How much study time will I get as a junior doctor?
- By: Caroline Elton
Caroline replies . . .
When the foundation programme was first devised, the initial intention was that trainees wouldn’t start immediately, sitting postgraduate specialty exams during their foundation years. Although this remains the case with certain specialties—for example, general practice—many trainees who have set their sights on one of the medical or surgical specialties, start preparing for the first stages of Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) or Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) during their foundation training.
But as the educational focus of the foundation programme is to provide generic as opposed to specialty specific training, the programme does not include study leave to prepare for specialty exams such as part 1 of the MRCP. Foundation trainees are allowed to use study leave to be away from work to sit a given examination. This means that if you want to take a specialty exam during