Submissions will be judged by SpRs in 2nd year Basic Specialist Training (BST) and Higher Specialist Training (HST) on a bi-monthly basis. All entries will be marked using the following marking scheme.
The review should not exceed 400 words in length. Entrants may submit more than one entry at a time. The marking scheme is marked out of 30 marks.
Presentation of the key points in the paper | up to 5 marks
- Concise background information and aim.
- Clear explanation of the study design - patient selection/clinicalcriteria/methods/statistical methods.
- Results delivered in a concise manner/correct interpretation of results based on an understanding of the paper.
- Clear statement that represents the authors’ conclusions.
Discussion of the strengths and limitations of the study | up to 10 marks
- Interpretation of results and conclusion
The Trainee’s interpretation of the study | up to 15 marks
- A reflective paragraph on how this paper has influenced the entrant in terms of the day-to-day practice and experiences.
- Consider the future direction for this work or similar studies. How might it be relevant to other areas of medicine? How does it apply to an Irish healthcare context?
For submissions over the word limit by more than 10%, i.e. >440 words, a deduction of 10% of overall marks.