1st Edition

Secrets of Success: Getting Into Foundation Training

ISBN 9781853158865
Published September 9, 2008 by CRC Press
192 Pages

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Book Description

Secrets of Success: Getting into Foundation Training is written for medical students applying to the UK Foundation Programme and is specifically intended to guide applicants through all stages of the online process. Getting into Foundation Training offers effective strategies and techniques to help you tackle the application form, and provides detailed guidance on individual questions from real application forms to help maximize your chances of obtaining a competitive Foundation Programme rotation.

Key features:

  • Shows you how to plan and think about your answers, using a logical and systematic approach
  • Focuses on how to improve your application by applying effective structure to your answers
  • Explains what sets good candidates apart, and how to make yourself a more competitive applicant
  • Discusses the tricks and tips that are key to producing a successful application that really stands out
  • Covers all major topics from recent application forms, including: 'Coping under pressure', 'Prioritization', 'Team working and leadership', 'Professional integrity' and 'The patient as the central focus of care'
  • Written in an accessible and engaging style, with space for the reader to add their own notes

    Getting into Foundation Training is designed to become a personalized workbook as the reader progresses through the application process, and is a must-have on every medical student's reading list.

  • Table of Contents

    The philosophy of ‘Maximize Your Medical Career’
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    1. The Foundation Programme - Mark J Portou
    2. A guide to the UK Foundation schools - Mark J Portou
    3. The application process for the Foundation Programme - Mark J Portou, Manoj Ramachandran, and Marc A Gladman
    4. Creating a winning application - Marc A Gladman, Manoj Ramachandran, and Mark J Portou
    5. Educational achievements - Elena Nikiphorou
    6. Non-academic achievements - Mark J Portou, Manoj Ramachandran, and Marc A Gladman
    7. Coping under pressure - Sukhjinder Nijjer and Jasdeep Gill
    8. Prioritization - Shondipon K Laha, Marc A Gladman, and Manoj Ramachandran
    9. Team working and leadership - Shalini Kawar and Manoj Ramachandran
    10. Professional integrity - Philip J Smith
    11. The patient as the central focus of care - Mark J Portou, Manoj Ramachandran, and Marc A Gladman
    12. Teaching, learning, audit, and research - Jasdeep Gill
    13. The curriculum vitae - Philip J Smith and Manoj Ramachandran
    Appendix: Person specification for entry to the Foundation Programme

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    Marc A Gladman PhD, MRCOG, MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Gen Surg)
    UKCRC Clinical Lecturer in Surgery, Centre for Academic Surgery, Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK

    Manoj Ramachandran BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Tr&Orth)Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Barts and The London NHS Trust, London, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK

    Mark J Portou MBChB(Hons)
    ST2 in Surgery-in-General, London Deanery, London, UK


    This book is timely and is an effort to help students applying for their F1 and F2 positions. This is a useful little book which can be recommended to senior students preparing for this all-important application.
    Ulster Medical Journal, 2009; 78(3)