How to Secure an AFP
Online Crash Course
Welcome to Lesson 1 of the AFP Online Crash Course - How to Maximise your Application Score
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The best online crash course for students applying to for the medicine academic foundation programme (AFP). Available as a 6-lesson online course with videos, booklets and key strategies that were used to get offers from London and Oxford.
Section 1: Securing an AFP Interview
Lesson 1 - How to Boost your Application Score
This lesson goes through the scoring system that many deaneries use to rank your application. By learning this system, you will see which areas to focus on – this includes publications, prizes, academic deciles and oral/poster presentations at conferences. This is essential to maximise chances of securing an interview.
Lesson 2 - How to Answer White Space Questions
This lesson goes through writing top answers to white space questions. We cover the qualities admissions tutors look for, how to make your academic portfolio and key rules for answering these questions. We then go through 3 example questions with both good and bad example answers.
Section 2: The Academic Interview
Lesson 3 - Research principles and Study Types
This is a content rich lesson. We cover the FINER principles of research. Then we go through each study type with pros and cons, essential research definitions, the different types of biases and finally the different stages of clinical research trials.
Lesson 4 - How to Appraise a Research Paper
In this activity we will go my template of how I appraise a research paper. We then put this into practice appraising 2 abstracts – an observational study and and RCT. There is space for you to have a go and model answers for each abstract.
Section 3: The Clinical Interview
Lesson 5 - How to Answer Personal Questions
At your interview they will ask you about your motivation to do an AFP as well as other questions to learn more about you. This lesson builds off lesson 2 to show you how to verbalise your answers and sound enthusiastic, dedicated and interesting.
Lesson 6 - A-E assessment and Clinical Scenarios
We go through the process of doing an A-E assessment for a sick patient. This is summarised in an easy-to-remember one page A4 template. We then go through other clinical scenarios you might be asked and how to show your clinical knowledge, think like an FY1 and come up with key differentials quickly and systematically.