The AFP combines clinical training with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in research.

what is the AFP?

Foundation training is the next stage after qualifying from medical school. Foundation training is organised nationally by the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO).

Entering  academic foundation training means protected research time, during the two-year clinical training programme, to explore academic medicine.

The aim is to equip trainees for future training for an academic career. The AFP provides an opportunity to achieve core clinical competencies alongside a research and academic curriculum that develops additional skills in research, teaching and management.

View further information on the national Foundation Programme (UKFPO) website. You can also join the programme if you qualified from a non-UK medical school; check the UKFPO website for details.

Or, find out about our AFP in Why Oxford? - Our AFP.

Where next, after an AFP?

On completion of the AFP, doctors may apply for an academic clinical fellowship (ACF), or further clinical training.

A few undertake a DPhil/PhD at this stage.