Foundation Doctors

Welcome to the Foundation Doctors webpage. Here you will find links and downloads to a variety of careers information and resources including E-Modules, webinar and weblinks  to assist you in effective career planning and decision making.

Online support (


The SCAN Career Planning Model 

This career planning model specifically designed for health professionals sets out a 4-stage structure for your career planning. Click on the links below to access explanations of each of the sections with short exercises for each stage:

  • Self Awareness supports you in considering what is important to you in your career
  • Career Exploration lets you consider resources and strategy needed to inform the decisions you are making, 
  • Arriving at your decision allows you to weigh up the options 
  • Next Steps helps you plan the actions you need to take to submit a good application to specialty or other post foundation option.  

An explanation of each of the four stages and supporting exercises can be found at this link: Career Planning Exercises


Career Planning for Foundation Doctors E-Module (eLfH)

This e-learning resource is hosted by elfh (e-learning for healthcare).  Divided into 4 short modules to represent each of the stages in the SCAN model this course will demonstrate how to apply the findings from the exercises to the decision making process.  Each module is supported by a workbook which contains many of the exercises on our website and more.  There is also further information in the course to support the range of options open to you including specialty, F3 year and non-medical  options.  Details of how to access these modules can be found by following the link: Career Planning for Foundation Doctors


F3 Options

There are a variety of options than can be considered to ensure a fulfilling and productive F3 year including fellowships, further study, volunteering and travel opportunities. Further information and resources on all these options can be found here:


1-2-1 Appointments

Many of you will find that the resources listed above will help you resolve your career questions and queries, however if you still feel it would be helpful to explore your career planning and decision making further through weighing up your career or GAP options, we can offer impartial and confidential 1-2-1 appointments with expert career coaches: Careers Application Form

[Please note we will not be able to give advice and guidance on the application process during 1-2-1 appointments- Please refer to the resources listed below]

PGDME Portal

This London Deanery portal gives specific links and FAQs on both speciality and recruitment queries:

It is also a good idea to have conversations with senior trainees or consultants within the specialties in which you have an interest as well as your supervisors