How to prepare for an academic foundation programme interview
A run through how you should approach the different interview stations
- By: Matthew Hale
Medical students applying for the academic strand of the foundation programme (AFP) must undergo an interview to secure a place. AFP posts are a good way to explore academic medicine and represent 1 in 20 of the foundation programme training places. Trainees have time-protected periods away from their clinical commitments to undertake academic activities, such as teaching and research.
Many AFP interviews follow the multiple mini interview (MMI) format, requiring applicants to rotate between two to four different stations to show a variety of different skills in rapid succession. Each station lasts between 10 and 20 minutes. In their responses, candidates should clearly outline their personal, clinical, and academic interests while providing concise, well structured answers to the broad range of questions asked.
You may not have had an interview since your application to medical school.1 This article offers guidance on how to answer different interview questions as well