Taster Week Article - BMJ Dec 2009.pdf2.16 MB
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Tasters provide an opportunity to experience a specialty not included in trainees’ two year Foundation Programme, and thereby develop ideas and understanding of that specialty and inform career choices. Tasters can also benefit those who have already made career decisions as it suggests to employers that they are dedicated and committed to their chosen specialty. We encourage all trainees to arrange a taster during their first F2 rotation so that they have completed it in advance of the recruitment process to specialty training programmes which usually commences in November of the F2 year. It is also possible for trainees to “borrow” up to 5 days of their F2 study leave in order for them to complete a taster during the final four-months of their F1 year.

The formal policy for "Provision of Specialty Tasters for Foundation Doctors" is available to download on the right hand side of this page.

Available internal tasters

Trainees are advised to contact their FP Administrator for details of tasters available at their trust.

It is mandatory for foundation doctors undertaking a taster to complete the taster report form located in ePortfolio. This has been highlighted in the 'ePortfolio - who, what, when' guide (available at http://www.stfs.org.uk/doctor/eportfolio). The taster report form is located in the 'Additional Achievements' section under 'Tasters'.

Available external tasters


Interested in General Practice?  Well there is nothing general about General Practice (https://gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk/Recruitment/Nothing-General ) and what better way to see first-hand than through some taster days.  Depending on the practice, in your week, you would have opportunity to:

  1. Sit in with an experienced GP and see the wide plethora of patients of different backgrounds presenting at difference stages of illness; from the worried well; to undifferentiated conditions; chronic diseases to end of life care
  2. Visit patients at home with an experienced clinician
  3. See how a practice runs both in terms of administration as well as clinical governance
  4. Attend appropriate meetings (eg clinical, management, primary health care team, palliative care, CCG etc)

If you are interested in a placement contact:
Health Education South London -  Dr Raj Nair, rajnair@nhs.net  
Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex – Mr Steve Scudder, sscudder@kss.hee.nhs.uk


Are you interested in seeing how the BMJ operates from the inside?  Do you want to gain an insight in to the medical journalism and add some valuable experience to your CV?  Why not apply to spend a week at the BMJ, working as part of the team to give you a chance to experience medicine from a different perspective.

During your week you would have the opportunity to:

  1. Attend a daily huddle on what to put in the BMJ each day
  2. Attend weekly editorial planning meetings
  3. Attend manuscript meetings (where we read papers beforehand)
  4. Help develop new ideas and products for junior doctors (eg: conferences, online products, mobile tools etc … )
  5. Contact Jonathan Black at jblack@bmj.com  for further information or phone Jonathan or Dr Luisa Dillner on 02073836671. 


For information

An article “Sampling specialties: Taster days for UK foundation doctors” which appeared in the December 2009 edition of the Student BMJ is available to download on the right hand side of this page.