Applying to the Academic Foundation Programme
A “how to” guide
- By: Rhys Davies
Each year, the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) provides around 1 in 20 foundation programme places.1 Of the 7974 final year students who submitted applications for foundation training in 2014, 1368 applied to the Academic Foundation Programme.2
The academic programme enables junior doctors to develop their skills in research, teaching, medical leadership, and various aspects of management, depending on the options they choose.3 It also offers the opportunity to gain more in-depth experience in a chosen specialty.
The AFP will allow you to gain experience in academia, either as the starting point of an academic career or just to find out what it is really like. The programme also provides you with a wide range of skills beyond cannulation and how to write a discharge summary and can add variety to your foundation years.
The AFP runs in parallel with the Foundation Programme. AFP trainees spend most of their foundation years