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Academic Foundation Programmes

Health Education England, Wessex and Southampton University Faculty of Medicine offer a range of two-year Academic Foundation Programmes.

Woman in a lab doing clinical geneticsClinical academic medicine is an exciting, fundamental and indispensable career. Clinical Academics play a significant role in producing and evaluating evidence to design and “translate” novel treatments and best practice into optimal patient care.

The Academic Foundation Programme is the first component of post-graduate training in clinical academia following medical school training, where doctors with an interest in an academic career can gain exposure to the clinical academic environment and obtain experience in research skills relevant to enhancing patient care.

Specifically, the Academic Foundation Programme combines early clinical training with training in research methods, and includes a four-month academic placement during the second Foundation year.

All programmes are based at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust with the exception of the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) research programme which is based at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

The role of clinical academics is to combine research and/or teaching with clinical practice, hence great emphasis is placed upon acquiring strong clinical skills as well as high quality research training during the course of the programme. A variety of research approaches exist within the Faculty of Medicine, including laboratory-based, epidemiological and health service research, and the University of Southampton is recognised as one of the top medical institutions which focusses on translational research in which improving patient diagnosis and treatment is viewed as the core inspiration and central motivation for its wide-ranging studies on health and disease.

Academic Foundation Programmes are offered in the following specialties:

  • Functional Electrical Stimulation Research 
  • Child Health - in one of the following specialites: Endocringology, Gastroenterology, Infection & Immunology, Neonatology, Oncology, Respiratory and Nutrition    Image of a doctor looking into a microscope
  • Clinical Genetics 
  • Primary Care and Population Sciences: particularly in the topic areas of infection, respiratory disease, mental health, alternative medicines, liver disease, and renal disease. 
  • MedicineHuman Development & Health
  • Medicine – Clinical & Experimental Sciences - in one of the following specialties; Dermatology, Gatroenterology/Hepatology, Neurology, Respiratory, ITU, Nutrition, Child Health 
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgical /Medical Oncology

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