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Academic foundation posts vary in content and length. With respect to content, some focus on research; some on medical education; some on management / leadership and some a combination of all three. The length of SFPs vary considerably from standalone four-month blocks to integrated two-year programmes. It is important to research programmes before you apply so that you can pick the best one for you.

In the majority of cases, academic trainees will undertake a 4-month placement during their F2 year. This time would be dedicated to academic research, medical education or leadership and management. This does vary across the foundation schools. We would advise you to refer to local foundation school websites for specific details.