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Foundation training doctors

After completing the undergraduate medical degree, the next part of the training as a doctor involves the two year Foundation Training programme. This is in effect the first paid job as a doctor.

The training comprises foundation year one (FY1) and foundation year two (FY2). After successful completion of FY1 a doctor will be able to apply for full registration with the GMC.

The foundation programme usually involves six different rotations or placements in medical or surgical specialties. These rotations enable a doctor to practice and gain competence in basic clinical skills. They will also be able to develop non-clinical skills such as communication and team work whilst gaining experience in a number of specialty areas.

In order to practise unsupervised as a doctor in the UK you will need to complete one year of Foundation Training.

How do I apply for Foundation Training?

You will have to apply through a national application process. The Foundation Programme website has full details if you are currently studying at a UK medical school they will provide you with the relevant information and will be responsible for nominating you for the application process you will need to make an online application in the autumn for a Foundation Programme commencing the following summer. Key dates can be found in the UKFPO Applicant's Handbook you will need to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT).