Getting involved in an academic career in IR is possible at all levels, starting as a medical student all the way up to consultant level. Here, we outline some of the existing academic career options.
Academic Foundation Programme
The academic foundation programme (AFP) is an excellent way for foundation doctors to get involved with research, teaching or leadership projects. There are plenty of opportunities to make an AFP related to radiology. Click for more information about the AFP & application advice.
Academic Clinical Fellowships
Academic Clinical Fellowships are 3 year programmes where a Radiology trainee gets 25% time protected for research, 75% clinical. Most ACFs start at ST1 or ST3 level. ACFs are a fantastic way to get involved in research, and develop skills to apply for a higher research degree.
NIHR Associate PI Scheme
The NIHR Associate Principal Investigator (PI) scheme allows junior doctors to apply to join existing projects as an associate PI, lasting approximately 6 months. This scheme does not offer funded research time (unlike the ACF) but is a good way to join existing trials & gain experience.
Research Fellowships & Grants
Undertaking a 1 year research fellowship is a great way to have a period of time dedicated to research. Trainees can undertake 1 year research fellowships as an out-of-programme experience, as a medical student or FY3 year.
Find a Research Supervisor
Finding a research supervisor to undertake a project with can often be difficult. We have collated a list of interventional radiologists with an academic interest who are keen to supervise and mentor students/juniors with doing a research project.
Learn Research Methodology
Undertaking formal training in research methods is so useful for all juniors and trainees. We have included a collection of resources useful for anybody who is keen to undertake training in research methodology.