Queens University Belfast (QUB) has an international reputation in academic medicine and the strategic vision of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is to develop and promote a world-class, research-led medical community. Following graduation from medical school the first step on the Clinical Academic Training pathway is the Academic Foundation Programme, which is recruited to by the Northern Ireland Foundation School (NIFS) based at NIMDTA.
Recognising the need for the development of a cohort of appropriately qualified medical graduates, we are offering a research intensive, student oriented Academic Foundation Year 2 Programme, with the option of completing a Certificate/Diploma in Academic Medicine, that will provide high quality candidates with the research skills required to further develop their careers. These skills are of benefit regardless of the chosen career.
The AF2 placement offers dedicated research and education time as a four month block and will enable the holder to gain insights into clinical academic medicine at an early stage through regular interactions with academic clinical supervisors, scientific staff and postgraduate research students.
This placement is designed to develop knowledge, skills and aptitudes for academic medicine and to foster interest in a long-term clinical academic career. As Academic Foundation doctors you will be taking the first steps along the path of integrating research ideas into your clinical practice.
A popular feature of the AF2 is the opportunity to carry out a research project under the supervision of a senior academic. In the Northern Ireland programme nine AF2 posts are offered and they incorporate a four month attachment to an academic unit where the clinician will gain experience of working on a research project (which may include a medical education project) and begin to develop the practical and analytical skills necessary to carry out research. The Academic F2 (AF2) placement will also enable the holder to gain insights into clinical academic medicine at an early stage through regular interactions with academic clinical supervisors, scientific staff and postgraduate research students.
This project will form part of an existing programme in one of the delivered within one of the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences research or education centres: the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB), the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM), the Centre for Population Sciences (CPH), Centre for Medical Education (CME) and the Centre for Biomedical Sciences. This placement is designed to develop knowledge, skills and aptitudes for academic medicine and to foster interest in a long-term clinical academic career. The AF2 will be expected to structure their time in a highly effective manner and complete substantial portions of the programme independently. These programmes offer the chance to learn skills which will translate into a successful medical career across a variety of disciplines.
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