2021 National Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine (DRE-EM) & ST3 ACCS Emergency Medicine.


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

There will be no face to face interviews in 2021, all interviews will be carried out remotely (dependant on future COVID developments/restrictions).  The interview process for national ST3 Emergency Medicine 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 Midlands1 1 1
East of England 5 1
London/KSS 5 KSS  2 KSS/1 Lon
North West (Mersey) 0 0
North West 0 0
North East 0 1
Thames Valley 5 0
Scotland 0 1
South West (Peninsular) 0 0
South West (Severn) 0 0
Wales 0 1
Wessex 0 1
West Midlands 0 1
Yorkshire & the Humber 2 10

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 and ST3 ACCS Emergency Medicine will follow the timeline below:



Applications Open At 10am, Thursday 26 November 2020
Application Deadline At 4pm, Thursday 17 December 2020
Self-Assessment Validation Upload Window 27th January – 3rd February 2021
Interviews 14th & 15th April 2021 
Initial Offers Released by By 5pm, Wednesday 5th May 2021
Holding Deadline At 1pm, Tuesday 11th May 2021
Upgrade Deadline At 4pm,Wednesday 12th May 2021

 NB The timeline may be subject to change

Eligibility & Shortlisting

The eligibility criteria for ST3 Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine and ST3 ACCS Emergency Medicine are listed in the 2021 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.


“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 and Venue

The interviews for Emergency Medicine will take place via the platform Microsoft Teams on 13th – 15th April 2021 (these dates are subject to change)

Candidates will be sent a link and joining instructions after they have booked their interview and in advance of the interview date.

Candidates are advised to check they have access to MS Teams before the interview day to ensure they don’t encounter any avoidable technical issues.


Interview Format

The interview will consist of one 30 minute interview panel designed to assess the selection criteria detailed on the 2021 Person Specification.

  • ·Prioritisation
  • ·Scenario (Ethical/Clinical)
  • ·Communication


Travel and Subsistence Expenses

N/A for 2021

Additional Information

2021 Recruitment Results


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




237 155

DRE-EM 181.23

ST3 ACCS 150.61