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· APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE.
The Committee desires to assist Students and Graduates seeking Government, Educational, Commercial, and other appointments. Students desiring advice as to the best course of study to be pursued with a view to certain callings are advised to consult the Committee. All communications should be addressed to The Convener, The Appointments Committee.
A Special Committee advises Students thinking of preparing for the Indian and Home Civil Service.
A Special Sub-Committee will deal with appointments for Women as Inspectors of Factories, Secretaries, etc.
Among the other appointments concerning which advice and assistance will be given by the Committee are:
1. Indian and Colonial Universities, Training Colleges, and Schools.
2. The Indian, Straits Settlements, Federated Malay States, Hong-Kong and other Police Forces. [The age for these Services is from 19 to 21. They are specially suited for young men combining good physique with sufficient attainments.]
3. Assistants in the British Museum, and in the Natural History Department; also in the Royal Scottish Museum. [Age 20 to 25.]
4. Student Interpreterships for the Ottoman Dominions, Persia, Greece, and Morocco. [Age 18 to 24.]
5. Student Interpreterships in China, Japan, and Siam.
6. General Consular Service.
7. Inspectors of Factories.
8. Colonial Appointments generally.
9. Indian Finance and Customs Appointments.
10. Agricultural and Forestry Appointments.
It is the desire of the Committee also to get into touch with
business men, with a view to promoting the interests of University Graduates in the sphere of commerce. A Special Sub-Committee has been appointed for this purpose.
The Committee cannot undertake to find appointments for applicants. Its function is confined to advising and assisting. Application for such advice should not be left till the last moment.
GENERAL STATEMENT CONCERNING GOVERNMENT SERVICES OPEN TO GRADUATES HOLDING A DEGREE IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY, REGISTERED UNDER THE MEDICAL ACT.
(Detailed information may be obtained by applying to the Dean of the Medical Faculty.)
A young graduate of good professional attainments, unimpeachable character, and sound physical condition will find a professional career in one or other of the Services has many advantages and attractions. Amongst these may be mentioned:
1. That from the time of entrance he receives remuneration on a scale which is sufficient for his independence and maintenance. 2. That he receives after entrance a further training which is particularly adapted to fit him for the duties of the service he is entering.
3. He will have excellent opportunities in India or certain of the Colonial appointments for original research or for occupying teaching positions.
4. His efficiency and seniority entitle him to advancement to higher rank or grade, which, whilst involving greater responsibilities, receive correspondingly higher emoluments.
5. He is able to return home on leave after a certain period of service.
6. He becomes entitled to a gratuity or pension on retirement according to length of service.
1. The Royal Naval Medical Service.
2. The Army Medical Service.
3. The Indian Medical Service.
4. Colonial Medical Appointments.
(The conditions affecting No. 4 differ widely from the others. They will be considered in a separate section).
For entrance to the Services marked 1, 2, and 3 special competitive examinations take place in London twice yearly (usually in January and July). Candidates are arranged in the lists in order, according to the total of marks obtained, and vacancies are filled by the names of those who stand highest in the list. If a candidate does not obtain a place he may compete again.
Before admission to the Entrance Examination certain preliminary requirements are to be complied with. The Candidate must make a declaration that he will be between twenty-one and twenty-eight years of age at the date of the examination, and answer such other questions as he may be asked.
The Dean of the Medical Faculty is called upon to furnish a confidential report regarding the character, conduct, professional ability, and general fitness of the Candidate for the Service (a second signatory to the moral character of the Candidate is required for the I.M.S.).
Candidates are examined as to physical fitness to enter one or other of the Services. These examinations are conducted in London usually immediately before the Competitive Entrance Examination.
Note. It is important that all students who are contemplating a career in one of the Services should submit themselves for physical examination, including condition of sight, not later than the fourth year of Medical study. Whilst this home examination would not in any way obviate appearance for the Official Physical Examination upon entrance, it would serve as an important guide to the probability of ultimate acceptance or rejection.
Candidates who are deemed qualified to compete are admitted to the Entrance Examination. This Examination differs as do the conditions of service for the three Services.
1. ROYAL NAVAL MEDICAL SERVICE.
In addition to the usual preliminaries the Candidate makes a declaration that he is of pure European descent; he is also invited to an interview by the Director-General. Having satisfied the necessary requirements he is eligible to compete in the Entrance Examination. This Examination occupies four days. The subjects and marks attached are as follows:
(a) Medicine, including Medical Pathology and Therapeutics—Paper, 400 ;
(b) Surgery, including Surgical Pathology and Clinical Surgery-Paper,
No Candidate shall be considered eligible who obtains less than half the marks in each subject. He is not allowed to compete at more than two Examinations.
A successful Candidate (now "Acting Surgeon ") proceeds to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, for two months' special training, subsequently to Haslar for four months, where he receives instruction in Naval Hygiene, Physical Training, etc. On passing the ensuing Examination (for which certain medals are awarded where special merit is exhibited) the Candidate receives his commission as Surgeon in the Royal Navy. The commission will, however, date from the day of passing the Entrance Examination. Seniority of Surgeons is determined by the sum total of the marks they obtain at the Entrance Examination and the Examinations at the conclusion of their probationary period as Acting Surgeons.
Service in the Navy may be combined with certain lecture. ships at the Naval Medical School and at Haslar. These are held by Fleet Surgeons. Charge of naval hospitals and sick quarters is placed in the hands of certain Medical Officers.
A regular system of promotion to the higher ranks of the Service is in force. Further opportunities for study are provided for.
Pay and Pension.-A Surgeon, from date of entrance, receives 14s. per diem (£255 10s. annually) and after six years' service, 18s., the amount of pay rising with length of service and rank attained. Gratuities and retired pay are awarded according to seniority and rank attained. Thus a Fleet Surgeon, after sixteen years' service, receives a gratuity on retirement of £2,250, but after twenty years' service he is eligible for a pension of £1 per diem, or after thirty years' service, of £1 10s. per diem.
An arrangement is operative whereby, after four years' service in the Royal Navy, an Officer, if he wishes, may pass from Active Service to the Reserve of Naval Medical Officers, receiving a gratuity of £500 and £25 yearly. He is then liable to service in the Royal Navy in time of war or emergency.
2. ARMY MEDICAL SERVICE.
(See general statement.) It is a special condition of this. service that candidates must be unmarried.
The Examination occupies about four days.
Written-Examination on Medical Cases and commentary upon a
Oral Examination on Clinical Cases, Medical Pathology ... Surgery
Written-Examination and report upon a Surgical Case and com-
Oral-Clinical Surgery and Pathology (including Diseases of the
(A Candidate may be rejected if he shows deficiency in general education at the Entrance or subsequent Examinations.)
Having obtained a place in this Entrance Examination successful Candidates, who are now "Lieutenants on probation, undergo further special study, first at the Royal Army Medical College and afterwards at the Royal Army Medical Corps School of Instruction at Aldershot, each course being terminated by an examination upon the subjects of study. Should he prove successful in these his commission is confirmed.
He is then appointed to a military hospital, and afterwards (in