A distance learning programme to support foundation trainees working towards any medical discipline. Flexibly structured so you can tailor your learning to match your foundation training post.
The STEP® Foundation programme - what you get:
The interactive component to the programme.
It includes a case of the month discussion, question banks and access to reference materials from the modules. It also acts as a STEP® community, providing opportunities for peer discussions on the forum.
BMJ Learning Foundation Skills premium package
12 months’ access to 23 procedure-based modules covering key skills from the foundation curriculum. These modules feature computer-generated animation, questions to test your knowledge and printable certificates as proof of your learning. To see a list of modules, visit the BMJ website and select ‘Browse by specialty’ then ‘Foundation skills’.
STEP® Foundation Events
Portfolio Development for Foundation Doctors - STEP® Foundation Day 1
Interview Practice for Foundation Doctors - STEP® Foundation Day 2
These events will give trainees the opportunity to get the most out of their foundation training and develop their portfolios, as well as assisting trainees in making an effective career choice.
- F1: First STEP® - law, communication and pre-operative routine care
- F1: Next STEP® - post-operative elective care and evidence based medicine
- F2: Acute STEP® - managing acute illness
- Practical STEP® - practical procedures
Discounts are available on the STEP® Core programme.
Target Audience / Suitability
FY1-2Am I suitable?
Distance learning study with online support, plus two STEP® Foundation events.
Flexible, but we recommend 20 months with an average of 15 hours study per week. Attendance at two STEP® Foundation events will be within the recommended 20 months of the programme.
The subscription fee is for a period of 2 calendar years from the date of enrolment. Full fee - £450.
Organisations are welcome to purchase bulk sets of STEP® Foundation on behalf of their foundation doctors at a discount rate of up to 25%. For further details on discounts contact
Applications can be made at any time.
For queries, please contact:
T: 020 7869 6300
F: 020 7869 6320
- Please note that although we accept overseas applications for STEP® Foundation Programme the course is designed to support foundation trainees in the UK.
- Please note that overseas applicants are unable to access e-journals. They can only be accessed by members based in the UK due to licensing restrictions.
- The subscription fee is based on standard UK postage charges. Additional postage charges apply for delivering course materials to overseas addresses.
Feedback from previous STEP® Foundation Trainees:
'An extremely worthwhile day preparing for CT1 interviews. Mock interviews (style and content) conducted covered many useful possible interview topics, providing ideas for possible responses and evaluated appropriate answers. I am very pleased that I attended, and would like to thank Stella and Hayley for giving us a practical, sensible way of approaching the upcoming interview process.'
'I was thrown into a pre-operative assessment clinic with little clue to what I was doing – the pre-operative preparation section in module 1 was particularly helpful.'(Foundation trainee (FT) – Peninsula Deanery, Feb 2008)
'Case of the month makes an interesting focus for learning.' (FT - Northern Deanery, Feb 2008)
'The online learning is excellent.' (FT - KSS deanery, Feb 2008)
'The module workbooks are amazing. I like the concise nature of the workbook and how the information is applied to medical/surgical practice.' (June 2007)