Clinical academics are the key link between research and medical practice. Developing your skills and confidence in research can make a real difference to patient care.

As a Clinician at Imperial, you can access the PFDC programme of support if:

  • you are pursuing a clinical academic career post PhD
  • you are a final year clinical PhD fellow actively pursuing a clinical academic career

The PFDC programme of support aims to enhance your skill set in research to help you progress in your clinical academic career. The programme of support includes:

If you are eligible to access PFDC services and are not currently on our mailing list, please email Elena Virlan, Centre Manager, who can add you to the distribution lists:

Clinical Academic Training Office

The PFDC and the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) work together to support clinicians in developing their clinical academic careers. CATO is a dedicated, centralised multi-professional academic training hub and point of contact for advice on academic careers for the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre. CATO supports a growing community of clinical academic researchers from medicine, nursing/AHPs/clinical scientists/pharmacists, and supports all Imperial clinicians undertaking PhDs.

CATO provides useful resources and information, supports specific fellowship programmes and runs a series of research conferences, careers sessions and masterclasses with 2 core themes: developing a research career and research skills.

Further details are on the CATO website.