Clinical Academic Training

Academic Clinical Fellowships

Academic Clinical Fellow posts are clinical speciality entry-level posts lasting for 3 years (or 4 years for GP trainees who are ST1) during which 25% of the fellow's time is spent on academic work. They are available to candidates with appropriate FY2 and/or CT experience for the speciality concerned. Trainees are assigned to appropriate clinical and academic supervisors; he former will be responsible for establishing the fellow's initial speciality training programme and the latter the development of their research.

The key aim of this phase will be to develop a research area suitable for a PhD project (where a clinical PhD is not already held) and to apply for external funding to undertake this research. In Leicester we target fellows towards areas of research strength and require them to produce and submit a systematic review of their area of research for peer reviewed publication within the first two years. This will be a key step towards obtaining a full time research fellowship to support their PhD studies.

Training in Leicester

Here is what is expected during each year of the scheme:

  • Year 1 - Undertake two MRes Clinical Sciences modules
  • Year 2 - Complete a systematic review and obtain pilot data/perform preliminary studies to support a future fellowship applications
  • Year 3 - Submit fellowship application and complete MRes dissertation

Trainees will be have an academic review annually which feeds into their Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).

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