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Postgraduate Training

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Pursuing a career


In the past, concerns were expressed that, in contrast to clinical medicine, academic medical subjects lacked a clear career pathway.


Recent changes, have sought to formalise and clarify the academic career pathway. There remain however a number of different entry points to the system and possible directions within it. 


It is particularly worth noting that the system differs slightly depending on where you are located in the UK. A helpful summary of the various schemes around the UK from foundation year onwards is available here.





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