ST3 Trauma and Orthopaedic Interview Presentation, Case Prioritisation and Handover Station


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Presentation, Case Prioritisation and Handover Station

List Planning & Presentation

Presentation, Case Prioritisation and Handover

There are 2 sections to this station: Presentation, Case Prioritisation and Handover.

Each section lasts approximately 7.5 minutes. Scoring is done independently by two assessors.


There are 2 sections to this station: Presentation, Case Prioritisation and Handover.

Each section lasts approximately 7.5 minutes. Scoring is done independently by two assessors.

Presentation: 7 minutes (3 minutes delivery, 4 minutes questions)

This station gives you an opportunity to demonstrate how you can perform, with an associated time pressure, to prepare and deliver a presentation. Topics are carefully chosen so that this exercise tests the delivery of a presentation in challenging circumstances rather than being a pure test of knowledge.
You will be given the presentation topic a few weeks beforehand and may use a single overhead projector slide (OHP) to present with.

Assessors will score you against the following domains:
• Communication
• Working under pressure
• Organisation and planning

Case Prioritisation and Handover: 7 minutes

You will be given a selection of operations and patients and asked to prioritise and order them within a given time frame. You will be asked to prioritise reviews, list order and estimate length of operation and order the operating list according to urgency and patient factors.
A consultant interviewer will act as your SHO and you will be tasked with asking pertinent questions to help you decide which patients should be prioritised.


Presentation

Candidates will need to prepare a 3 minute presentation in advance of the interviews using a maximum of ONE overhead projector slide. Candidates will deliver this presentation to the interview panel in the station. Questions will then follow.

Candidates will be given the topic of the presentation when they are invited to attend an interview.

An overhead projector and screen will be provided in the interview station. There will be no data projectors or IT equipment available. PowerPoint, Keynote or any other software is not available to deliver your presentation.

There will be no facilities available for you to prepare your presentation on the day.

Case Prioritisation and Handover

For the remainder of the station you will be presented with a list of cases and asked to prioritise and exchange information.

The list of patients provided could be trauma or elective cases and will feature patients with varying co-morbidities and circumstances that may affect when they can be operated upon such as diabetics, previously cancelled patients, young children and life-threatening conditions.

One consultant will act as your SHO and you will be expected to ask pertinent questions about the patients to help you decide who to prioritise. You will be asked to discuss the rationale for your decisions with the interviewers.

In addition you will be required to estimate surgical time and total time (including anaesthetic and transfer) for each case and so a basic awareness of the length of common orthopaedic procedures may be required.


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  • default_titleThe handover section allows you to ask key questions of an SHO or colleague and it is important consider the most pertinent questions to ask that will most quickly allow to organise a list or prioritise patients to see.
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