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The Academic Foundation Programme (AFP)
Introduction to the AFP
The academic foundation programme (AFP) is a great way to get involved in a research project . The programme runs along the UK Foundation Programme. Doctors who undertake an AFP get protected time and access to training & a research mentor in order to complete an academic project of their choice. The majority of programmes are in research, although teaching and leadership AFP opportunities are available across the country.
The AFP application process is separate to the foundation programme application. Candidates are allowed to apply to a maximum of TWO units of application (UOA). Each AFP UOA contains a few different AFP programmes, and has their own individual selection criteria and scoring.
If you are keen on a career in radiology/interventional radiology, then doing an AFP is a great way to get into the academic side and increase your exposure to the specialty. However, a radiology AFP is certainly not mandatory. Additionally, imaging is important in lots of specialties, and it is possible to do an AFP in another specialty and put an imaging spin on your project if you wanted to!