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Core Surgery Interview Course

Saturday 10th February 2024 & Saturday 17th February 2024

Want Your First Choice Core Surgical Training Job? We Have The Largest and Most Popular Core Surgery Interview Courses and Core Surgery Interviews Question Bank for the Core Surgery Interviews.
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Core Surgery Interview Course Overview

Here at Core Surgery Interview we understand that the best way to succeed at the CST interview is with early, realistic practise. Our Core Surgery Interview Course is designed to simulate the interview experience and offer feedback and insider tips to help you ace the core surgery interviews and gain your preferred core surgery job.

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Core Surgery Interview Course is a focused, interview course that features keynote lectures covering the interview and tips from last year's successful candidates before testing you with realistic interview stations via online mock interviews.

For 2024 the interactive lectures and mock interviews will be delivered online to match the real interviews

Designed for foundation doctors and anyone applying for core surgery participants the course feature interactive lectures and small group teaching with mock interview cases. Places are limited to maintain a high tutor to candidate ratio.

Our December course features MSRA (10% of the application score) and portfolio preparation (30% of the application score).

In 2022/23 our interview course was fully booked within 7 days of opening registration. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Core Surgery Interview Courses OPEN
  • £397 £277
  • Lectures, Cases, Notes and Personalised Feeback To Give You Everything You Need To Get Your CST Job
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    • Feb 10th 2024
    • Feb 17th 2024


We’ve coached the highest scoring successful candidates at Core Surgery Interviews every year for the past 5 years.

We’re so confident that our question banks and courses are the best we GUARANTEE that you’ll get a job.

If you don’t we’ll work with you until you do. You’ll get access to all the preparation materials for the following year FREE of charge and we’ll personally work with you to analyse what went wrong and give you the best chance of success.

All we ask is you sign-up to the question bank and complete all of the questions and videos and attend a mock interview course. This gives the full CST Interview preparation experience.

Core Surgery Interview Course Programme

Our Core Surgery Interview Course is held in January and February to give you plenty of time to act on feedback, improve your portfolio and enhance your interview technique.
The course simulates the real interviews and provides you with personalised feedback and comprehensive lectures. For 2024 the course will be held virtually with online lectures and online mock interviews.

Mock Cases

Portfolio, Management and Clinical stations
Feedback from SpRs, current CTs and peers
Scenarios and past questions covering common topics
Communication skills tutors
Small groups to maximise questions covered
Pre-Course CV Analysis
Personalised feedback to highlight areas for improvement
Critique from the highest scoring candidates from previous years

Interactive Lectures

Portfolio, Management and Clinical stations covered in detail
Evidence-based clinical management
Common topics and themes covered
Complete guide to improving interview skills
Portfolio & MSRA preparation in detail
Key papers, resources and syllabus for effective preparation
Top tips from last year's successful candidates

Core Surgery Interview Course Timetable

Our Core Surgery Interview Course begins at 10am and will be held online. The programme will feature interactive lectures containing the latest evidence-based clinical information and the latest tips on how to excel at the online interviews.

  • 0930-1000 Registration

    Arrive and grab a coffee, pastry and get ready for the day to start

  • 1000-1045 Portfolio and Application – Lecture and Small Groups

    All aspects of the core surgery application including scoring are covered. Learn how to optimise your surgical CV and portfolio to score maximum points and how to deal with tricky questions using core interview technique rather than stock answers.

  • 1045-1100 Break

    Break time!

  • 1100-1130 Management Questions - Key, Topics, Structure and Cases

    Understand the station format and learn key interview and communication techniques that will help you to present more fluidly to score top marks. Multiple examples of management scenarios are covered with group discussion and frameworks for tackling even the most challenging interview questions.

  • 1130-1230 Clinical Questions - Clinical Cases, Emergencies and Post-Op Care

    We cover as much of the core surgery syllabus as time allows and more importantly we help you to develop the communication skills and framework for answering any clinical questions under pressure in a way that will demonstrate safety, knowledge and score you maximum marks.

  • 1230-1300 Lunch

    Break for lunch

  • 1300-1600 Mock Cases - We cover everything else!

    Half of the day is spent in 1-1 mock interviews where you will be put under pressure and your knowledge and interview technique tested. The format is just like in the real interviews with the opportunity to learn from peers and last year's highest scoring candidates so that you will be fully prepared for the real interviews.

  • 1600-1630 Final Discussion and Home Time

    Any other topics are covered, feedback is given and remaining portfolios reviewed.

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See What Our Past Course Attendees Thought

We reviewed over 5000 core surgical CVs and applications, interviewed over 2000 successful candidates and always love hearing how the candidates that we have coached have not only got a job but have secured their top ranked job in their hospital and city of choice for core surgical training.

  • The course was fantastic and I found it very useful indeed. I ended up being ranked 3rd in Northern Ireland and getting my first choice job.
    Robbie, Northern Ireland, UK
  • I went on a few CST courses and this was without a doubt the most useful and best value for money. I’ll definitley recommend it to next year’s applicants
    Sophie, Severn Deanery, UK
  • The personalised feedback I received on both my CV and interview technique was invaluable. I felt really well-prepared on the day of the interview and got the job I wanted in London
    Simon, Wessex Deanery, UK
  • I can’t recommend your course enough. Thank you for answering all my questions and for helping me get full marks in the clinical station and my first choice job
    Jack, Peninsula Deanery, UK
  • Your course is definitely the best available and one of the best uses of my study budget as I got my first choice job in London
    Andrew, North Central Thames Deanery, UK
  • You guys are awesome! I went on the course and used the question bank and ranked 1st for core surgery! Thank you again.
    Katy, Severn Deanery, UK


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