The Foundation Programme, The Medics' Practical Guide to Thriving and Surviving

The Foundation Programme

The Medics' Practical Guide to Thriving and Surviving

By Mark Welfare, MD, FRCP, Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle; Consultant Gastroenterologist, Lead for Educational Research, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; and Jonathan Carter, MBBS, MRCP, Senior House Office (Medicine), University Hospital of North Tees, Hardwick, Stockton-on-Tees, UK


Foreword by Phil Hammond

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION

? Why was the Foundation programme introduced?
? An extended metaphor
? Unfinished Business ? the end of an era
? The pillars on which the Foundation programme is built
? Summary

Chapter 2 CHOOSING AND APPLYING FOR A FOUNDATION PROGRAMME

? Introduction
? How does electronic application work?
? How will I decide where to apply?
? Eligibility ? International Medical Graduates
? Filling in the application form
? After acceptance to a Foundation School
? Summary

Chapter 3 PREPARATION FOR THE FOUNDATION PROGRAMME. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

? Introduction
? The A-Z of starting the Foundation programme: your quick guide
? The big day

Chapter 4 SURVIVING YOUR FIRST WEEKS AND MONTHS

? Introduction
? The Fear
? The job
? Medical subculture and tribalism is alive and well in the NHS ? a guide to negotiating the boundaries
? Your quick guide to dealing with the departments in the hospital
? Putting it into action
? Medicine is also about values
? Beyond the first month ? keeping true to yourself and remembering why you started

Chapter 5 TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR LEARNING: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

? Introduction
? Keeping the patient safe whilst you learn
? How do you learn?
? Planning your learning
? Specific learning opportunities
? Summary

Chapter 6 ASSESSMENT IN THE FOUNDATION PROGRAMME

? Introduction
? Work-based competency assessment
? Why work-based assessment?
? The purpose and use of your portfolio in development and assessment
? The national portfolio
? Suggested schedule for gathering your formal assessments
? Scotland
? Examples of other types of evidence that you can gather in specific competency domains
? Giving and receiving feedback
? How will all this evidence be assessed and what is the pass mark?
? Completing your evidence summary
? Outcomes from the assessments
? Note about the future
? Summary

Chapter 7 A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE FOUNDATION PROGRAMME FOR PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE TRAINING OF DOCTORS

? Introduction
? So, why get involved in educating Foundation doctors?
? Definition of the terms involved in supporting a trainee
? Trust responsibilities
? Teaching and learning in the Foundation programme
? Giving effective feedback and on-the-job teaching
? Educational supervision
? Your role in the final assessment
? Support you need from your Trust
? Challenges to the model of educational supervision
? Other issues for supporting trainees
? Summary

Chapter 8 BEYOND THE FOUNDATION PROGRAMME. CAREER MANAGEMENT FOR FOUNDATION DOCTORS

? Introduction
? Career management
? Choosing your career in medicine
? Career Options ? how do doctors choose?
? Approach to the interview
? When you are unsure if medicine is for you
? What if you do not get the training post you want?
? Summary

Chapter 9 WHEN MEDICINE IS DIFFICULT

? Introduction
? The lifestyle and professionalism challenge
? Risks to your registration or How to live up to Good Medical Practice
? Health and stress
? Disciplinary procedures for Foundation doctors ? a quick summary
? Summary

Chapter 10 MISCELLANY: SPECIALTY GUIDE AND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

? Medical oaths
? Health and support for doctors ranging from addictions to lifestyle issues
? Education and news
? Medical blogs and wikis
? NHS organisations
? Career management
? Protection societies
? Programmes for Personal digital assistants (PDAs)
? Miscellaneous other sites
? Books
? Specialty guide