The Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) Student and Foundation Doctor Network (SFDN) offers medical students and foundation doctors an invaluable opportunity to get actively involved with the RCP and to help shape our policy, services and activities.
What we are doing
The SFDN is made up of 20 medical student and foundation doctor representatives located across the UK, plus a network chair, who act as RCP ambassadors in their regions. Its work is currently focused on three main themes:
- working lives
- career development
- local engagement and communications.
Tom Newman, SFDN chair, explains the network's purpose over the next year, with their mission statement: 'Working to inspire the next generation of clinicians by improving the training and wellbeing of student and foundation doctors, enabling them to deliver the best possible patient care.'
Contribute to our work
Contribute to our 'best piece of advice' project to share your experiences and learning with your peers.
Have any ideas that you think could improve the network, or want to get involved with our work? Get in touch with us at SFDnetwork@rcplondon.ac.uk.
What we have produced
Dr Josie Cheetham, ACCS (anaesthetics) CT2 and past RCP Student and Foundation Doctor Network representative, discusses the positive and negative reasons for taking a year out of training.
Dr Chelcie Jewitt, clinical fellow at Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and past RCP Student and Foundation Doctor Network representative, reflects on how the disappointment of not being allocated her preferred deanery drove her to succeed in new ways.
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