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E-Update from UKFPO

Published: 11/09/2007

This update includes:

  • Application opening dates
  • The latest on e-learning
  • What?s new on the Foundation Programme website
  • Staff changes at the UKFPO
  • New Foundation Programme information to be released soon

Applications for Foundation Programme 2008
Applications for entry into the two-year Foundation Programme beginning in August 2008 will be accepted between 29 October and 9 November 2007. The application form will be available to view from 8 October. The application process is explained fully at;

Graduates from non-UK medical schools, and those who graduated from UK medical schools before July 2006, who wish to apply must prove their eligibility to apply by submitting details of their medical school and other such information to the Eligibility Office before 12 October 2007. Go to for more information.

E-Learning for Healthcare
E-learning for Healthcare has developed an e-learning module on safe prescribing for foundation doctors. It is currently available to all foundation doctors who are using the e-portfolio.

This useful education module will be available to all foundation doctors through their foundation schools very soon.

What?s new on the website
This week we have added several new questions to the medical student FAQs, particularly focusing on applicants from non-UK medical schools.

In case you haven?t been to the website in a while, there is a lot of information in the ?How to apply? section for medical students. This includes the eligibility criteria, person specification, timeline, information on applying under special circumstances and an application process leaflet.

We?ve also just added a new section for ?Events?. If your deanery or foundation school is having an event you would like publicised, please let us know.

Staff changes at the UKFPO
We are delighted to announce the following recent appointments to the UK Foundation Programme Office.

Foundation School Advisor: James Fishwick, Foundation School Manager from the North Western Foundation School , has agreed to a part-time secondment to the UKFPO team. James brings with him a wealth of experience on foundation recruitment and is the Chair of the Foundation School Managers? Forum.

Foundation Doctor Advisor: Dr Scott Oliver , F2 doctor from Glasgow , has agreed to join the team. Scott has been heavily involved with the Foundation Programme since its inception in 2004, when, as a medical student, he acted in an advisory capacity to the Modernising Medical Careers team.

Medical Student Advisor: Matthew Mak is a final year student from Imperial College School of Medicine, London . He has been involved with the Foundation Programme over the past 18 months in his previous role as Deputy Chair (Education) of the British Medical Association's Medical Students' Committee.

Medical Student Advisor: Tim Killeen is in his final year at Leeds University and is currently on elective in Berlin . He has also studied in London and T?bingen and has a keen interest in medical education.

Project Director: Chris Willett is joining the team as Project Director. He has extensive project management experience and we look forward to working with him.

Terri Hobbs, our current Project Director will be leaving our team on 14 September 2007 to work on the Modernising Scientific Careers project at the Department of Health in London . We thank her for her hard work over the past few years, and wish her the best of luck for the future.

Coming soon . . .

PowerPoint presentation on the application process ? Available online 12 September

This presentation gives an overview of the application process and timeline; advice on planning and preparation; and information on scoring. It will be sent to medical schools/foundation schools to use as a basis for presenting this information to medical students. It will also be available to download from the website.

Foundation Applicants? Handbook ? Available online 8 October

This comprehensive handbook provides detailed infomation on the application process and how to complete each part of the application form. Specific information about how each question is scored; the process of marking; and when/how applicants will be allocated to a foundation school and matched to a programme is included.

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