The F3 year: You’ve reached a milestone in your training, so where next?
We have outlined the opportunities available for doctors starting their F3 year.
Only 38% of trainees are continuing straight into a specialty training post. A huge 14% of these doctors opted to take a career break, whilst 18% continued in service posts (LAS posts). Other juniors have taken posts abroad or are taking on further studies.
Below is a flowchart to help and inspire your decision making. Before you get started, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Which parts of being a doctor do you love?
- What would allow you to do more of that?
- What might be stopping you?
- Which parts of being a doctor do you dislike?
- Can you categorise your dislikes under different areas?
- E.g. “inflexible rotas” or “out of hours work”
- How could you fix this issue?
- E.g. “I can find locum work where I can pick the shifts.”
- Instead of a “to do” list (pass MRCP part 1 etc.) make yourself a “to be” list.
- E.g. “In 5-10 years’ time I want to be a portfolio GP. I want to work less than full-time in urgent care and can run my own business on the side.”
- What opportunities are available now which could help you on your road to who you want to be?
Take a look at the chart below and see what an exciting year lies ahead!
Roles in detail
NHS locum shifts/fellow
Hospital roles in New Zealand or Australia
Private hospital roles
Research/gaining a Masters
Medical Journalism/ Writer
National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme