I am more than an MTAS score
- By: Pippa Dwan
MTAS (the UK Medical Training Application Service for allocating junior doctors’ training jobs) was introduced in our second year of medical school and has been quietly hanging over us since then. The goalposts were set—ranking of candidates and much more emphasis than before on free text questions rather than experience or exam results.
In my first year I enjoyed university, got involved, and just passed my exams. This left my grades average. For the next three years I pushed myself academically as well as tried to collect some other MTAS points. Prizes, publications, presentations, sports, union positions, and the list goes on. Sadly I thought I was becoming a point searching machine.
After working hard on the form and feeling the constant pressure of MTAS for most of my clinical years I was relieved when the final submission date came. I received 84 points. A respectable score without a bachelor