The perfect way to maximise your two-year Foundation Programme The perfect way to maximise your two-year Foundation Programme

Whether you intend to become an academic clinician, or want to take up a different career route, Academic Foundation Programmes (AFPs) are an ideal way to make the most of your two-year Foundation Programme. As an Academic Foundation Doctor, you will have the opportunity to develop research, teaching and leadership/management skills in addition to the current basic competences outlined in the curriculum – skills which are transferable and which will be of great value later in your career.

The Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) has produced an excellent ‘Rough Guide to the Academic Foundation Programme', which provides general information about what you can expect from the AFP.

In Norwich, Academic Foundation Doctors gain broad research experience which depending on the attachment could include both laboratory and clinical research. Academic Foundation Doctors learn how to formulate a research question, review the literature and write a research proposal. They also have formal structured teaching sessions on obtaining regulatory approval and issues of informed consent, The Human Tissue Act, confidentiality, Caldicott and data protection issues. Depending on the research project selected Academic Foundation Doctors gain experience of patient recruitment, data collection and case record form completion according to good clinical practice, as well as presentation skills and report/manuscript writing.

Academic Foundation Doctors are also involved in the teaching of the UEA medical undergraduate course and will therefore gain an understanding and practical experience of different methods of teaching and assessment.

Learn more about what being an Academic Foundation Doctor in Norwich entails, as told by current AFD, or find out more about the Academic Foundation Programmes through The Foundation Programme NHS website.