Following the 2007 Modernising Medical Careers process, an online survey of applicants for psychiatry training posts in Scotland was undertaken. Views on short-listing, interview, communication and future recruitment were sought, qualitative and quantitative analyses being employed.
Of 200 doctors, 115 responded, representing all regions and grades. Over 75% (n=84) expressed lack of confidence in short-listing. There was no significant difference between responses of successful and unsuccessful candidates (χ2=3.66, d.f.=2, P > 0.05). A total of 45% perceived interviews as invalid (n=55). About two-thirds (66%, n=69) felt communication was poor. Constructive suggestions for 2008 were made.
Although highlighting inadequacies in the 2007 process, trainees offered valid suggestions for future recruitment into specialty training, information being obtained quickly and efficiently.