Junior Doctors (DCAT)

Information for junior doctors on research opportunities they can apply for through DCAT.

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The training of clinical academics is a priority for the University, as it supports positive change in the medical profession. Clinical academics play a key role in bringing new medical advances to clinical problems.

Research opportunities for junior doctors can be academic posts (e.g. academic foundation posts or SCREDS Clinical Lectureships), or an out-of-programme period of research training.

The Academic Foundation Programme (AFP)

The course helps junior doctors develop academic skills, in addition to clinical skills, during their foundation years. The primary aim of the AFP is to enable doctors to acquire and demonstrate competencies described in the Foundation Programme Curriculum.

SCREDS Clinical Lecturers

The Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme (SCREDS) is operated by Scottish Universities in partnership with the NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The Clinical Lecturer positions offer academic and clinical training opportunities. The usual time allocation is 80% clinical and 20% research training over the full period of the post.

Appointments are made by the University of Dundee with NHS Tayside. They are supported by University contracts, and honorary NHS contracts.

To be eligible for a SCREDS Clinical Lecturer post, you need to hold a National Training Number in that discipline.

DCAT Mentoring Scheme

One of DCAT’s objectives is to attract, retain and develop future clinical academic staff within Dundee. The DCAT mentoring scheme, led by Professor Isla Mackenzie, aims to provide a framework to support the personal and professional development of University of Dundee clinical academic trainees. Mentoring provides many benefits to both mentees and mentors and most people find it a positive and helpful experience.

Contact Professor Isla Mackenzie, Mentoring Scheme Lead, for more information