1st Edition

The Foundation Programme for Doctors Getting in, Getting on and Getting Out

    This book includes a foreword by Jane Dacre, Academic Vice President, Royal College of Physicians, Professor of Medical Education, CHIME, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist, The Whittington Hospital, London. This book prepares you for the often daunting life after medical school, detailing everything you need to know about preparing, applying and surviving. It's the most up-to-date guide available filling you in on recent important changes to the application system. This practical guide is full of valuable tips, tables, worked examples, frequently asked questions, further resources and useful addresses. Highly recommended for final year medical students and other clinical medical students preparing for their final year, this book is also invaluable for junior doctors progressing through the Foundation Programme and all those with teaching and supervisory responsibilities in medical schools and hospitals. 'An invaluable resource for our new generation of doctors. It takes readers through the process from application, to F2 and beyond. It offers useful advice in a useable and readable format. It is written by a group of current and past medical students who have lived through, and continue to live through, the insecurities of the changing medical career structures. Its style is informal, engaging and easy to absorb, so it should be a good distraction for those currently in the run-up to their finals exams. Good luck to all of you, and don't forget, Medicine is a wonderful career.' - Jane Dacre, in the Foreword.

    Section 1: Overview of Modernising Medical Careers and the foundation programme. Modernising Medical Careers. The new structure to postgraduate training. The make-up of the foundation years. Specialist training. Non-training posts. Section 2: Applying to join the Foundation Programme: MDAP and MTAS. How did MDAP work? The problems of MDAP. Welcome to MTAS. Medical school input. Applying for UoAs instead of jobs. Making the most of MTAS. Section 3: What makes a good application form? Academic achievements. Non-academic achievements. The New Doctor principles. Educational and personal reasons. Teamwork and leadership. Section 4: How to write your application form. Academic achievements. Non-academic achievements. The New Doctor principles. Educational reasons for applying to your Foundation School. Personal reasons for applying to your Foundation School. Teamwork. Leadership. Section 5: FY1 and starting out as a doctor. What it's all about. How the Foundation Programme works. How it's organised. The aims of the programme. Getting started as a new doctor. Before starting work. Contracts and job descriptions. The first day: induction. Accommodation. Salaries. Working hours. Structure of FY1. The curriculum in FY1. Formal teaching in FY1. Assessment and feedback. Why? How and where? Methods. Standards. Collating the results. Foundation Learning Portfolio. Personal Development Plan. End of FY1. Section 6: FY2 and beyond. Introduction to FY2. Structure of FY2. The curriculum in FY2. Formal teaching in FY2. FY2 placements. Shortage specialties. General practice. Academic medicine. Taster' experiences. Assessments and portfolios in FY2. The end of FY2. Specialist and GP training programmes. Changes to the system. Applying to specialist training. How it will work. Section 7: Frequently asked questions. Applying to the Foundation Programme. The Foundation Programme. Section 8: Useful resources. Careers advice. Useful organisations. Defence organisations. British Medical Association. General Medical Council. Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. Income protection. Royal Colleges. UK deaneries and foundation schools.


    Ferras Alwan, Rohin Francis, Emma Jane Smith