About the Programme

This programme is designed for foundation doctors and final year medical students making the transition to the foundation programme. The programme will guide you through the entire foundation programme until you apply to their specialty training programme of choice.

We cover tips for preparing for an on-call shift, practical advice for common scenarios and emergencies you might face, and touch upon recovering at the end of the shift. This course aims to help you feel more prepared and confident for that first on-call as well as supporting you through the whole foundation programme and beyond!

This programme will keep being added through the 2+ years to support you through this programme

About the Head of the Programme

Professor Derek Gallen

Head of F|Docs Programme

Over the last decade of my career I introduced and looked after the foundation programme in the UK. We managed to get it embedded in UK medicine and the NHS. However there is still a lot of work left to be done. I realised when I retired that we needed to be more innovative with technology in Medical and Healthcare education and try greater consistency and improve the experience of the Foundation Programme. When the Medics.Academy team invited me to lead the development of the  F|Docs programme, I saw this as an opportunity to work with this innovative, young team to bring apply technology and entrepreneurial ideas to the NHS. The team have worked hard over the last 2 years since we came up with the first concepts. They have developed a programme that genuinely tries to support Foundation Schools and Doctors, applying consistency of teaching and supporting individuals to achieve their goals as early stage professionals. The impact of COVID19 did not dent this team, it spurred them on to rethink completely what they were doing and rapidly changed their programme to into something that responded to the needs of students and junior doctors alike. The speed and diligence with which they worked, made me proud to see that the NHS, it’s staff and society generally are in good hands. The programme that Hiba and the F|Docs team are rolling out is something that 3 years ago I wouldn’t have thought possible, but these young professionals are innovating at a pace, and focussing on their colleagues who are students and junior doctors in a way that really is impressive. The feedback and engagement we are seeing is incredible and I am incredibly proud to have led the birth of this initiative and continue to nurture it to have a significant impact on the clinicians concerned and the wider NHS that will benefit. 

About the F|Docs Lead

Dr Hiba Khan

Chief Revenue Officer at Medics.Academy

Dr Hiba Khan, Clinical Entrepreneur and Chief Revenue Officer at Medics.Academy. Dr Khan has a background in entrepreneurship, innovation and solutions in healthcare and was recently awarded an Innovation Fellowship at Mid and South Essex NHS Trust to continue this work. Dr Khan runs the development function at Medics.Academy and oversees a global team of executives. Dr Khan also has experience in governance as Vice-Chair of the Board at Queen Mary University Students’ Union and Chair of their Audit and Risk Committee as well as being Governor on the Board of the University of West London Workforce Committee and on the Board of Melanin Medics. Dr Khan has won several awards for research and performance in her clinical roles, a national award in quality improvement, two consecutive “Outstanding Trainee” awards and a gold medal in regional weightlifting.

About the Instructor - Preparing for F1

Dr Camilla Rhead


Camilla is a junior doctor working in London. She is currently taking a year out after her foundation training before commencing core medical training. She has been awarded prizes during her foundation training for teaching, clinical excellence and quality improvement. She plans to pursue a career in gastroenterology and this year will be doing research looking at decompensated liver disease.Outside of medicine, Camilla is a keen runner, skier, sailer and tag rugby player. She also enjoys travelling and will be spending a lot of this year jetting off around the world.

About the Peer Reviewers - Preparing for F1

Dr. Stephen Hamshere

Dr Stephen Hamshere is a Registrar in Cardiology at Imperial NHS Trust and an Honorary Research Fellow at Barts Health NHS Trust. 

Dr Emma Cox

Chief Product Officer

Dr Emma Cox is the Chief Product Officer at Medics.Academy and an Emergency Medicine Registrar. Dr Cox manages and leads multiples teams of engineers, designers and product specialists across two continents. Dr Cox is passionate about improving healthcare. Dr Cox's particular areas of focus are technology, education and working conditions. Dr Cox's previous experience includes being an Elected Public Governor for The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, a board member of a national union, and an Academic Lead for University College London Medical School. Dr Cox's current roles include being an honorary lecturer for UCLan, a Peer Reviewer for the UKRI, a Committee Member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s National Sustainable Working Practices Committee, and a NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • About the programme

    • Message from Professor Derek Gallen

    • Message from Dr Hiba Khan - Head of The F|Docs Programme

    • Table of Contents

    • Upcoming Live Events

  • 2

    Join our Facebook Support Group

    • Facebook Support Group for UK final year medical students

  • 3

    The Specialty Series

    • An Introduction to Critical Care

    • An Introduction to Critical Care - Watch live here

    • Innovating in medicine during the Foundation Programme: Is it even possible?

    • A-Z of Palliative Care

    • Neurology: Asking the Right Questions

    • Performance Under Pressure

    • Motivating Behaviour Change

    • Sex, Drugs and Natural Childbirth - How to Create a Portfolio Career

    • The Mental Health Act

    • Doctor 2 Author

    • Survival Guide for O&G: Things Every SHO Should Know

  • 4

    Virtual Sim

    • The First Ever Live Worldwide Sim Experience

    • About the speaker - Dr. Adam Collins

    • The Second Live Worldwide Sim Experience

    • Third Ever Virtual Sim

  • 5


    • How to excel in your e-portfolio and academic portfolio as an FY1

  • 6

    Preparing for F1

    • Introduction

    • Aims and objectives

    • Preparing for the oncall

    • Taking handovers before the shift

    • Taking handovers during the shift

    • Prioritising jobs

    • Common scenarios

    • The generally unwell patient - introduction

    • The generally unwell patient

    • Falls

    • Sepsis - Introduction

    • Sepsis 6

    • Deranged electrolytes - Introduction

    • Deranged electrolytes - Hyponatraemia

    • Deranged electrolytes - Hypernatraemia

    • Deranged electrolytes - Hyperkalaemia

    • Deranged electrolytes - Hypokalaemia

    • Deranged electrolytes - AKI

    • Chest pain

    • Handover

    • Recovery and reflection

    • Quiz

  • 7

    Global Health and Medics.Academy

    • Introduction to Global Health

    • Global Health content available on Medics.Academy

    • Partnership in a time of COVID-19 - THET Virtual Conference 2020

    • The Speakers

    • Join the Virtual Coffee Space

    • Reminders of previous THET and Medics.Academy Content - Setting the Context

  • 8

    The Prep for F1 Intensive - Webinar

    • The Agenda

    • The Speakers

    • Introduction - Dr Hiba Khan

    • Hiba's Introduction included this video from The HLA - the story so far...

    • Keynote - Professor Namita Kumar

    • Preparing for your first oncall - The acutely unwell patient - Dr Sida Mao

    • The essentials of prescribing - what you need to know - Dr George Miller

    • Asked to see patient... - Dr Jahangir Alom and Dr Dina Saleh

    • Common Mistakes - Dr Michael Lim

    • Know your rights - Dr Sarah Hallet

    • Panel Discussion

    • Summation Prof Derek Gallen

  • 9

    Class of Corona

    • Introduction - Message from Bradley Hayes

    • Episode 1 - Introduction

    • Episode 2 - Coronavrius

    • Episode 3 - Managing unwell patients

    • Episode 4 - Preparing for your first day

    • Episode 5 - The Ward

    • Episode 6 - Jobs Part 1

    • Episode 7 - Jobs List Part 2

    • Episode 8 - Communication

    • Episode 9 - On call

  • 10

    The Prep for F1 Series

    • Introduction

    • Joining Instructions

    • Join the Virtual Coffee Room

    • How to join a zoom meeting

    • The April 2020 Agenda

    • Episode 1: Surviving F1

    • Webinar 1 (Catch Up): Surviving F1

    • Episode 2: An Introduction to the Foundation Programme

    • Webinar 2 (Catch Up): An Introduction to the Foundation Programme

    • Episode 3: Working in healthcare teams

    • Webinar 3 (Catch Up): Working in healthcare teams

    • Episode 4: Managing Anxiety and Uncertainty in Extraordinary Times

    • Webinar 4 (Catch Up): Managing Anxiety and Uncertainty in Extraordinary Times

    • Episode 5: Common Scenarios for an F1

    • Webinar 5 (Catch Up): Common Scenarios for an F1

    • Episode 6: An O&G Prospective on Your F1 Year

    • Episode 6 (Catch Up): An O&G Prospective on Your F1

    • Episode 7: Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Patient

    • Episode 8: Acute Medical Emergencies: Shortness of breath

    • Episode 9: Know Your Rights - Part 2

    • Episode 10 - Radiology and Acute Medical Emergencies - Part 2

    • Episode 11: Your Questions Answered

    • Episode 12: Top tips for getting it right on the phone

    • Episode 12: Top tips for getting it right on the phone - Password

    • Episode 12 (Catch Up): Top tips for getting it right on the phone

    • Episode 13: Live Slack Q&A - Common Scenarios of an F1

    • Episode 14: Surviving F1 - Part 2

    • Episode 14 (Catch up): Surviving F1 Part 2

    • Episode 15: Live Slack Q&A - Prescribing

    • Episode 16: How to ask for help

    • Episode 17: The First Ever Live Worldwide Sim Experience

    • Episode 18: Making Sense of ECGs

    • Episode 19: A Closer look at the F1 e-portfolio - Part 1

    • Episode 20: Wellbeing and Self-care: How to Avoid Burnout

    • Episode 20: Wellbeing and Self-care: How to Avoid Burnout

    • Episode 21: The Life of a Surgical F1 - Part 1

    • Episode 22: Death Certification

    • Episode 22: Death Certification

    • Episode 23: The Second Live Worldwide Sim Experience

    • Episode 24: How to Assess the Sick Child

    • Episode 24: How to Assess the Sick Child

    • Episode 25: Surviving the Night Shift

    • Episode 26: Skills and Top Tips for Shaping Your Own Portfolio Career

    • Episode 26: Skills and Top Tips for Shaping Your Own Portfolio Career

    • Episode 27: The Radiology Round

    • Episode 28: The F1 E-portfolio

    • Episode 28: The F1 E-portfolio

    • Episode 29: A Closer Look at the F1 E-Portfolio - Part 2

    • Episode 30: The Life of a Surgical F1 - Part 2

    • Episode 31: Surviving F1: Summary

    • Episode 32: ECG Challenge

  • 11

    Quality Improvement

    • The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare's tutorial on Sustainable Quality Improvement in Healthcare

  • 12

    Dr. Felix's Guide to F1

    • Introduction from the Author - Dr. Felix Torrance

    • Comment on COVID-19

    • Preparing for Work as a Doctor: Orientating yourself to your hospital

    • Preparing for Work as a Doctor: Keeping Yourself Sane Outside of Work

    • Clerking

    • Medicines Reconciliation

    • Reviewing a Patient on a Medical Ward Round

    • Conducting a Ward Round

    • Example Entry in the Notes

    • Reviewing a Surgical Patient

    • Example Post-Op Review Entry

    • Tips for reviews

    • Preparing a Patient for Surgery

    • How to request scans (and get them accepted by a radiologist)

    • How to ask for advice or a review by another speciality

    • Bleeps, switchboard and finding phone numbers

    • Chasing bloods

    • Using SBAR to Handover

    • Documenting procedures and discussions

    • Discharge Letters

    • Fluid Prescribing

    • Gentamicin Prescribing

    • Vancomycin Prescribing

    • Warfarin Prescribing

    • Insulin Prescribing

    • Analgesia

    • Prescribing Antiemetics

    • Prescribing Laxatives

    • Prescribing Creams

    • Summary of common prescriptions

    • Blood products

    • Falls Review

    • Capacity assessments

    • Balancing your Electrolytes

    • Reviewing a sick patient

    • Cardiac Arrests as an FY1

    • Management of acute agitation

    • Breaking bad news

    • Comfort review of a dying patient

    • Death and Dying on the Ward

    • Basic palliative care prescribing

    • Death Verification

    • Acknowledgements

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