Are some training places on the UK foundation programme better than others?
- By: Caroline Elton
The answer to this questions hinges on your definition of “better,” because everyone will have different priorities in terms of what they want to get out of their foundation training years. Some of the main factors that medical students often take into account when choosing a foundation school include:
It is worth looking at the General Medical Council’s annual national trainee survey,2 which collects the responses of over 98% of trainees each year and asks them about things such as the workload and clinical supervision they receive. However, to find out the nitty gritty about each foundation school and rotation it is best to ask foundation doctors on the ground about their experiences. You can talk to them about the realities of work, such as the rotas and balance between the level of teaching you receive versus the level of service provision you’ll be expected to deliver. There are also