Category: Specialised Foundation Programme

Writing a Letter to the Editor of a Medical Journal 

What is a Letter to the Editor?  A letter to the editor in a medical journal serves as a concise written communication where readers, including healthcare professionals, researchers, and scholars, can express their thoughts, opinions, and concerns regarding a specific article or topic published in the journal. It provides a platform for open dialogue and

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Unveiling the World of Research: My Medical Student Journey and Tips for Getting Involved 

Introduction   Starting my research journey as a medical student has been an incredible and transformative experience. In this article, I wholeheartedly share my personal journey, and the invaluable lessons I’ve learned along the way, and offer friendly tips to fellow medical students who aspire to delve into the world of research.  Seeking Research Opportunities   I

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How to Critique Randomised Control Trials

Introduction Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) play a vital role in evidence-based medicine, providing valuable insights into the effectiveness of medical interventions. As medical students, it is crucial to develop the skills to critically appraise RCTs. The following article gives you a step-by-step method to systematically appraise RCTs, with real-life examples from the following study: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2032183

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Randomised Control Trials – The Basics

Introduction Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) play a vital role in evidence-based medicine, providing valuable insights into the effectiveness of medical interventions. As medical students, it is crucial to develop the skills to critically appraise RCTs. What is a Randomised Control Trial? All RCTs involve selecting participants from the population, and then randomising them to receive

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Specialised Foundation Programme – Introduction to interview

The Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP – formerly known as the AFP or academic foundation programme) is a highly competitive application process for final-year medical students. The fact that you are considering applying is testament to your commitment and hard work. So, congratulations on getting this far, you should be hugely proud of yourself. This article

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Specialised Foundation Programme – Clinical Station

You will have a total of 10 minutes of interactive time. Prior to the station, you will be provided with a clinical vignette or series of clinical vignettes involving a number of medical emergencies/sick patients +/- general F1 on call jobs +/- ethical or medicolegal dilemmas.  During this section of the interview you will talk

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Specialised Foundation Programme – Academic Station

The academic station generally begins with a personal question and is your opportunity to demonstrate why you are applying for a specialised foundation programme. Whether that be medical education, leadership, or research programmes, you are likely to be presented with a generic and standardised interview station – it is up to you to draw on

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