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ACADEMIC 2017/ELIGIBILITY


  1. I graduated from a non-UK medical school and want to apply for an academic programme; is that possible?
  2. I graduated from a UK medical school a few years ago but I want to apply for the Academic Foundation Programme starting in 2018, is this possible?

ACADEMIC 2017/general


  1. Are all academic foundation posts the same? How do they differ from standard foundation posts?
  2. Is an Academic Foundation Programme the only route into academic medicine?
  3. Will doing an academic post mean I have less clinical experience?
  4. Do I need to complete the same clinical assessments as other foundation doctors? How do I do this if I am based in a lab?
  5. Is there an academic curriculum?
  6. Is the AFP only for trainees who a career in research?
  7. To apply for the AFP do I need an intercalated degree?
  8. Where do I find out more information about academic posts?
  9. What projects might I do as part of the AFP?

ACADEMIC 2017/RECRUITMENT


  1. Is an academic foundation programme the only route into a career in academic medicine?
  2. What is the Academic Foundation Programme?
  3. How do I apply for an academic foundation programme?
  4. I graduated from a non-UK medical school and want to apply for an academic foundation programme; is that possible?
  5. I graduated from a UK medical school in a previous year but want to apply for the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) starting in August 2018. Is this possible?
  6. What is an academic unit of application?
  7. Why can I only apply to two AUoAs?
  8. If I apply for an academic programme, will I have to take the SJT (selection assessment for FP 2018)?
  9. Will I have to supply any supplementary information with my academic application?
  10. Is there any way I can prepare for my academic application?
  11. When will the AFP2018 programmes be available?
  12. Am I excluded from applying to the Foundation Programme 2018 if I am unsuccessful in my academic application?
  13. Where in Oriel can I find information regarding my Academic application outcome?
  14. My status on my Oriel dashboard says? Interview Complete? Does this mean I will receive an offer?
  15. My status on my Oriel dashboard says ? Interview Unsuccessful? What does this mean?
  16. When will I receive the outcome of my Academic application?
  17. How long do I have to accept/ decline an offer?
  18. What happens if I decline my AFP offer? Could I still be considered for FP?
  19. What happens if I do not accept an offer within the 48 hour period?
  20. I have applied to two AUoAs and have not been offered my preferred option; can I decline my current offer and wait to see if I get my preferred option in cascade?
  21. I have not received an offer on 17th January 2018; does this mean that I will not receive any Academic offers?
  22. What happens if I do not receive any AFP offers?
  23. What does my AFP match ranking score consist of?

ACADEMIC 2017/ELIGIBILITY


  1. I graduated from a non-UK medical school and want to apply for an academic programme; is that possible?

    Yes, but you will first need to submit an eligibility application to the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office between 26 June - 21 August 2017 in order to determine if you meet all the eligibility criteria for entry to the Foundation Programme.

    More information about the eligibility checking process is available on the Eligibility Applicant Guidance on the UKFPO website.

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  2. I graduated from a UK medical school a few years ago but I want to apply for the Academic Foundation Programme starting in 2018, is this possible?

    If you qualified prior to 01 August 2016, you will first need to submit an eligibility application to the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office between 26 June- 9 August 2017 in order to determine if you meet all the eligibility criteria for entry to the Foundation Programme.  You will also be required to undertake the national clinical assessment to make sure your clinical skills have been maintained at an appropriate level.  More information about the eligibility checking process is available on the How to Eligibility information page of the UKFPO website.

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ACADEMIC 2017/general


  1. Are all academic foundation posts the same? How do they differ from standard foundation posts?

    Academic foundation posts vary in content and length. With respect to content, some focus on research; some on medical education; some on management/leadership and some a combination of all three. The length of AFPs vary considerably from standalone four-month blocks to integrated two-year programmes. It is important to research programmes before you apply so that you can pick the best one for you.

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  2. Is an Academic Foundation Programme the only route into academic medicine?

    No, it is one possible route which allows doctors to sample academic medicine at an early stage in their careers.  You do not have to complete the Academic Foundation Programme to be eligible to apply for an academic clinical fellowship (ACF) at ST1 level as part of your specialist training (e.g. paediatrics, neurology, radiology).  Many doctors will enter academic medicine through an ACF post at ST3 level. It is also possible to compete for funding from the Wellcome Trust, MRC, Cancer UK etc. for a PhD at a later stage in your career without having done an Academic Foundation Programme or been in an ACF post.

    However, entry criteria for ACF posts will include evidence of academic ability and therefore applicants will have to demonstrate they have achieved some academic output during their earlier training (e.g. peer reviewed publication, national presentation, etc.).

    More information on post-foundation academic careers can be found in the Rough Guide to the Academic Foundation Programme.

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  3. Will doing an academic post mean I have less clinical experience?

    Academic foundation posts are carefully designed to ensure that you have sufficient time to develop clinical skills and experience. As such, trainees normally feel that they have plenty of time to complete their clinical and academic work. 

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  4. Do I need to complete the same clinical assessments as other foundation doctors? How do I do this if I am based in a lab?

    The UKFPO has minimum clinical criteria that all foundation doctors need to achieve regardless of rotation. Some trainees may find they need to be more proactive than their clinical colleagues to fit the assessments in with their other commitments, but they are very achievable. Some foundation schools will also allow you to do more assessments in other blocks.

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  5. Is there an academic curriculum?

    There is a Compendium of Academic Competences which details competences that you could work towards during your AFP. The eportfolio is used to demonstrate achievements and there is a series of forms specifically designed for academic foundation doctors.

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  6. Is the AFP only for trainees who a career in research?

    No, it is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in clinical work combined with research, medical education or medical leadership/management.

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  7. To apply for the AFP do I need an intercalated degree?

    No, this is not a requirement.

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  8. Where do I find out more information about academic posts?

    The foundation school websites will provide more information on the academic posts they offer and their structure.

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  9. What projects might I do as part of the AFP?

    There are lots of opportunities for projects in the Academic Foundation Programme. Have a look at the Academic webpages of the UKFPO website for information on what current and past academic trainees have completed.

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ACADEMIC 2017/RECRUITMENT


  1. Is an academic foundation programme the only route into a career in academic medicine?

    Not at all - this is one possible route that allows doctors to sample academic medicine at an early stage in their careers. You do not have to complete the Academic Foundation Programme to be eligible to apply for an academic clinical fellowship (ACF)* or equivalent role at ST1 level (e.g. paediatrics, neurology, imaging). Many doctors will enter academic medicine through an ACF post at ST3 level. It is also possible to compete for funding from the Wellcome Trust, MRC, Cancer UK, etc for a PhD at a later stage in your career without having done an Academic Foundation Programme or been in an ACF post. However, entry criteria for ACF posts will include evidence of academic ability and therefore applicants will have to demonstrate they have achieved some academic output during their earlier training (e.g. peer reviewed publication, national presentation etc.).

    More information on post-foundation academic careers can be found in the Rough Guide to the Academic Foundation Programme.

    *England only

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  2. What is the Academic Foundation Programme?

    If you are interested in research, management and leadership or teaching then the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) might be the right choice for you. The Academic Foundation Programme has been designed to allow you to develop academic skills in addition to the clinical skills acquired by all foundation doctors, at the same as exploring academia as a career. The Rough Guide to the Academic Foundation Programme will provide you with the guidance and information you need, covering everything from the application process to the options available to you post-AFP. Each of the foundation schools also has a dedicated site relating to their academic programmes which provides additional information.

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  3. How do I apply for an academic foundation programme?

    The application form is the same for both the Academic and standard Foundation Programme; however academic applicants will have additional sections on the form to complete.

    First, you must ensure that you are eligible to apply. Information regarding the eligibility process for UKFP 2018 is available under the Eligibility section of the website.

    If you are currently studying at a UK Medical School, they can provide you with the relevant information and will be responsible for nominating you for the application process.

    You will then need to complete the online application form between 03 and 14 October 2016. In the academic selection section of the form, you would be required to submit a separate application form if you wish to apply for an AFP. You can apply to up to two academic units of application (AUoAs). Each AUoA will then have its own local process for short-listing and interviewing.

    More information about how to apply, together with the timeline, is available in the FP/AFP 2017 Applicant's Handbook .

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  4. I graduated from a non-UK medical school and want to apply for an academic foundation programme; is that possible?

    Yes, but you will first need to submit an eligibility application to the UKFPO's Eligibility Office between 26 June - 09 August 2017 in order to determine if you meet all the eligibility criteria for entry to the Foundation Programme. The process for applying for an AFP is described in the previous FAQ. More information about the eligibility checking process can be found on the Eligibility section of the UKFPO website.

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  5. I graduated from a UK medical school in a previous year but want to apply for the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) starting in August 2018. Is this possible?

    Yes it is.:

    If you qualified later than 1 August 2016, you should contact your UK medical school and ask them to nominate you to apply for FP/AFP 2018. You will then be able to apply at the same time as all other applicants.

    If you qualified prior to 1 August 2016, you will first need to submit an eligibility application to the UKFPO's Eligibility Office between 26 June - 09 August 2017 in order to determine if you meet all the eligibility criteria for entry to the Foundation Programme. You will also be required to undertake the national clinical assessment to make sure your clinical skills have been maintained at an appropriate level. More information about the eligibility checking process can be found on the Eligibility information page of the UKFPO website.

    For more details on the academic section of the application form, please see the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook.

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  6. What is an academic unit of application?

    An academic unit of application (AUoA) is a group of one or more foundation schools that have joined together for the purposes of processing AFP applications. These can be different to the Units of Application (UoA) for the Foundation Programme.

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  7. Why can I only apply to two AUoAs?

    By limiting the number of applications to two UoAs, the UKFPO has found that more applicants secure an AFP post whilst still allowing a level of choice. Historically, a number of academic vacancies remained unfilled each year, when a single applicant received several offers and other applicants were unable to then take up these posts.

    Another reason is that applicants to academic programmes have indicated that geography is the more important factor when selecting where to apply for the majority of applicants, followed by the type of academic programme on offer. Allowing applicants to apply to two AUoAs addresses the first factor and allows a level of choice for the second factor from an applicant's viewpoint.

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  8. If I apply for an academic programme, will I have to take the SJT (selection assessment for FP 2018)?

    Yes, all applicants to the Foundation Programme and Academic Foundation Programme 2018 must sit the SJT. Although your SJT score will not be used to rank you for the purposes of issuing AFP offers, all AFP offers will be made subject to a satisfactory SJT score which means you must score highly enough to remain in the process.

    If you are unsuccessful in gaining an academic programme, or decline all AFP offers you receive, your SJT score will form part of the total (FP application score) used to rank you for the purposes of allocating you to a unit of application in the national FP process.

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  9. Will I have to supply any supplementary information with my academic application?

    Yes. Each AUoA will decide what additional information it wishes to receive from its applicants. Please see the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook for more details.

    In addition, there will be space on the application form for you to list any further educational achievements you have over and above the ones you list in the Educational Achievements section of the form.

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  10. Is there any way I can prepare for my academic application?

    We recommend that you collect evidence to support your educational achievements (additional degree, publication, presentation, academic prize) well in advance of the application period, as this may take longer than you think. You should familiarise yourself with the SJT as all applicants will be expected to sit the test. More information on the SJT can be found in the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook and there is a practice paper available on the UKFPO website.

    Maybe most importantly you should familiarise yourself with the short-listing and interview timetable for your preferred AUoAs and ensure you will be able to attend an interview when required. If you will not be able to attend an interview for a particular AUoA, you may need to revise your options.

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  11. When will the AFP2018 programmes be available?

    The academic programmes available for AFP 2018 in each AUoA will be available to view on Oriel from 21 August 2017.

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  12. Am I excluded from applying to the Foundation Programme 2018 if I am unsuccessful in my academic application?

    No, if your AFP application is unsuccessful (or if you decline all AFP offers you receive), you will automatically be included in the main FP application process.

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  13. Where in Oriel can I find information regarding my Academic application outcome?

    Log into your Oriel account and click onto the ‘Applications tab’ to view the status of your application, you will find any AFP offers under the ‘Offers’ tab on your dashboard.

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  14. My status on my Oriel dashboard says? Interview Complete? Does this mean I will receive an offer?

    It does not mean that you will definitely receive an AFP offer. You may receive an offer, however it will depend on your ranking and the availability of academic programmes.

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  15. My status on my Oriel dashboard says ? Interview Unsuccessful? What does this mean?

    This means that you will not receive an offer as you have scored below the threshold at interview.

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  16. When will I receive the outcome of my Academic application?

    The Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) national offers will be made on 17th January 2018, between 9am -10am.

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  17. How long do I have to accept/ decline an offer?

    Applicants will have 48 hours to accept from when they receive their offer to accept or decline the offer on Oriel.

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  18. What happens if I decline my AFP offer? Could I still be considered for FP?

    If you decline an AFP offer, you will automatically be included in the Foundation Programme (FP) allocation process. However, please note that if you accept and AFP offer and then decline the offer / withdraw from the AFP selection process, you will also be withdrawn from the national allocation process to FP.

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  19. What happens if I do not accept an offer within the 48 hour period?

    The system will assume that you wish to decline to offer. You will not be offered any further programmes from within the AUoA vacancy. If you have applied to a second AUoA, you may still receive an AFP offer. If not, you will be included in the national allocation process to FP.

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  20. I have applied to two AUoAs and have not been offered my preferred option; can I decline my current offer and wait to see if I get my preferred option in cascade?

    Yes, you can decline your offer and wait to see if you receive an offer during the offers cascades. However, please note that it is not guaranteed that you would receive an offer from your preferred AUoA. If you do not receive the second offer you will be included in the FP allocation process.

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  21. I have not received an offer on 17th January 2018; does this mean that I will not receive any Academic offers?

    You may receive offers during the offers cascade process on the following dates:-

    1. 24 January 2018 (between 09:00 -10:00)

    2. 31 January 2018  (between 09:00 – 10:00)

    3. 07 February 2018 (between 09:00 – 10:00)

    4. 12 – 14 February 2018 (Final ‘mop up’ process)

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  22. What happens if I do not receive any AFP offers?

    If you do not receive any AFP offers, you would be included in the national allocation process for FP.

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  23. What does my AFP match ranking score consist of?

    AFP match ranking score = educational/academic decile score + AUoA score.

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