2023 National Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine (DRE-EM).


The national Recruitment Office for ST3 Defined Route of Entry - Emergency Medicine (DRE-EM) is Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber. Interviews to be confirmed

There will be no face to face interviews in 2023, all interviews will be carried out remotely (dependant on future COVID developments/restrictions).  The interview process for national ST3 DRE-EM is currently being finalised and will be confirmed on here ASAP.

Quick Guide to Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine (DRE-EM)

Please view the Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine person specification


Candidate Webinar

On 22 October 2020, The MDRS senior team held a webinar to address questions from candidates applying to all specialties in 2021 as well as offering guidance and advice. We recommend all candidates watch this in addition to reading the guidance. Please do note that the information was correct at the time of it being presented. the webinar can be found here.


Further sources of information


Important Information

For information and FAQ’s about how COVID-19 is affecting Medical and Dental recruitment, please see the information available on the specialty training website.



NB Vacancy numbers are updated as they are submitted by the regional offices




East Midlands 0
East of England 7-8
London/KSS KSS 0-2
North West (Mersey) TBC
North West TBC
North East TBC
Thames Valley 6
Scotland 0
South West (Peninsular) 0
South West (Severn) 0
Wales 0
Wessex 0
West Midlands 0-5
Yorkshire & the Humber TBC

NB These numbers are indicative and may be subject to change 

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for ST3 Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine will follow the timeline below:



Applications Open Thursday 17 November 2022
Application Deadline Thursday 8 December 2022 @4pm
Self-Assessment Validation Upload Window tbc
Interviews 15th - 17th March 2023
Initial Offers Released by Thursday 20 April 2023 by 5pm
Holding Deadline Tuesday 25 April 2023 @1pm
Upgrade Deadline Wednesday 26 April 2023 @1pm

 NB The timeline may be subject to change

Eligibility & Shortlisting

The eligibility criteria for ST3 Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine are listed in the 2023 Person Specification. It is an applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria.

All applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria during longlisting. Any applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be longlisted out of the process and will not progress to the next stage.

Please note there is no alternative certificate for ST3 Emergency Medicine recruitment. You will need to evidence your competence in the following ways:

• Provide evidence of training posts i.e. ARCP documentation or completion of ACCS training certificate

• For non-training posts, please provide your contract of employment, or a letter from your supervisor / HR / Medical Staffing on hospital headed paper. Email evidence may be provided if it has been sent from a hospital email address.

If application numbers exceed interview capacity the self-assessment scores will be used to shortlist.


“By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber HAS NOT accepted or confirmed that applicants meet all eligibility requirements.  This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the relevant national person specification.  This list is not exhaustive, and is applicable to all eligibility criteria.  Applicants may still be withdrawn from the application process at any stage, including after the interviews have taken place, if the evidence pertaining to an eligibility criterion is found to be unsatisfactory by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.”


Interview Dates

15th - 17th March 2023

Interview Format

The interview will be split into three 10 minute sections;

  • Prioritisation
  • Ethical/Clinical
  • Communication

Travel and Subsistence Expenses

N/A for 2023 as no face to face interviews will be held

Additional Information

2021 Recruitment Results


Posts Applications Submitted Candidates Interviewed Lowest score to receive an offer Posts Filled




237 155







2022 Recruitment Results

Posts Applications Submitted Candidates Interviewed Lowest score to receive an offer Posts Filled




242 139 146.3 20