Foundation Year 1

stethoscopeYou will start your Foundation Year 1 (FY1) after being accepted onto a Foundation Programme. Application to the Foundation Programme is through the UK Foundation Programme Office.

Further information about applying to the Foundation Programme can be found on this site here.

The Foundation Programme consists of placements or rotations and the FY1 will generally include 3 months of medicine and 3 months of surgery.

Placements vary in length depending where you are undertaking your Foundation Programme and can be 3 x 4 months, 4 x 3 months or 2 x 6 months in length.

Depending on the Foundation Programme you were selected onto your placements could include any of the 65 recognised specialities including:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Haematology

You will need to check with the Foundation School(s) that you are applying to for full listings of rotations and specialties that are available as these will vary according to the Foundation School applied to.

If you have not had the opportunity to experience a specialty of interest in year 1 it is possible with agreement to arrange a short taster ( 2 - 5 days) in that specialty. Please refer to local Foundation School policy on tasters.


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