How to Secure an AFP

Let me teach you the key strategies for securing an academic foundation post that I used to get offers from London and Oxford.

Why should I use this course?

You might look at this page and say to yourself, “Oh, it’s just another person wanting to offer some generic advice about applying for an AFP.”

I don’t blame you – that’s exactly what I would think if I was reading this for the first time. 

If you are just looking for generic advice about applying for an AFP, this course is not for you!

Instead, this is an in depth course that goes through in detail every aspect of the application process – the application form, white space questions, academic and clinical interview. Learn my  my tried and tested method that I used when applying for my AFP. This helped me get offers from both London and Oxford.  

This course requires dedication and work. If you are determined to get into your AFP and are prepared to put in the hard work, then let me teach you how to maximise your chances of securing the AFP of your choice, using the strategies I used myself. 

What makes your course different?

A quick question. Would you rather get generic out of date advice from someone who is reading a script or specific strategies from someone who got offers from Oxford and London AFP!

With my course, I don’t assume that you have pre-existing knowledge about the application process. I am not going to say, go and read up the study types or how to appraise a paper.

Instead, I am going to teach you how to do this. This course includes both videos (narrated by myself) and 6 booklets which include all the information you need to know to not only pass, but shine in your application and interviews. 

By doing this, you’ll not only maximise your chances of getting an AFP, but you’ll learn skills that will be useful in all stages of your medical careers.

Detailed Analysis and line-by-line feedback

Using in-depth examples and gaining extensive advice throughout, we analyse examples line-by-line. By the end of this course, you will be able to critique applications like an admissions tutor.

The key to this course is detail. We dedicate one lesson for each section – the application form, white space questions, the academic interview, how to appraise a paper, clinical scenarios.

Are you still not convinced?

If you are reading this, then like me, you have not been convinced by what I’ve said above.

So have a read of the course structure below and see how much in detail we cover each section. You can check out my free notes on the site to get a taste of my resources.  


Section 1: Securing an AFP Interview

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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.

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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

Arguably the most important lesson, 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.

Choosing to Study Medicine

The most important pre-requisite to writing a strong personal statement is having insight into the qualities needed as a doctor and the challenges that face you in a medical career.

How to Apply to Medicine

The application process may at first appear daunting, however we have mapped out the timeline of deadlines for you to show a way of structuring your time to accomplish all of the subsections of the application to a high standard.

Personal Statement Basics

The first step to writing a great personal statement is understanding what universities are looking for and how you can use your experiences to show these qualities.

Gathering Experience

In this activity we will explore the work experience, volunteering and reading that will provide the substance of your personal statement. Apply what you will learn in this activity to seek out your own experiences to write about.

Writing your Personal Statement

In this activity we will go over the style and structure of a personal statement. We will use an example statement to enable you to think critically about what makes a personal statement strong.

The Opening Paragraph

It is time to start writing your personal statement. It is important to open with a strong first paragraph that grabs the reader’s attention and clearly states your reason to study medicine.

Work Experience Paragraph

Including work experience is key to demonstrating your suitability to medicine, however communicating what you have learnt from the experiences and their relevance is a skill that we will develop in this activity of the course.

Academic Interests and Key Attributes

In this activity we will go over an important and often neglected component of a personal statement. Excelling in this section can help you stand apart from your competitors.

Conclusion and Final Tips

In this last activity, we will develop the skills to construct a final paragraph that ties together your points and fully captures your desire to study medicine.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

Why Our Course

6 video lessons

Full comprehensive videos covering each section in detail

6 booklets

A workbook which accompanies each video lesson

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Study online, anywhere, anytime

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Structured course

Precise, detailed information with a clear structure

Written by Successful Applicants

Written by medical students who got offers from London and Oxford

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed for students in years 5 and 6 of medical school who are seriously considering applying for the academic foundation programme.

If you want generic advice about the process or are not prepared to put in the hard work, this course is not for you. Instead it is for students who want that AFP and will put all the advice and tips I give you into practice.

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