A friend applied for UK adult ICM, and in his application there were up to 6 points for extracurricular activities, with 6 for outstanding international sporting, musical, or volunteering achievements.
See link for UK ICM application scoring:
(for those who are interested, here is the paediatric subspeciality version, my speciality: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2018-07/ntn_grid_longlisting_and_shortlisting_scoresheet_2019_0.pdf)
This is not universal in speciality posts in the UK. For paediatric subspecialities while applications support expressing a balanced work-life balance, it does not seek to reward unusual effort outside of medicine.
Do people think it's fair or desirable to prioritise these achievements? Does it produce good well rounded doctors, or does it encourage a lack of diversity in personalities in a field? I note there are no points for having a family, which may interfere with world class achievements elsewhere.
I would suggest that in a speciality with a lot of burnout like ICM, we should encourage a wide variety of personalities to work in the field, some of whom might be type-A perfectionists who seek to achieve perfection and achievements in all aspects of life, maybe we need some people who just go home, unwind, and chill, play games, play with their kids, go for a walk, whatever. If you get a lot of people with the same personality type in a department or speciality you will exclude other people who would make good doctors and help balance the team. I'm not sure having a grade 8 piano certificate makes you a better doctor, helps you at 1am when you are talking to a family about withdrawing care.
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