Foundation Doctor’s Guide to East Scotland

The East region of Scotland Foundation School covers Dundee & Perth. Dundee, a coastal town, has recently had a huge injection of art funding, including the new Victoria & Albert museum which is a must to visit!

Ninewells Hospital, part of Dundee University, is the major tertiary centre in the region, specialising in cancer (especially leukaemia), genetics, robotic surgery & psychosurgery. Laparoscopic surgery was first introduced at Ninewells! A dedicated paediatric hospital, Tayside Children’s Hospital, is a located on the Ninewells site too.

Scotland is one Foundation School but split into 4 separate regions: East, North, South East & West. Most of the spots available are in the West (around Glasgow) & South East (around Edinburgh).

Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the East region of Scotland Foundation School to help you rank your rotation programmes. Below is a snapshot of hospital ratings and reviews from the Messly community of doctors together with information about the geography of the region. Sign up to Messly to learn more – we’ve got over 40,000 junior doctor ratings for you to explore.



Click on the hospital to see indepth reviews & GMC ratings on it’s specialties.

Quick Reviews


  • Great team, supportive seniors, good number of staff to evenly distribute what could otherwise be a heavy workload.
  • Limited teaching on the specialty.
Top tips

Get stuck in – seniors very approachable.

Foundation Year 1, Respiratory Medicine – Ninewells Hospital


  • Good experience in assessing psychiatric admissions, good team and good support from supervisors.
  • Out of hours workload is variable and can be busy at times. Difficult to be contacted on site as phone signal is poor in the hospital.
Top tips

Enjoy it and take the opportunity to ask questions as everyone is helpful.

Foundation Year 1, General Psychiatry – Murray Royal Hospital


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