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Academic Foundation Years

The Foundation Academic Programmes at Barts and The London offer an outstanding opportunity to sample a range of clinical academic specialties.
In the F2 year, all 27 posts are based in Barts Health NHS Trust: 24 of the posts are based at The Royal London and Barts Hospitals, and 3 at Whipps Cross University Hospital.

The posts will provide you with first-rate clinical experience together with generic as well as specific research and educational exposure, which could serve as a basis for the rest of your career.

Our established academic programme is an outstanding success. Our graduates have been highly rated on the national assessment scheme and have to date almost all obtained their first choice jobs on leaving the programme.

Undertake innovative research

Our academic FY2 doctors have initiated and completed innovative research projects leading to presentations at national and international meetings, and have published their research findings both as abstracts and as full papers in a range of medical journals.

Examples of the many types of research study carried out in the last few years by academic FY2 doctors here include:

  • Beetroot juice as antihypertensive therapy (Clinical Pharmacology)
  • Nitrite and ischaemia/reperfusion injury (Clinical Pharmacology)
  • Mortality after NSTEMI: is there an ethnic variation? (Clinical Pharmacology)
  • Indices of insulin resistance associated with triglyceride concentrations in Europeans (Diabetes)
  • Appetite and gastro-intestinal hormone release throughout the menstrual cycle (Diabetes/endocrinology)
  • Vitamin D - a tale of two studies (Diabetes/Endocrinology)
  • Gender differences in adult outcome of conduct disorder in a national household population (Psychiatry)
  • Diagnosing co-morbid psychiatric disorders in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (Psychiatry)
  • Social capital and common mental disorders: analysis of the Adults Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007 (Psychiatry)
  • Validation of the Web-based BRAIN Test© (Neurosciences)
  • B cell and viral activity in multiple sclerosis (Neurosciences)
  • The development of a picture discrimination test for people with very poor vision (Neurosciences)
  • High field MRI for white matter lesion characterisation in MS (Neurosciences)
  • Validation of hepatitis serological testing in dried blood spots (Hepatology)
  • Case finding for viral hepatitis in East London (Hepatology)
  • Audit of hep B referrals in THPCT (Hepatology)
  • Clinical uses of PET/CT in Hodgkin’s and follicular lymphoma (Oncology/Nuclear Medicine)
  • Evaluation of oncolytic adenoviruses in primary ovarian cancer tissue (Oncology)
  • Break a leg: vitamin D metabolism and bone healing (A & E)
  • The heart of the matter: scoring in ER (A & E)
  • Ultra sounding the IVC to measure intravascular fluid volume (A & E)
  • Professional identity and motivation of Cameroonian medicine sellers (Public Health)
  • A new cardiovascular risk factor (Public Health)
  • HbA1c inequalities in East London primary care (Public Health)

Academic FY2 doctors at Barts and The London can also undertake educational projects, and recent examples are shown below:

  • Penicillin allergy – a knowledge improvement scheme (Pathology)
  • Prescribing skills for final year students at QMUL (Whipps Cross)
  • The journey of an Academic Foundation Year Doctor in medical education (Whipps Cross)

How to apply

The application period for medical students who are expected to obtain an MB BS degree (or equivalent) in summer 2015 is from 6 -17 October 2014. For AFP 2015, applicants will complete the national FP application form. Applicants will then actively choose if they wish to apply for an Academic programme on FPAS. Applicants wishing to apply for an AFP will be able to apply to a maximum of two Academic Units of Application (AUoA). Each AUoA will determine the supplementary information it requires and this will be collected centrally through the online Foundation Programme Application System (FPAS).

Each AUoA will determine its own interview schedule and will notify their applicants of the local process. Details of the Thames Foundation Schools process will be available in June/July 2015.

At Barts and The London we believe that accurate, first-hand information is essential for young students looking to choose the right academic programme, and we encourage prospective applicants to contact us if they need further information.

Who should apply?

Not everyone will wish to pursue an academic career. For those who succeed in clinical academia the rewards and job satisfaction are enormous. However, academic training posts are presently in short supply and competition for posts is strong.

Only the most talented and committed students are likely to succeed in their applications - they of course have a distinguished track record at medical school as indicated, for example, by a first class BSc, prizes or distinctions in exams and/or publications in journals.

Get in touch

Applicants who would like to correspond with our current academic trainees are welcome to email Salma Akhtar, Foundation Programme Coordinator at Barts and The London Hospitals (part of Barts Health NHS Trust), with a note of the programme in which they are interested.

For all other queries please contact the North East Thames Foundation School.

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