F3 Stories Podcast Hub
If you're a UK doctor considering an F3 Year, you are likely feeling one of two ways:
- Scared at the apparent lack of options available for you
- Overwhelmed by the huge number of options that are open to you.
Many doctors are not aware of all of the opportunities available to them as an F3 doctor, and end up accepting roles that aren’t fulfilling their professional or personal needs. Others are so intimidated by the diversity of the options available that the don’t know which road to follow to have the best F3 Year possible.
In our new podcast, we interview existing and previous F3 doctors about their experiences out of training, and the highs and lows they’ve faced. We hope that by hearing their stories, you can be inspired and guided to make the right choices for your own F3 Year.
Below you can find links to all of our previous episodes, as well as a brief description of each. By clicking on the link, you can listen to the episode and find links and information about the topics we discussed in each interview.
If you want to listen to all of our episodes right away, you can click the links below to listen on:
In this episode, Mike speaks about why he chose to become a military doctor and how the opportunities on offer have changed his life and career forever.
In this episode, Kelsey gives her tips and tricks for using your F3 Year to help get onto a competitive training programme, and pursue your career ambitions.
In this episode, Laura shares with us her tips for planning, packing, budgeting, and making lifelong friendships and connections when exploring other cultures and countries alone.
In this episode, Omer explains how to use your time out of training to find your passions, follow your internal compass, and forge your own unique path for a career that will fulfill and sustain you in the long term.
In this episode, Razaz highlights just how varied clinical fellowships can be. As an IMG in the UK, she gives her tips for identifying red flags (and green flags) in job descriptions and interviews to help you identify which opportunities will be the right ones for you.
In this episode, Esra explains how she has used her F3 Year to gain the experiences and learning that she wasn't able to get as a foundation trainee during the pandemic. By saying 'Yes' to every opportunity, she has ended up with 4 very different jobs and she explains in this episode how she has the energy and motivation for them all.
In this episode, Amanda shares how she struggled with unexpected challenges, the importance of being flexible when plans go wrong, and how to search for new opportunities outside of conventional medical roles.
In this episode, Alex shares how she handled a year of night shifts and the effect that constant switching between day and night had on her life. She is also going to talk about how she found acting up as an SpR and the difficulties this entailed.
In this episode, Luiza shares how she weighed the pros and cons of a training post in Australia over one in the UK, and how she overcame the challenges involved in building a life for herself somewhere entirely new.
In this episode, Shona shares her experiences in Sierra Leone and the highs and lows of working overseas for an NGO.
In this episode, we speak to Dr Amelia Webber, who was a Foundation Trainee in South Yorkshire, then went on to enjoy a successful year of locuming as an F3 in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the North West.
In this episode, Katy shares the story of how she went about planning her year, how she secured those roles (despite some set-backs!), and shares her tips for how to get into medical education.
Everything you need to know about F3 Years, as well as information and tips about how to decide if an F3 Year is right for you.
Our centre for all things locuming; from how to find work and negotiate rates, to how to get learning and development opportunities on the ward.
Find out what a portfolio is, how to use one to benefit your career, and get our tips and tricks on how to ensure your portfolio helps you with job applications and appraisals in the future.
Everything you need to know about applying for, working in, and moving to Australia as a UK junior doctor. Get insider reports on the different regions of Aus, and learn how to get your Australian adventure started.
Hear from doctors currently working in New Zealand about their experiences working in one of the happiest countries on Earth.
Find a full list of all of our episodes from our F3 Stories Series including a summary of the topics discussed in each episode.
Learn everything you need to know about fellowships, from how they may be able to benefit your career and how to find and land a job, to how to prepare for your first day on the job.
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This article is part of a wider series of comprehensive guides and information to help doctors ensure their F3 year is a success. We cover everything from initial planning, options for moving abroad, help with finding work, and tips for making the most of the experience.
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