Intercalating strengthens your future job applications and can give you extra points for educational achievements on the scoring system for applications to the UK Foundation Training Programme.
- Additional degrees (maximum 5 points)
- Publications (maximum 2 points)
Read the guidance published by the UKFPO for more information.
Gaining extra points could make the difference between getting a Foundation job in your preferred region or having to move well away from family and friends. Equally, within the Foundation school that you are allocated, it may help you get the hospital rotation that you particularly want.
In applications for core and specialty training and also at Consultant level, the experience gained during a year of intercalation, and the additional degree qualification that you obtain can be strong determinants in favour of candidates.
Evidence Based Medicine
Finally, intercalated degrees often include a period of research. Medical research is great fun, though sometimes hard work. The feeling of achievement when you make a new discovery or become a valued member of a research group, is immense. Having experience of undertaking research is always helpful whatever post you end up doing as you will gain a broad range of new skills, and understand the difficulties of carrying out research whether in a laboratory or on patients or the public etc. If you are at all interested in an academic career pathway, then undertaking an intercalated degree is very important and you would be sensible to pick a degree that does include a strong research project element.