Taster days for UK foundation doctors
- By: Peter Richard Scott Craig, Scarlett McNally
Whether you are just starting medical school or you are preparing for life as a junior doctor, the changes in postgraduate training that followed the implementation of Modernising Medical Careers will have affected you. The current system means that although we are exposed to fewer specialties as junior doctors before we must choose a career path to follow, we are also expected to choose a career sooner than our predecessors had to. It is no longer acceptable or possible to spend lots of time as a senior house officer in different specialties before deciding on what to do long term. The streamlining of the job ladder is not a bad thing, but it does raise the question of how you make an informed choice about whether or not to enter a specialty without having worked in it first.
The UK Foundation Programme Office (www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk), the body responsible for organising your