Clinical Development Fellows (CDFs) are doctors who have completed the Foundation Programme and contracted to a combination of clinical work and development time with NHS for a period of six months to one year.

The CDF post has been created to encourage doctors in training to remain in a medical post that provides an opportunity for development and to help fill gaps that may occur between Foundation Year 2 (FY2) and Core Training or Specialty Training. The post is designed to have reduced clinical hours compared with conventional training posts.

Protected development time is built in to allow the individual to progress in clinical or related areas, such as improvement, education, research and management. This provides great opportunity for the post holder to improve their academic portfolio although the post is not part of the academic training pathways and formal supervisory arrangement set out in Aberdeen Clinical Academic Training.

CDFs who wish to develop research skills with the view of pursuing clinical academic career are encouraged to contact Prof. Phyo Myint to discuss the opportunities.