How can I make the most of taking an FY3 year?

How can I make the most of taking an FY3 year?

May 16, 2023.

Taking an FY3 year is a unique opportunity to further expand your medical experience and hone your skills, while taking some time for yourself before choosing your specialism. It can help you decide what path to take in your career and broaden your horizons beyond the areas you’ve previously trained in.

Read on for ideas on what you can do during an FY3 year and our advice on how to make the most of it.


Consider your options when taking an FY3 year

Before diving into taking an FY3 year, you should think about what you want to achieve during this time. It’s important to identify your priorities, goals and preferences. Do you want to explore new specialties or take some time off to travel? Do you need to earn some money, or would you prefer to focus on research or further education? Reflecting on these questions can help you plan and make the most of your year.


Explore new specialties

If you’re still unsure which specialty to pursue, taking an FY3 year is the perfect opportunity to try out new specialties. You can gain valuable experience and insights that can help you decide which direction you want to take in your career. You can also consider taking up a specialty that you haven’t had the chance to explore yet during your foundation training. Through working with ID Medical, you’ll have access to various specialties and subspecialties across the UK.


Gain valuable experience

You can take the opportunity to gain valuable experience in your chosen field during your FY3 year. Try to take up roles that offer you a wide range of responsibilities. For instance, you may consider working in different hospitals, in different departments, or with different patient populations. These experiences can help you develop your skills, broaden your knowledge, and make you a more attractive candidate for future roles.



Taking an FY3 year to travel and work

With ID Medical, you’ll have the option to work as a locum doctor while exploring new areas of the country. You can take up placements in regions you’ve always wanted to visit or in places that are closer to family and friends. This flexibility can allow you to earn and save money while taking the time to explore and enjoy other areas of life outside of work.


Revalidation support

When taking an FY3 year, it’s essential to keep your training up-to-date and maintain your professional development. ID Medical provides revalidation support for doctors to ensure they have access to all the necessary training and support required to maintain their GMC registration.


Use the time to reflect

After years of continuous training and exams, an FY3 year can offer a unique chance to reflect and plan ahead. Use this time to think about your long-term career goals and consider what you need to achieve them. You can also use this time to focus on your wellbeing, learning to manage stress and burnout while prioritising self-care and hobbies outside of work.

An FY3 year is an excellent opportunity for junior doctors to expand their skills, explore new areas of the UK, and decide on a future career path. With expert planning and support from ID Medical, you can make the most of your year and develop into a more well-rounded and experienced doctor.

Register today and make the most of this unique opportunity.