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Tuesday 16 May 2023

My application for the F2 Stand-alone Programme 2023

I have been offered a place for the Foundation Year 2 (F2) Stand-alone Programme 2023!

Unlike the standard 2-year UK Foundation Programme where almost all eligible applicants are offered a place each year, the F2 Stand-alone Programme is much more competitive. In the recent years, there are 1000+ applicants but only about 100 places each year. This means just around 10% of the applicants can get a place, making it about as competitive as getting the Merit award at NUMed or getting a permanent Medical Officer post in Malaysia.

Never in my wildest dreams had I thought that I would get a place for the F2 Stand-alone Programme with such extreme competition. Still, I applied for it because I wanted to see how far I could go. I also knew that there were some useful things I could learn through the application process even if it wasn't successful.

I was off to a good start after I got a very high score of 368/431 for the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) in March 2023. My experience of taking the SJT for the 2-year Foundation Programme twice in 2021 and 2022 certainly helped in achieving this. Then, I managed to perform quite well in the interview held in April 2023, getting a score of 71%. This was thanks to my teaching and research experience which helped build a strong curriculum vitae, as well as my good English language and communication and my good response in the ethical scenario.

Now that I am successful in the F2 Stand-alone Programme application, it has shown that with the right efforts and opportunities and a bit of luck, I too can achieve what seems to be beyond my reach. I am now hopeful of my future, that I will successfully achieve my career goal.