Teaching hospital versus district general
Does it matter where you do your UK foundation training?
January is the month when most final year students’ thoughts turn from upcoming exams to life after graduation. Of the 8000 students wanting to pursue a career in the United Kingdom, almost all will have been allocated a foundation school through the foundation programme application system in December.1 The next step on the road to the wards before the last hurdle of final exams is for students to select a programme of six rotations within their allocated school.
Three rotations will make up the first year as a junior doctor (foundation year one, FY1) and the other three will make up the second year (FY2). Some foundation schools—for example, the Northern Deanery foundation school, allow students to pick only FY1 rotations at this stage, and they select FY2 preferences later in the programme.2 The rotations cover different specialties across medicine and surgery, with some based at teaching hospitals, others at