The academic foundation programme
A student shares her experience of this programme
In the UK medical training system, medical graduates continue their training by doing a two year foundation programme, during which they gain full registration with the General Medical Council, the independent regulator for doctors in the UK (www.gmc-uk.org/about/role.asp). Currently, much attention is being paid by medical schools towards the standard two year foundation programmes, but little is available on academic foundation programmes, despite their increasing popularity. After applying for the 2010 entry I was fortunate enough to secure a place in my preferred location.
The programme bears a similar structure to the more widely known standard two year foundation programme and carries the equivalent qualification weighting; the only difference is that a fraction of the would-be clinical training time is dedicated to academic activities.
The programme was developed after a report published by the Academic Careers Sub-Committee of Modernising Medical Careers and the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, which recommended that