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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 apect 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.


The interview

The interview is usually conducted by four 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.



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 the Recruitment 2017 process will be issued once the Interview Selection Board is appointed. Please visit this site regularly to keep updated.

 The breakdown of marks are explained in Table 1.

Table 1

Malta Foundation School Recommendations





Qualifications and Educational achievements






Related Knowledge



Relevant Experience



Personal Qualities









Subcriteria for marking The full breakdown of marks is fully explained in Table 1.

Section 1.  Decile ranking system from Medical School



225 marks

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

 1st decile


2nd decile


3rd decile


4th decile


5th decile


6th decile


7th decile


8th decile


9th decile


10th decile



 Section 2. Qualifications and other educational achievements

Qualifications and other educational achievements:

30 marks

Qualifications:  maximum of 15 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)





Primary Medical Qualification only


Honours degree 3rd class, unclassified or ordinary degree.


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


Honours degree 2.2 class


Honours degree 2.1 class


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


Doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, etc)


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 15)

Scoring criteria

Up to 6

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

Up to 6

3 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 6

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


Section 3. Communication


75 marks



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

75 marks

If candidate is in possession of ECFRL (European Common Framework of Reference for languages) Level B1 Certificate in Maltese and primary medical qualification conducted in English/IELTS score 7.5/English first language

25 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 Judgement Questions

From 2016, this section will be taken over by the Situational Judgement and Clinical Test.


Situational Judgement Questions

120 marks

This section of the interview is one of the most important. Applicants will be asked questions related to judgement in clinical situations, ethical dilemmas and professional standards and behaviour. The marks awarded in this section are drawn from the domains entitled Related Knowledge and Personal Qualities in table 1 above.

The questions asked will relate to the role of an FY1 doctor and applicants will be asked how they would respond to a particular situation as an FY1 doctor. Applicants should have the necessary knowledge and insight into what is expected of them as FY1s, drawn upon from their experience during their clinical attachments as medical students.

The areas which may be addressed in a typical clinical scenario are:

  1. basics of diagnosis and management
  2. commitment to professionalism
  3. coping with pressure
  4. effective communication
  5. patient focus
  6. working effectively as part of a team


Section 5. Relevant experience

Relevant experience

50 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.

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