Motivation/Commitment to Orthopaedics

The reason for why orthopaedics will be very personal to you. Examples of why people love this speciality:

  • Variety: clinically, academically etc
  • Constantly evolving/opportunity for research
  • Practical
  • Instant gratification
  • Enjoyed placements

This question should be answered according to the CAMP structure:

  • Clinical
  • Academic 
  • Management
  • Personal

Example answer:

“I am someone who is extremely committed to Orthopaedics.

Throughout my career, even starting at medical school, I have selected orthopaedic themed placements at every opportunity. This has allowed me to rotate through orthopaedic placements in major trauma centres, DGH settings and major teaching hospitals. In addition, Ive experienced orthopaedics outside of the UK: undertaking my orthopaedic elective in the Philippines and working as a registrar in cape town South Africa earlier this year. This has allowed me to gain exposure to orthopaedics in a variety of clinical setting. In addition, it has allowed me to perform over 400 orthopaedic operations.
I am also committed to academic orthopaedics. I was first introduced to research during my intercalated orthopaedic BSc and have subsequently worked as part of a research group and formed a research collaborative at Barts. Allowing me to obtain 2 grant applications, publish 7 papers and present over 18 pieces of work at orthopaedic and surgical conferences.
I am also passionate about orthopaedic teaching and regularly teach on the masters course at Stanmore hospital. In addition, I was bedside teaching lead at Barnet and during my CT1 year set up a national surgical skills school with a group of other trainees. We have delivered 6 national skills courses and are currently in the late stages of receiving funding from HEE to further this work. I have also personally attended multiple orthopaedic courses e.g. ATLS, AO and plastering courses.
I am also keen on management and leadership. Last year I redesigned and co-ordinated the rota at Barnet hospital. I am heavily involved in quality improvement and improving patient care and have completed and presented over 12 projects. I have solidified this management/leadership experience with an Edward Jenner award.
Outside of medicine I enjoy team based sports such as sailing. I have recently obtained my day skipper qualification. I also enjoy organising trips, recently completing a trek to Everest base camp. 
In summary, I believe you should choose me because I am an extremely committed and well rounded trainee who is always keen to learn new skills. “