Academic Foundation Programme
The AFP aims to help foundation doctors develop skills in research, teaching, and medical leadership. Trainees on an AFP have protected time, primarily in F2, that is set aside for academic work. The amount of protected time varies between programmes.
F2 trainees may have an academic placement for a four-month block, day-release throughout the year, or a combination of the two.
Most trainees complete a project during their placement, such as a lab-based projects that may lead to publication in a journal, or improvement projects that aim to raise the quality of patient care. The eligibility criteria for entry are the same as for the standard Foundation Programme.
Applicants for the AFP are still expected to answer white space questions on their application form.
You can see the number and type of programmes available for 2018-19, as well as interview dates, on our Choosing AFP Foundation Schools page.
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In order to be eligible for academic foundation training on a UK programme, candidates must
- have a GMC-recognised medical degree on commencement of the AFP;
- expect to obtain provisional GMC registration on commencement of the AFP;
- are a national of the UK or EEA, a final year medical student in the UK, or have the right to work as a doctor in training in the UK;
- have written approval from the Dean of their medical school;
- can start working on commencement of the AFP;
- are in good standing with the GMC, and fit to practise in line with the GMC’s ‘Good Medical Practice’ guidance;
- have qualified from a UK medical school within two years of the programme’s start date, or have completed the UKFPO national clinical assessment;
- are able to supply all requested documents – including immigration status details, GMC registration status, and details of their right to work in the UK; and
- able to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues in English by
- following GMC’s guidance in ‘Good Medical Practice’;
- providing an IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7.5 in speaking, listening, reading, and writing; or
- proving that their primary medical qualification was obtained solely in English, including 100% of examinations, and at least 75% of patient contact.