Cardiothoracic training is particularly competitive but extremely rewarding, so with enough preparation and drive, it’s definitely achievable!
Training is either run-through (application after foundation year 2 into ST1) or after core surgical training (ST3-8). The selection process includes an interview and structured clinical examination. The person specification and interview shortlisting criteria for each programme are provided in the links below:
General page for cardiothoracic training, Wessex Deanery: http://www.wessexdeanery.nhs.uk/recruitment/national_ct_surgery_st1__st3.aspx