Presentation on theme: "Academic Foundation Programme Applications"— Presentation transcript:
1 Academic Foundation Programme Applications Aisling Longworth & Ione WoollacottIntroduce – current 5th years, secured jobs starting this Aug (Camb +KCL), went through AFP application process in 2009.
2 Overview Why academic medicine? Opportunities and preparation for academiaThe application process:Forms and interviewsPersonal experiences
3 Why academic medicine? Research opportunities Curiosity Challenge Variety AutonomyNew advances in patient careEducationPublic engagementAvoid MTASPractise interviewsChoice over rotations and location
4 Undergraduate opportunities Research projects and experience of academia:BScSSCs and auditsWork experience placementsPresentations and publicationsPrizes and distinctionsExtracurricular activitiesTalk about dissertation and seminars - reading cutting edge literature BScsAisling – NHS ethics +SSC, Ione – work experience + SSC publicationPresentations + pub – national and international - Aisling
5 Making the most of yourself! Have confidence in your abilitiesPreparationCVContacts– DO NOT be afraid to ask!Amazing opportunities
6 How to apply: Separate process from MTAS Dean’s Statement May – July in 4th yearIndependent deaneries and deadlinesInfo on:Dean’s StatementApplication formsInterviewsDean’s statements – document on deanery website, signed by Dean,slightly different forms, prepare early
7 Application forms – content QualificationsDegrees/other qualifications eg PhD, BSc/BA, MScPrizes (local/national), honours, distinctions or meritsPublications, Presentations, PostersSSCs or elective proposalsQuartile/rankingMotivation and skills relevant to AFP wordsCareer aspirationsOvercoming challenges/setbacksPrioritisation, professional behaviour, team-workingTeaching/educationNon-academic/extracurricular achievementDownload from internet, or online, or post.
8 Application forms – tactics Ranking jobsMaximise your chances but stick to what you want!Location versus rotationFilling in the formSeek advice about answersSpelling and grammar!Relevance and honesty – answer the QUESTION!Two refereesOne academic, one clinicalAsk earlyDownload from internet, or online, or post.
9 Interviews - experiences Reason for applicationImportant academic achievementsAcademic interests and researchMotivation and career aspirationsClinical situations –Problem solving approachFocus on patient management and team working
10 Job offers Accept, Decline or Hold Clearing Know before MTAS Can only hold ONE at a timeClearingKnow before MTAS
11 Summary Prepare early Make the most of yourself Be aware of deadlines CVOpportunitiesContactsBe aware of deadlinesGOOD LUCK!