The evidence page

This section of the form is where all scores for your application will be gained, based on the details you give regarding your achievements and qualifications. You will be required to select the most appropriate option from a list of statements for each of eight domains of achievements. The options, scores available and supplementary guidance for each area are detailed on a separate tab above.

Selection of options solely candidates' responsibility

Selection of options must be absolutely at your discretion alone. We have attempted to clarify the wording of options below, but under no circumstances can we advise you on which options to select.

Experiences and achievements will not always fit neatly under one option or another so you will need to employ your professional judgement to ascertain which of the available options is the most appropriate; where more than one statement matches your achievements, select the highest option on the list. Recruiters and interviewers are aware of an application form's limitations to cover all variations but you must be able to justify your selection if required at interview.

You will be required to add text for each selection to demonstrate why you chose that option.

Automated scores

Applications are scored automatically, with scores based entirely on each candidate's self-assessment of their achievements using the options selected from each of the domains detailed on the tabs above.

Scores not revised

At no stage prior to interview are these reviewed; this includes the 'other' option which is an option in some areas. Additionally, you cannot amend this section after application should you have made a mistake on your application form, or gained an achievement after the submission of your application; for example, if you subsequently pass a section of the MRCP(UK), this cannot be added to your score.

Over-claiming

All achievements added to your application will be checked by clinicians at interview.

Any instances of candidates trying to gain an unfair advantage by over-claiming scores for and/or exaggerating their achievements will be taken extremely seriously.

This could lead to an application being rejected; and in more serious cases, could be reported as a probity matter to the GMC.

In the event that you realise after submitting your form that you have overclaimed on your form, you must email details to the JRCPTB as soon as possible: st3recruitment@jrcptb.org.uk.

Completed achievements only

When you come to submit your application, all information within it must be accurate at the time of submission - any qualifications not yet gained, courses not yet taken, presentations not yet given, etc. should not be included at this point. An achievement gained even on the applications closing date cannot date cannot be counted.

The only exception is publications which have been completely accepted and are 'in press'.

Multiple achievements

If you have more than one achievement in an area which only allows you to choose an option for one, eg qualifications or achievements, you should select the option corresponding to your highest scoring achievement. You can then use the space below to mention your other achievements in the area.

Achievements scored in one domain only

If you have an achievement which could potentially fit under more than one domain, you may only claim it under one option. Unless there is specific guidance to the contrary in the relevant domain's section, you should use your judgement to decide where is should be claimed.

Time limit

There is no set number of years within which you need to have completed the achievements listed, however any achievements claimed must have been gained after commencing your medical (or first undergraduate) degree i.e. achievements from school or before university cannot be claimed.

Help & FAQs

We have attempted to record the most commonly-received queries on the application FAQs page of this website, therefore please review this area first to see if this is of assistance.

If after reading the guidance you are still unsure you can get in contact but please be aware (in most cases) we cannot tell you what option to choose: st3recruitment@jrcptb.org.uk.

Additional undergraduate degrees and qualifications (max 10 points)

There are seven options available here, with a maximum score of 10 points available in this section.

Degree classifications

If you have gained a degree/qualification which does not have a classification which fits in with the usual UK grading system (ie 1st, 2:1, etc.) please select the option here which you deem equivalent.

Undergraduate or postgraduate?

In the event that you have gained a qualification which could be included under either the undergraduate or postgraduate degrees/qualifications section, you can include this under whichever of the two sections you feel is most appropriate.

However, you should only include this under one section or the other, but not both.

Additional guidance

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.

Additional undergraduate degrees and qualifications
OptionScore available
(max 10)
Notes
Degree obtained during medical course (eg intercalation, BSc, BA, etc.) - 1st class honours 10
Undergraduate degree obtained prior to starting medicine - 1st class honours 10
Degree obtained during medical course (eg intercalation, BSC, BA, etc.) - 2.1 5
Undergraduate degree obtained prior to starting medicine - 2.1 5
Degree obtained during medical course (eg intercalation, BSc, BA, etc.) - other 2
Undergraduate degree obtained prior to starting medicine - other 2
None/other: please specify   0 This space is for you to mention anything which you think is of relevance, but which cannot be categorised above.

Please note that entries under this option do not gain marks at the short list stage , but may be taken into account should you proceed to interview.

Postgraduate degrees and qualifications (max 10 points)

You can choose from seven options here, with up to 10 marks available.

Degree classifications

Where you have gained a degree/qualification which does not appear to fit exactly within one of the options available here, then you should select the option which you deem equivalent.

Undergraduate or postgraduate?

In the event that you have gained a qualification which could be included under either the undergraduate or postgraduate degrees/qualifications section, you can include this under whichever of the two sections you feel is most appropriate.

However, you should only include this under one section or the other, but not both.

MRCP(UK) not included

Please do not include details of MRCP(UK) (or other postgraduate examinations of this nature) within this section. These should be included under the 'MRCP(UK)' section.

Additional guidance

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.

Postgraduate degrees and qualifications
OptionScore available
(max 10)
Notes
PhD or DPhil Doctor of Philosophy 10 You undertook full-time research involving original work, usually of at least three years' duration, and ideally resulting in one or more peer-reviewed publication
MD Doctor of Medicine - two-year original research-based 8 You undertook full-time research involving original work, usually of at least two years' duration, and ideally resulting in one or more peer-reviewed publication
MPhil Master of Philosophy 6
Single-year postgraduate course (eg MSc, MA, MRes, etc.) 5 This must be a specific course that usually lasts for three university terms and is eight months' or more duration; it must not be claimed for upgrading a bachelor’s degree without further study as is offered in some universities
MD Doctor of Medicine - dissertation 4 You undertook a dissertation (ie writing about a subject not using your own original research) with a relatively small amount of research content, and usually of one year or less in duration
Other relevant postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate (NB - do not enter MRCP(UK) or comparable specialty membership examination) 3 This option is for relevant postgraduate courses / modules, lasting between one and 10 months (whole-time equivalent) - eg diploma of tropical medicine and hygiene, teaching certificate, etc.
None/other: please specify 0 This space is for you to mention anything which you think is of relevance, but which cannot be categorised above

Please note that entries in this section do not gain marks at the short list stage , but may be taken into account should you proceed to interview

Additional achievements (max 10 points)

Six options are available here, with a maximum possible score of 10.

Please note that where a stated percentage is given you must be able to demonstrate this to claim that option. If your medical school do not specify this you will need to contact them to ask whether they can supply something in writing to verify that your performance met the specified criteria.

Prizes for achievements from other scoring domains

Please note that if you have been awarded a prize for an achievement from another domain (eg a poster compeition or a quality improvement project), you cannot claim points for that achievement in both domains. You can choose the domain in which to claim the points, and can mention it in the other domain, but not choose a point scoring option on your application form.

Additional guidance

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.

Additional achievements
OptionScore available
(max 10)
Notes
Awarded national prize related to medicine (open to all trainees) 10 This means that all medical undergraduates and / or postgraduates in the country of training are eligible for this prize
High-achievement award for primary medical qualification (eg honours or distinction typically given to only the top 10%) 8 If more than 10% of the year receive honours/distinction etc., then it no longer marks you out as exceptional in this category
More than one prize / distinction/ merit related to parts of the medical course 6 You may only claim this if you were in the top 20% of marks for part of the course on more than one occasion
One prize / distinction / merit related to parts of the medical course 4 You may only claim this if you were in the top 20% of marks for the part of the course
Scholarship / bursary / equivalent awarded during medical course 2
None/other: please specify 0 This space is for you to mention anything you think is of relevance which cannot be categorised above.

Please note that entries in the 'none/other' section do not gain marks at the short list stage , but may be taken into account should you proceed to interview.

MRCP(UK) (max 14 points)

Four options are available here, with a maximum possible score of 14.

No score is given for passing MRCP(UK) Part 1, as this is an essential eligibility requirement at time of application. See the MRCP(UK)  page for more information on this.

Alternative specialty examinations

Where you have an alternative UK specialty examination which is specified on the person specification, you can substitute the MRCP(UK) with the corresponding examination for that specialty.

For example, if you are applying to haematology, which accepts the MRCPCH, you can claim the points for completing Part 2 Written if you have completed all of the theory examinations and the points for both Part 2 Written and PACES if you have additionally completed the clinical examination and have the full MRCPCH diploma.

EEA eligibility

Those applying from the EEA route can only apply if they have completed their training, including postgraduate examination, at time of application so, assuming they are eligible, should only select the top option. 

Additional guidance

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.

MRCP(UK)
 Examination  Points
I have passed both MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written and PACES 14
I have passed MRCP(UK) PACES but not Part 2 Written 10
I have passed MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written but not PACES 4
I have not passed MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written or PACES 0

Presentations / posters (max 6 points)

There are seven options from which you can select here, with a maximum of 6 marks available.

What is a presentation?

'Presentations' referred to here are oral presentations, with or without slides, in front of an audience of healthcare professionals.

These can be of anything related to medicine, typically a case or case series, research or other topic. It would normally be expected to include a question and answer session.

The options also allow for posters, if a poster is shown without an accompanying oral presentation you can still claim points in line with the relevant statement below.

What is a medical meeting?

Typically this will be an audience of doctors and/or other healthcare professionals attending away from their normal place of work for which attendees will be undertaking continuing professional development.

The exception to this is the option for a local meeting where the audience is predominantly internal to that workplace.

Quality improvement & audit presentations

Please note - you must not include any presentations relating to audit or quality improvement projects here - use the specific 'quality improvement and clinical audit' section (see QI tab for further details).

Additional guidance

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.

Presentations
OptionScore available
(max 6)
Notes
I have given an oral presentation at a national or international medical meeting 6 National means that participation is routinely extended to, and accepted by, anyone in the country; as implied, international means participation extends beyond this
I have shown more than one poster at national or international medical meetings 6 National means that participation is routinely extended to, and accepted by, anyone in the country; as implied, international means participation extends beyond this
I have shown one poster at a national or international medical meeting 4 National means that participation is routinely extended to, and accepted by, anyone in the country; as implied, international means participation extends beyond this
I have given an oral presentation at a regional medical meeting 4 Regional means that participation is confined to, for example, a county, deanery/LETB, region, health authority, or a recognised cluster of hospitals, extending beyond a city
I have shown one or more posters at a regional medical meeting(s) 3 Regional means that participation is confined to, for example, a county, deanery/LETB, health authority, or a recognised cluster of hospitals, extending beyond a city

If you have contributed to a poster presented nationally or internationally, but were not first author, and have not used another drop-down option to claim this achievement, you may use this option
I have given an oral presentation, or shown one or more posters at a local medical meeting(s) 2 Local usually means participation is confined to a local hospital or university setting

If you have contributed to a poster presented regionally but were not first author, and have not used another drop-down option to claim this achievement, you may use this option
None/other: please specify 0 This option can be used for anything else you think is relevant that cannot be categorised above, including presentations not yet delivered.

Please note that entries in the 'other' section do not gain marks at the short list stage, but may be taken into account should you proceed to interview.

Publications (max 8 points)

There are eight options available here, with a maximum score of 8 points

Below the table is a short glossary of terms used in the options.

PubMed citations

Any item included under an option stating 'PubMed-cited' must be cited in PubMed, so as to demonstrate that it is both peer-reviewed and relevant to medicine.

Where possible, you should include this PubMed reference when giving details of publications. Cochrane reviews can be regarded as equivalent.

The only exception to this is in the case of published medical books, which do not require PubMed citation.

In press

Whilst achievements not yet gained cannot usually be claimed, an exception to this are any articles/publications which have been completely accepted, but are just waiting to be published - ie 'in press'.

Additional guidance

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.

Publications
OptionScore available
(max 8)
Notes
I am first author, or joint-first author, of two or more PubMed-cited original research publications (or in press) 8 For this option, you need to be first or joint-first author in all of the publications to which you refer
I am co-author of two or more PubMed-cited original research publications (or in press) 7 This option can be interpreted as 'I am at least co-author in more than one...'
I am first author, or joint-first author, of one PubMed-cited original research publication (or in press) 6 If you have written a whole book related to medicine, in its broadest sense, you may select this option
I am co-author of one PubMed-cited original research publication (or in press) 5
I am first author, joint-first author, or co-author of more than one PubMed-cited other publication (or in press) 4 If you have written a chapter (or a section) for a book related to medicine, in its broadest sense, you may select this option

Editorials, reviews, case reports, letters, etc. can be classed as 'other' publications
I am first author, joint-first author, or co-author of one PubMed-cited other publication (or in press) 3 Editorials, reviews, case reports, letters, etc. can be included here
I have published one or more abstracts or non-peer-reviewed articles 2 The article does not need to be medical in the strictest sense, but you must be able to justify its relevance to your application at any interview you attend

If you have had an article published which is not cited in PubMed, you may use this option
None/other: please specify 0 This option can be used for anything else you think is relevant that cannot be categorised above, including things not yet accepted for publication.

Please note that entries in the 'other' section do not gain marks at the short list stage, but may be taken into account should you proceed to interview.

In press - this means that your piece has been fully accepted for publication; no further alterations are required; and it is just waiting to be published.

PubMed - virtually all published articles relevant to medicine will have a unique PubMed ID number (PMID) assigned to it. If a published article does not have a PMID, it is unlikely to be relevant here.

Peer-reviewed - this means that your piece has been sent to one or more independent reviewers prior to acceptance for publication.

Submitted article - this cannot gain any marks at the short-listing stage, because it is not known if it will be published. However, you may wish to mention it to support your application, and you may wish to discuss this at interview.

First author - this means first on the list of authors.

Joint-first author - this is a specific definition and will be specified in the publication.

Co-author - this means that you are on the list of authors, but are not first or joint-first author.

'Other' publication - anything that is not an original research article (or book/chapter) - eg editorials, reviews, abstracts, case reports, letters, etc. On-line discussion forums or posted articles do not count.

Teaching experience (max 10 points)

Teaching is split into two separate scoring areas, ‘Teaching experience’ and ‘Training in teaching’, which collectively add up to the maximum of 10 marks available.

A glossary of terms used is included at the bottom of the page.

Additional guidance

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.

Teaching experience

There are five options available, with a maximum of 7 marks available.

  

Teaching experience

  

Option

Score available
  (max 7)

Notes

I have worked with local tutors to design and organise a teaching programme (a series of sessions) to enhance locally organised teaching for healthcare professionals or medical students. I have contributed regularly to teaching over a period of at least three months. I have evidence of formal feedback.

7

You have identified a gap in teaching provided and have worked with local tutors to design and organise a teaching program, and arrange teachers. You have a certificate or letter of recognition of your contribution. You have evidence of formal feedback from these sessions, or a ‘Developing the Clinical Teacher’ form and have reflected upon this.

I have organised a local teaching programme for healthcare professionals or medical students consisting of more than one session and contributed regularly to teaching over a period of at least three months. I have evidence of formal feedback.

6

You have worked with local tutors to organise an existing programme and arrange teachers. You have a certificate or letter of recognition of your contribution. You have evidence of formal feedback from these sessions, or a ‘Developing the Clinical Teacher’ form and have reflected upon this.

I have provided regular teaching for healthcare professionals or medical students over a period of at least three months. I have evidence of formal feedback.

4

For example, regular bedside or classroom teaching, acting as a mentor to a student or acting as a tutor in a virtual learning environment. You have a certificate or letter of recognition of your contribution. You have evidence of formal feedback from these sessions, or a ‘Developing the Clinical Teacher’ form and have reflected upon this.

I have taught medical students or other healthcare professionals occasionally. I have evidence of formal feedback.

2

You have provided teaching on an ad hoc basis. You have evidence of formal feedback from these sessions, or a ‘Developing the Clinical Teacher’ form and have reflected upon this.

none/other: please specify

0

This option can be used for anything else you think is relevant that cannot be categorised above.
 
  Please note that entries in the 'other' section do not gain marks at the short list stage, but may be taken into account should you proceed   to interview.

Training in teaching

There are four options available, with a maximum of 3 marks available.

  

Training in teaching

  

Option

Score available
  (max 3)

Notes

I have a higher qualification in teaching eg PG Cert, PG Dip, MA/MSc.

3

 

I have had substantial training in teaching methods lasting more than two days.

2

This should be additional to any training received as part of your primary medical qualification.

Please see the notes below on 'substantial training in teaching'. 

I have had brief training in teaching methods lasting no more than two days or online modules.

1

 This should be additional to any training received as part of your primary medical qualification.

I have had no training in teaching methods.

0

Glossary of teaching section terms

Local - this means the programme is confined to a local hospital, trust or university setting.

Designing and organising - this means you have identified a gap in the teaching provided and have worked with local tutors to design and organise a teaching programme and arrange teachers. You have delivered at least one of the sessions yourself.

Substantial training in teaching - this means you have undergone formal training, lasting more than 2 days (whole time equivalent). Substantial training is defined here as more than the usual short (one or two day) course which is mandatory for most trainee doctors, and more than the usual online modules completed in a few hours. This does not necessarily need to be a single course but where multiple courses have been attended, these must be complimentary and not covering similar topics.

Evidence of attendance and reflection on learning should be available. 

Feedback - this means you have either evidence of  senior observation and feedback (e.g. Developing the Clinical Teacher form) or that there has been independent collection and analysis of participants' feedback forms. Independent feedback should ideally be supported by a letter or certificate from a course organiser/deputy, local tutors or a report detailing the analysis. It is also important that you have reflected upon feedback received and can comment on this on your application form and at interview if questioned.

Quality improvement (max 10 points)

Six options are available here, with a maximum score available of 10.

The QI project may be a new project or might involve the further development and sustainability of an existing change project.

Clinical audit is a QI project against known standards and/or benchmark. This must demonstrate use of QI methodology and repeated Plan Do Act Study Act cycles. Clinical audits which do not follow this QI methodology should be scored no higher than the two point option below.

Please note

  • You cannot claim a presentation of your quality improvement project in the presentation section of the application form; any presentations relating to audits or quality improvement projects must be detailed here as the scoring system is set up to include this.

  • You can only choose an option based on a single quality improvement project. If you have been involved in more than one you will need to pick the option corresponding to the highest-scoring statement which is applicable. In addition please use the accompanying text-box to give details of what your involvement was, so that interviewers will be aware of the depth of your experience with quality improvement.
  • You can only score points for a QI project if you have implemented repeated change cycles. If you have not completed the audit cycle the only option which is relevant here is that which gains 2 points.

Additional guidance

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.

 Quality improvement
OptionScore available
(max 10)
Notes

I have designedled and implemented change using QI methodology through a QI project (1),

and

I have presented the complete results at a meeting

10

You had a lead role in devising the question to be asked (or how an existing project could be developed further/sustained), developing the project plan, identifying potential solutions, implementing repeated change cycles, collating and presenting the data, and identifying sustainability for the work.

(1) likely to be working as part of a team but must evidence in own role within QI project demonstrable leadership in design,  implementation and learning 

I have designedled and implemented change using QI methodology through a QI project (1); but I have not presented the results

8

As above; but the work was not presented by you

(1) likely to be working as part of a team but must evidence in own role within QI project demonstrable leadership in design and implementation

I have actively participated in using QI methodology through a QI project,

and

I have presented the complete results at a meeting

6 You participated actively in the project and presentation of the findings, but did not design or take a leading role in the project

I have actively participated in using QI methodology through a QI project;

but I have not presented the complete results at a meeting

4 You participated actively in the project, but did not design, take a leading role, or present the project
I have participated only in certain stages of a quality improvement project 2 For example, you assisted with data collection for the project
none/other: please specify 0 This option can be used for anything else you think is relevant that cannot be categorised above.

Please note that entries in the 'other' section do not gain marks at the short list stage, but may be taken into account should you proceed to interview.