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Half of doctors don’t go straight into specialty training

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 08 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j672
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

More trainees are now choosing to take a year out before progressing from the foundation programme to specialty training. Abi Rimmer reports

Each year the UK Foundation Programme Office carries out a survey of the career destinations of doctors who have completed the foundation training programme. The UKFPO’s most recent report, published last week,1 shows that only 50.4% of doctors completing the foundation programme plan to go straight into specialty training.

The proportion of doctors progressing directly into specialty training has fallen year on year since 2011: 72% in 2011, 67% in 2012, 64% in 2013, 59% in 2014, and 52% in 2015.

Although fewer doctors are progressing directly from foundation training to specialty training, junior doctors are continuing …

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