Our ACF programmes in core surgery are for those that have completed foundation training and have a strong academic background with a want to spend time away from surgical practice to undertake research. Our locally or NIHR funded surgical ACF posts combine core surgical training with 25% protected research time. The specialties currently available are in upper gastrointestinal surgery and colorectal surgery. The purpose of our ACFs is to support trainees in the development of a research proposal and to secure funding for a subsequent MD or PhD (which will be taken as out of time training). We also accept trainees who already hold a doctorate (MD/PhD), who can be further supported in their development as an independent researcher and their transition to a Clinical Lectureship post.
Our trainees benefit from:
- A dedicated programme director who oversees trainee progress and training requirements and a personal supervisor to support your research project.
- University of East Anglia registration with card access to all of the university facilities including the Bob Champion Research and Education Building.
- A travel bursary of up to £1000 per year for attendance to conferences.
- The opportunity to gain a masters qualification in health research.