher in Round 1 compared to R1 re-advert or Round 2 as the later rounds only have jobs that could not be filled in Round 1. This means there are fewer posts, and some of the popular areas will have no jobs at all.
If you were invited to Stage 3, book a centre and date that is convenient and start preparing for the assessment. The more you prepare, the better you will do on the day.
Best wishes with your preparation and with getting a rotation!
Dr Mahibur Rahman
Medical Director, Emedica