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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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Eligibility Requirements 

In order to be eligible for academic foundation training on a UK programme, candidates must


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