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Advice on getting into London hospitals foundation FY1/FY2 programmes

though I am only in second year of medicine, the competitive nature of applying to London foundation programmes has recently been on my mind.

I know I want to work in London when I graduate. I was wondering if there are key things that help when applying for these, for example an intercalated degree, or a publication, or engaging in external research outside the university course.

I appreciate I will be told I am thinking of this far too early, but things like research programmes and summer opportunities are things that I would ideally prefer to get involved in sooner rather than later, and so would be grateful for any advice in what sort of things of this nature would be beneficial at this stage.

(I did well in my exams in first year and have been on top of content this year and I recognise doing well in your actual course content is important of course.)

thanks :smile:
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Nope, none of those things will help any more, it's now all random. Still worth getting involved with publications etc. though as they they will help later on in training (for now, anyways...)
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Original post by girl_in_black
Nope, none of those things will help any more, it's now all random. Still worth getting involved with publications etc. though as they they will help later on in training (for now, anyways...)

thanks for your response. I probably should read more into the new system. when you say 'all random', does that mean that some more lower scoring students can still end up in london's main busiest hospitals? I would have assumed given the competitive nature and perhaps more stressful environment in London it would mean those scoring higher and with more qualifications to show are better off. sorry if this sounds ignorant, I understand a pass is a pass nonetheless, just genuinely curious as to how this works.
Original post by pepsicola11
thanks for your response. I probably should read more into the new system. when you say 'all random', does that mean that some more lower scoring students can still end up in london's main busiest hospitals? I would have assumed given the competitive nature and perhaps more stressful environment in London it would mean those scoring higher and with more qualifications to show are better off. sorry if this sounds ignorant, I understand a pass is a pass nonetheless, just genuinely curious as to how this works.


Yes, it does. There will no longer be scoring of any kind based on performance or SJT results. You just rank your choices and hold your fingers crossed that the computer algorithm will give you one of your higher choices.
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Original post by girl_in_black
Yes, it does. There will no longer be scoring of any kind based on performance or SJT results. You just rank your choices and hold your fingers crossed that the computer algorithm will give you one of your higher choices.

oh right I see. thank you again for your advice.

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