Clinical Academic Careers: Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, a strategic group with membership from Queen’s University Belfast and the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety considered the recommendations of the UKCRC/MMC Academic Careers Subcommittee. They proposed that the Modernising Medical Careers Steering Group should create:

Foundation Year Programmes with at least three places available in Foundation year 2 for a series of four-month attachments
Up to eight Academic Clinical Fellowships available annually
Around three Clinical Lectureships available per year
In addition, Queens University Belfast plans to increase uptake of intercalated degree pathways, by providing student scholarships/bursaries during the additional year of study to encourage students to consider academic medicine as a career.

The Academic Careers Subcommittee recommendations will fit into Northern Ireland’s established General Practice Academic & Research Training Scheme (GPARTS) during the two-year training scheme which General Practitioners complete after their vocational training.

For the latest information on specialty academic training positions in Northern Ireland please see the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency website.