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ST3 Cardiothoracic Surgery – 2022 Recruitment

We like to inform applicants that 2022 recruitment (for posts starting in August 2022) will be the last year of recruitment to ST3 Cardiothoracic Surgery posts.

After the 2022 recruitment cycle entry into this specialty will be at ST1 level only.

Further information regarding the format for 2022 recruitment, applicant guide and shortlisting criteria will be available in due course on the Health Education England – Wessex website:


Surgical ST3 applicants without MRCS(A) (added 8 December 2021)

We are aware of concerns that a number of candidates who have yet to pass the MRCS (A) examination will unfortunately not now be eligible to apply for surgical training in the current recruitment round to start in 2022. This is the result of the ICBSE necessary cancellation of the next planned MRCS (A) sitting in January 2022.

If you have any questions or concerns about this please contact your surgical college for further information on this matter.