Planning your career
How do you get into the specialty you want? You need to make the most of your first two years as a junior doctor. Alex Jones tells us how to do this, with a focus on the UK
Training of junior hospital doctors in the United Kingdom is currently undergoing extensive change under Modernising Medical Careers.1 The changes are intended to provide progressive and continuous run-through training for newly qualified doctors to reach the consultant grade in a shorter time (box 1). This has been brought about by the British government's desire to provide a more consultant led NHS with an increase in consultant numbers.1
The starting point of this training scheme is the foundation programme, which you can apply to enter once you graduate from medical school. The foundation years are intended to ensure development of generic competencies while also allowing a doctor to develop key skills and interests that may be more specific to their chosen career pathway.
In these two years the trainee must gain comprehensive written evidence of their achievements in the form of a learning portfolio. This portfolio will be in both printed