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Interview for FP entry 2021

The interview for recruitment to the position of Foundation doctor is directed by the Human Resources Department of the Department of Health and the Public Service Commission of the Government of Malta. The Public Service Commission may make changes to the process from year to year. The Malta Foundation School is in a position to issue guidance on this process based on that which was undertaken in the previous years.

With the introduction of the Situational Judgement and Clinical Test in 2016, this aspect of the process will be standardised in this test, and the interview is expected to address mainly the aspects below.

Please keep yourself updated by visiting this site regularly in the run up to the Recruitment process.

NB: In view of the unpredictable COVID-19 situation, this year the Situational Judgement and Clinical Test will NOT be held. A Clinical assessment during the interview will be held instead. Further details on this aspect of the interview may be found below.

The interview

The interview is usually conducted by five interviewers who will:

1.    verify the information provided in the application form. Those applicants who are not able to verify claims made in the application form or provide the documents required will not be able to proceed further in the selection process.

2.    verify claims made about language proficiency and assess Personal Qualities.

3.    ask questions which address relevant experience, qualifications, communication and personal qualities.

4.    ask questions on clinical scenarios as outlined in more detail below.

 

Marking

Please note that the below marking is based on the previous recruitment year's marking procedure. This is ultimately decided by the Interview Board which is appointed by the Malta Public Service Commision. Thus the marking and distribution of marking may change from year to year.

The final distribution of marking for this year's recruitment process will be issued once the Interview Selection Board is appointed. Please visit this site regularly to keep updated.

 

Table 1: Breakdown of marks

Deciles

 

220

Qualifications and Educational achievements

 

20

Communication

 

100

Situational Clinical Judgement Assessment

 

120

Relevant Experience

 

40

TOTALS

 

500

 

The breakdown of marks in Table 1  is fully explained below:

Section 1.  Decile ranking system from Medical School

Deciles

220 marks

 Based on decile ranking provided by the relative University the following marks will be awarded:

 1st decile

220

2nd decile

215

3rd decile

210

4th decile

205

5th decile

200

6th decile

195

7th decile

190

8th decile

185

9th decile

180

10th decile

175

 

 Section 2. Qualifications and other educational achievements

Qualifications and other educational achievements:

20 marks

Qualifications:  maximum of 10 marks as outlined below

Additional degrees include Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates, no matter the subject of study

- Only credit for one additional degree is given.

- Credit is given for the degree which attracts the highest number of marks (eg if  you have an MA and a PhD, you get credit for the PhD)

- The better the final result of the degree, the higher the number of marks awarded (eg. a 1st class BSc degree will give more marks than a 3rd class degree)

 

MARKS

Qualification

0

Primary Medical Qualification only

3

Honours degree 3rd class, unclassified or ordinary degree.

3

Any intercalated degree that did not entail an extra year of study.

4

Honours degree 2.2 class

5

Honours degree 2.1 class

7

Masters degree, Honours degree 1st class, Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS), B Vet Med

10

Doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, etc)

 

Other Educational achievements:  maximum of 10 marks as outlined below

List national prizes, bursaries, publications in peer-reviewed journals, posters or presentations at national conferences gained after finishing secondary education (or equivalent). For prizes and bursaries, please give details of the awarding body and any supporting information eg details of the journal the work appears in, must be included. Academic work that is not yet published but is out for review will not be awarded any marks.

Presentations and posters must be given at a national level and must present the applicant's academic work. (Presentations given during the course of a degree, or extra curricular activities eg. BMA conference presentations, do not count.)

 

Marks: (max 10)

Scoring criteria

Up to 4

2 marks for each publication. (PubMed ID and the required uploaded evidence needed)

Up to 4

2 marks for each national or international oral or poster presentation with supporting evidence, where:

a) applicant is the speaker for an oral presentation; or

b) applicant is the first named author for a poster presentation.

Up to 4

2 marks for each educational first prize at a national or international level.

 

Section 3. Communication

Communication

100 marks

  An assessment of the knowledge of the Maltese language will be done during the interview based on the below standards.

If candidate's first language is Maltese or proficient in Maltese and primary medical training conducted in English/IELTS score 7.5/English first language or is in possession of ECFRL (European Common Framework of Reference for languages) Level C2 Certificate in Maltese (or equivalent at interview) and primary medical qualification conducted in English/IELTS score 7.5/English first language

100 marks

If candidate is in possession of ECFRL (European Common Framework of Reference for languages) Level C1 Certificate in Maltese (or equivalent at interview) and primary medical qualification conducted in English/IELTS score 7.5/English first language

90 marks

If candidate is in possession of ECFRL (European Common Framework of Reference for languages) Level B Certificate in Maltese (or equivalent at interview) and primary medical qualification conducted in English/IELTS score 7.5/English first language

80 marks

If candidate is in possession of ECFRL (European Common Framework of Reference for languages) Level A Certificate in Maltese (or equivalent at interview) and primary medical qualification conducted in English/IELTS score 7.5/English first language

70 marks

If candidate is capable of basic understanding of Maltese

20 marks

If candidate is not in possession of Level B1 Certificate in Maltese/ Maltese not first language and English first language/primary medical qualification conducted in English/IELTS score 7.5

10 marks

 

Section 4. Situational Clinical Judgement Assessment

Situational Clinical Judgement Assessment

120 marks

As announced above, in view of the unpredictable COVID-19 situation, this year the Situational Judgement and Clinical Test will NOT be held. A Situational Clinical Judgement Assessment during the interview will be held instead. These are commonly encountered clinical scenarios on hospital wards which Foundation year 1 doctors will be encountering and dealing with under senior supervision, while following local and international guidelines. The assessment will be undertaken in the English language and based on questions asked in viva voce on the subject matter.

The expected subject matter forming the basis of the Situational Clinical Judgement Assessment will be mainly the below. 

• Anticoagulation management: INR and APTT
• Electrolyte management
• Acute confusional states
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath
• Post-operative complications
• Urine retention
• Collapse and shock
• Syncope
• Overdoses
• Falls in elderly persons
• Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
• The febrile patient
• Gastrointestinal bleeds
• Hepatic encephalopathy
• Ascites
• Common arrythmias
• Jaundice
• Skin rashes in the acute setting
• Low urine output
• Gynaecolgy and Obstetric emergencies
• Anaphylaxis
• Medication administration errors
• Neutropenic sepsis
• Congenital bleeding disorders
• Spinal cord compression
• Acute limb ischaemia
• Chronic limb ischaemia - ulcers and gangrene
• Deep Venous thrombosis and Pulmonary embolism
• Diabetic foot complications + sepsis
• Issues around COVID-19
• Oxygen management in wards
• Diabetes control
• Hypoglycemia
• The Early Warning Score
• Intravenous fluid prescription
• Arterial blood gas interpretation
• Infection control on the ward
• Management of venous access lines

 

Section 5. Relevant experience

Relevant experience

40 marks

In this section, marks will be given on production of evidence for relevant experience.

This may include:

  1. clinical attachments
  2. clinical electives, abroad
  3. attendance of relevant courses
  4. attendance of medical conferences
  5. participation in related committees
  6. voluntary work experiences
  7. other important educational achievements not eligible for marks under section 2
  8. extra-curricular activities which demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills

 Applicants will be asked to present evidence of relevant experience at the start of the interview for marks to be awarded in this section. Only original documents will be considered.

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