Career focus: Applying for preregistration posts in Scotland
Applying for preregistration posts in Scotland Amina Hussain reports on a new preregistration house officer allocation scheme that has just completed its first year of operation in Scotland. Traditionally, Scottish medical students were left to make their own arrangements for preregistration posts with the individual consultants they had come to know, or they were entered into regional matching schemes. Postgraduate departments often had little to do with the allocation of places and merely dispatched contracts once informed to do so by consultants.
There has always been a mismatch in the supply of and demand for medical graduates within the various regions of Scotland. Traditionally, this would result in the most popular posts in a region being filled by the local medical graduates who knew the consultants, while the least popular were filled by the “overflow” of students from regions where there weren't enough posts for the local graduates. Increasingly, panic