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East Region Academic Programmes

6 Academic Foundation posts

The East Region in conjunction with the University of Dundee ( and NHS Tayside offer 6 posts (E07) within the two year Academic Foundation Programme (AFP). These posts will be available from August 2018 and whilst covering all the competencies necessary for Foundation they will also include the opportunity for 6 trainees to experience academia in medicine. The primary objective of this AFP, as for all other Foundation Programmes, is to ensure satisfactory clinical training through the attainment of foundation competencies (as defined by the Foundation Curriculum and demonstrated through successful completion of the Foundation ePortfolio).

What the Academic Programme Offers

The Academic Programme offers one dedicated 4 month block in FY2 when the trainees work solely on their chosen project.  The area of this project and the department in which it is to be based will be agreed in discussion with the Deanery Academic Lead.  Trainees will be expected to complete all core clinical skills required by foundation doctors in addition to completing academic competencies set by the Deanery. 

Further information can be found at: (external site)

A mentor will be appointed to each academic trainee to offer support and guidance throughout their Academic Programme. A series of tutorials, workshops and practical skill sessions will be provided throughout the programme, supplemented with individual mentorship from an academic supervisor.

With the support of both Dundee University and NHS Tayside our academic programmes provide foundation doctors with the opportunity to develop research, teaching and leadership/management skills in addition to the current basic competencies outlined in the curriculum.

They are intended to be beneficial to both trainees who plan to go into academic medicine as well as those who choose a different medical career.  Specific areas covered will include:

  • Critical appraisal of literature
  • Writing and presentation skills
  • Statistics and data interpretation
  • Qualitative data interpretation
  • Innovation in the development of clinical skills
  • Leadership of academic and clinical teams
  • The science of improvement
  • Good research practice
  • Educational research methods
  • Scholarship in teaching and the core principles of learning and assessment
  • Ethical principles in clinical, educational and quality improvement research
  • Critical appraisal of research papers
  • Commonly used investigative techniques

Foundation Years

Each Foundation Programme will include training in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee with 3 of our academic programmes including a placement in General Practice. This General Practice placement may be based anywhere within the Tayside region.

Contacts and more information

For more information about the Academic Foundation Programme, please contact one of the following:


This page was last updated on: 06.03.2018 at 16.53.