chapter  7
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Higher degrees, diplomas and certifi cates

In recent years postgraduate medical training has become more standardised. Most doctors graduate with degrees in medicine and surgery and some with an additional intercalated bachelor’s degree. Th e majority then acquire their clinical qualifi cations – certifi cation of completion of foundation training, membership of a Royal College, exit or speciality exams and certifi cation of completion of training (CCT) with subsequent entry onto a specialist register. However changes to subspeciality training have again placed emphasis on open competitive allocation of posts, and competition for sought-aft er posts during this process is oft en strong. Furthermore, when you come to the end of this conveyor belt, how will you distinguish yourself at consultant interview and compete successfully for the post you really want? What will you off er an employer and colleagues over and above high-quality care of patients?