The Foundation Programme
EPM

01 EPM


  1. What is the Educational Performance Measure (EPM)?
  2. What are EPM deciles?
  3. I qualify from a UK medical school. How is my decile calculated?
  4. I qualify from a non-UK medical school. How is my decile calculated?
  5. I am unsure whether my additional academic achievements will be eligible for points? How can I find out?
  6. Why does the Nottingham BMedSci get fewer points than other degrees?
  7. Can I appeal against my EPM points score?
  8. Why will I not receive any points for my non-academic activities?
  9. I am applying to the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP). How will my EPM score be used?
  10. I have applied previously to the Foundation Programme. How is my EPM score calculated?
  11. What are the consequences of failing to book an SJT?

02 Educational Achievements - Degrees


  1. Can I get points for my MBA?
  2. I have a BSc and an MSc. How can I record both?
  3. I have a BA (2:2) from Oxford. After a period of time and upon payment of a fee, the BA has become an MA. Can I claim a Masters degree?
  4. I have a 2.1 MA from Edinburgh University. Would this gain four points on the application form?
  5. Does the subject of my honours degree matter?
  6. What should I put in the "subject of qualification"
  7. I have qualified as a dentist and passed my membership exams. How can I record this?
  8. I have an overseas degree and received a GPA score of 3.65 out of 4. What do I do?
  9. I have completed all the work required for my Masters degree (it is a MSc) and have a provisional pass, but will not graduate until July 2018. Can I count this on the application form and get four points?
  10. My degree certificate doesn't show my degree classification. What other evidence should I provide?
  11. Can I get points for a postgraduate diploma?
  12. I don't have the original copy of my degree certificate; is it ok to upload a photocopy?
  13. My degree certificate is not in English, what can I do?
  14. I have been awarded a degree, but I do not have a certificate yet. What can I provide as evidence?
  15. As a result of illness I was unable to complete my degree, but I was awarded my degree on a Deemed to have Deserve Honours (DDH) basis. Would I still be awarded the points?
  16. I do not have a degree certificate so have to supply the degree confirmation letter but my medical school doesn't have an official stamp. What can I do?
  17. I have an intergrated master's degree with a classification of 2.1, what evidence can I upload to confirm it is a master's degree not an undergraduate degree?

02 Educational Achievements - General


  1. How many points are available for educational achievements?
  2. Can I upload more than one piece of evidence for each achievement?
  3. What format can my evidence be uploaded in and is there a size limit?
  4. How can I reduce the size of my documents to fit the requirements?
  5. Can I upload documents in black and white?
  6. Will I be penalised if I include something in the additional educational achievements section which the verifiers later decide does not meet the criteria?
  7. I've recently changed my name by deed poll and my educational achievements are all in my previous name. What can I do to prove they are my achievements?
  8. Can I appeal against my verified educational achievements score?
  9. Why were prizes removed from the educational achievements section?
  10. Why have presentations been removed from the application process?
  11. Can I send my evidence to the UKFPO to check before I upload it to my application?
  12. If the verification panel deems my evidence does not meet the requirements and therefore I am not awarded the points, will I have an opportunity to provide additional or alternative evidence?
  13. In the 'Format of Document' section for educational performance evidence it states that 'Please note that documents produced on an Apple Mac are not compatible'. I have scanned by publication evidence onto an Apple Mac to upload, will this be ok?
  14. Can I include a web link to my educational achievements evidence instead of the actual document?

03 Educational Achievements - Publications


  1. I have had an abstract published but not a paper. Does this count?
  2. Is it possible to include a publication from a peer-reviewed journal that is available via abstracting and indexing databases other than PubMed, such as Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Elsevier and CINAH?
  3. I have just heard that a paper of mine has been accepted, but don't have any more information, like a publication date or PMID. What can I do?
  4. Do I have to the be the first named author on a publication with a PMID to be awarded a point?
  5. Why do only publications with a PubMed ID qualify for points?
  6. I have a publication but it is in my maiden name; can I still include it on the form?
  7. My publication has a PubMed ID number but is only currently available in electronic format. What should I put for the volume and page number?
  8. If I am listed on PubMed as a collaborator and not an author, would I still be awarded a point?
  9. I have a publication with a PMID but I completed it during my previous degree and not my medical degree - does this still count for a point?
  10. I have a publication with a PCMID number - does this qualify for a point?
  11. If I enter an incorrect PMID number on my application, will my publication be verified using the title or authors name?

01 EPM


  1. What is the Educational Performance Measure (EPM)?

    The EPM is a measure of clinical and non-clinical skills, knowledge and performance up to the point of application to the Foundation Programme. All applicants to the Foundation Programme, including the Academic Foundation Programme, will be awarded an EPM score.

    The EPM score is based on three components, with a combined score of up to 50 points:

    • Medical school performance (34 - 43 points)
    • Additional degrees (up to 5 points)
    • Publications (up to 2 points)

    The EPM framework was agreed by students, medical school staff and employers in 2011 following extensive consultation, piloting and an EPM Task and Finish Group. For more information please refer to www.isfp.org.uk

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  2. What are EPM deciles?

    Applicants are assessed and ranked on their performance at medical school in relation to the graduating cohort up to the point of application to the Foundation Programme. Applicants are 'competition ranked' into the top 10%, top 20% etc. of their cohort according to a range of assessments, as defined by their medical school, and allocated into the appropriate deciles.

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  3. I qualify from a UK medical school. How is my decile calculated?

    Your medical school will be able to advise you on the 'basket of assessments' used to calculate your decile, aligned with the principles of the EPM framework.

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  4. I qualify from a non-UK medical school. How is my decile calculated?

    As part of your application to the Eligibility Office, you are required to submit a Dean's statement confirming your eligibility for application. The statement also confirms i) the size of your year group, ii) your class rank in your year group, and iii) the decile rank in your year group.

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  5. I am unsure whether my additional academic achievements will be eligible for points? How can I find out?

    The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) Recruitment Delivery Group provides detailed information about the eligibility for points for degrees and publications, and the evidence required. More information can be found in the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook.

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  6. Why does the Nottingham BMedSci get fewer points than other degrees?

    The Nottingham BMedSci is a classified honours degree that is integrated during the five year BMBS undergraduate programme. Other classified honours degree programmes require an additional year of study, so these degrees are eligible for one point more than the Nottingham BMedSci. This means that if you hold a first class honours BMedSci degree from Nottingham, you would be eligible for 3 points, whereas a first class honours degree requiring an additional year of study would be eligible for 4 points.

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  7. Can I appeal against my EPM points score?

    Yes. You will be able to view your EPM decile score when you register on Oriel in September 2017 - any queries about your EPM decile score should be directed to your medical school. You will be able to view your points for EPM additional educational achievements on 23 October 2017. Appeals information and documents will be published, and there will be an opportunity for you to appeal your EPM additional points.

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  8. Why will I not receive any points for my non-academic activities?

    The person specification sets out the skills and attributes required for the Foundation Programme. These attributes are assessed through your answers to the SJT, and it would be difficult to determine a reliable and valid measure of the impact and benefits of non-academic activities which does not double count the attributes already assessed on the application. It would also be difficult to compare sporting achievements with climbing a mountain, volunteering abroad or caring responsibilities, in a way which does not disadvantage applicants who do not have access to the same opportunities.

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  9. I am applying to the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP). How will my EPM score be used?

    As part of your application to individual Academic Units of Application (UoA) it is likely that you will be asked to provide more information about additional educational achievements. The AUoA may also refer to your EPM decile score when considering your application. For detail around the application process to AFP please refer to the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook.

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  10. I have applied previously to the Foundation Programme. How is my EPM score calculated?

    If you re-apply to the Foundation Programme, or if you apply for the first time post-graduation, your original EPM decile score will carry forward (i.e. any subsequent assessments will not be taken into account). The points for additional educational achievements will be awarded at the time of application to FP 2018. Remember that you will still need to take the SJT again, as your score is calculated relative to all other applicants applying in that year.

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  11. What are the consequences of failing to book an SJT?

    Applicants will be withdrawn from the entire recruitment process on account of failure to book the SJT.

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02 Educational Achievements - Degrees


  1. Can I get points for my MBA?

    Yes. Any Postgraduate Masters degree that has been ratified by the examination board before you submit your application will qualify for four points, regardless of the discipline. This is providing the degree represents a further year of study in addition to the undergraduate degree and there is an entry requirement of a previous degree or equivalent.

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  2. I have a BSc and an MSc. How can I record both?

    No, it is only possible to claim points for one additional degree. We recommend you choose the one that gives you the highest number of points. Check the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook for full details.

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  3. I have a BA (2:2) from Oxford. After a period of time and upon payment of a fee, the BA has become an MA. Can I claim a Masters degree?

    No. This degree is still an undergraduate degree. A Masters degree must entail an extra year of study in addition to the undergraduate degree and have an entry requirement of a previous degree or equivalent. You should choose honours degree, class 2:2 from the drop-down menu on the application form.

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  4. I have a 2.1 MA from Edinburgh University. Would this gain four points on the application form?

    No, this is an undergraduate degree; therefore you would be awarded three points.

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  5. Does the subject of my honours degree matter?

    No. All undergraduate and postgraduate degrees will be eligible for points regardless of the discipline, provided they have been ratified by the examination board by the date you submit your application.

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  6. What should I put in the "subject of qualification"

    The subject of qualification is written on your degree certificate.

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  7. I have qualified as a dentist and passed my membership exams. How can I record this?

    This section of the application form is only about additional degrees. You would choose BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) from the drop down menu as stated in the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook. Membership exams do not gain points.

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  8. I have an overseas degree and received a GPA score of 3.65 out of 4. What do I do?

    You need to refer to the UKFP 2018 Applicants Handbook which gives you guidance about how to convert overseas degrees. 

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  9. I have completed all the work required for my Masters degree (it is a MSc) and have a provisional pass, but will not graduate until July 2018. Can I count this on the application form and get four points?

    You can only be awarded points for this degree if it has been ratified by the examination board by the time you submit your application form and you can provide the evidence required. See the UKFP 2018 Applicant’s Handbook for further guidance.

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  10. My degree certificate doesn't show my degree classification. What other evidence should I provide?

    If your degree certificate does not display the class of the degree, you must provide the original certificate together with an official letter from the Registrar’s Office of the original university that confirms the classification.

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  11. Can I get points for a postgraduate diploma?

    No, only additional degrees qualify for points, postgraduate diplomas or certificates do not.

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  12. I don't have the original copy of my degree certificate; is it ok to upload a photocopy?

    Yes, as long as all the required information can be read clearly a photocopy is acceptable.

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  13. My degree certificate is not in English, what can I do?

    You will need to provide the original degree certificate along with an official English translation. As there is only room to provide one piece of evidence you will need to scan these into one document. Please note this also relates to degree certificates in Latin or Gaelic. 

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  14. I have been awarded a degree, but I do not have a certificate yet. What can I provide as evidence?

    If  you do not have degree certificate vailable, then you must provide a degree confirmation letter, printed on university headed writing paper and include the official stamp of the University and the signature of the Dean (or authorised official in the Registrar’s office) that confirms the ratification of the degree. An example of this letter can be found in Appendix 1 of the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook.

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  15. As a result of illness I was unable to complete my degree, but I was awarded my degree on a Deemed to have Deserve Honours (DDH) basis. Would I still be awarded the points?

    Degrees awarded on a DDH basis will only be awarded one point for an unclassified degree, regardless of what classification you were awarded. This is because there are only one or two universities that recognise degrees on this basis.

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  16. I do not have a degree certificate so have to supply the degree confirmation letter but my medical school doesn't have an official stamp. What can I do?

    As long as your degree confirmation letter provides all the required other information (see Appendix 1 of the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook) and is written on official university headed paper and is signed by the Dean or authorised official in the Registrar's office then this will be sufficient. 

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  17. I have an intergrated master's degree with a classification of 2.1, what evidence can I upload to confirm it is a master's degree not an undergraduate degree?

    Typically masters' degrees are awarded a pass/merit or distinction classification.  If you are claiming points for an a master's degree and your certificate has the undergraduate classification i.e. 2.1,2.2 you must upload a copy of your degree certificate AND a letter from your University confirming that the level of qualification is aligned with the UK Higher Education Qualification Framework (published by QAA) at level 7 (England, Wale, N. Ireland) or level 11 (Scotland).  All letters must be on letter headed paper. 

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02 Educational Achievements - General


  1. How many points are available for educational achievements?

    There are seven points in total: five for additional degrees and up to two for publications.

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  2. Can I upload more than one piece of evidence for each achievement?

    No, you can only upload one file as evidence for each degree or publication. If your evidence includes more than one document (e.g. your degree certificate and an offical translation) you will need to scan them into a single file for you upload it.

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  3. What format can my evidence be uploaded in and is there a size limit?

    Evidence can be uploaded in any of the following formats:

    • .doc
    • .docx
    • .rtf
    • .pdf
    • .jpg

    The size limit is 2MB per upload and only one piece of evidence can be uploaded per educational achievement (see FAQ 2 above).

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  4. How can I reduce the size of my documents to fit the requirements?

    Please click here to read guidance on how to reduce the size of documents using a HP scanner. Please note that most scanners will have an option to reduce the size of the scanned document.

    We recommend that you contact your scanner supplier for more information on how to reduce the size of your documents.

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  5. Can I upload documents in black and white?

    Yes, documents can be uploaded in either colour or black and white as long as the required information is clearly legible.

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  6. Will I be penalised if I include something in the additional educational achievements section which the verifiers later decide does not meet the criteria?

    The UKFP 2018 Applicant’s Handbook includes details of all valid achievements and the evidence required. We recommend that you only record achievements that meet the criteria. However, you will not be penalised if you include something that does not meet the criteria. The verification panel will simply reduce your score accordingly.

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  7. I've recently changed my name by deed poll and my educational achievements are all in my previous name. What can I do to prove they are my achievements?

    You need to complete the ‘Previous family name/surname’ question in the personal details section of the application form. This will be used to verify any educational achievements in your previous name. Failure to provide this information will mean any achievements in your previous name will not be awarded points.

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  8. Can I appeal against my verified educational achievements score?

    You will be able to view your verified educational achievements score on Oriel on 23 October 2017. If, after reviewing the criteria in the UKFP 2018 Applicant's Handbook and the evidence you uploaded, you believe there is a discrepancy with your score, either on the grounds that the verification process was not applied with appropriate diligence and care, or that the decision was made in a prejudicial way.

    The appeals process and proforma can be found on the applicant guidance page.

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  9. Why were prizes removed from the educational achievements section?

    Each year the educational achievements criteria are subject to review by the UKFPO Recruitment Rules Group. When reviewing the 2013 criteria, it was found that fewer than 5% of educational achievements claimed were prizes. Of this 5%, almost 60% had their score adjusted to zero for their prize by the verification panel as the prize did not meet the stated criteria.

    It is evident from these figures that applicants found it difficult to comply with the criteria for this type of achievement due to the vast array of prizes awarded around the world. In order to ensure that points awarded for educational achievements are fair and that there is consistency between verification panels, prizes have been removed from the FP application process.

    Please note that applicants to the Academic Foundation Programme can still include details of prizes in the academic section of the application form.

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  10. Why have presentations been removed from the application process?

    Every year, the educational achievements criteria and process are reviewed by the UKFPO Recruitment Rules Group (this includes representatives from each of the UKFPO’s key stakeholder groups including the BMA MSC, GMC, NHS Employers, medical schools and foundation schools).  The review takes into account feedback received from applicants, as well as the clinicians and experts who participate in the National Verification Day. The aim is to continue to improve the process for applicants and changes may be recommended

    Many of you will already be aware that there are hundreds of conferences that take place across the world each year. It is not possible to identify all potentially recognisable medical professional/educational events ahead of the National Verification Day. In addition, it is evident from the 30% of applicants who had claimed points for presentations on their FP 2014 application and had their score adjusted, and from the number of presentation-related enquiries the UKFPO deals with, that it is difficult for applicants to understand how to comply with the criteria. We aim to be as consistent as possible  but with over 9,500 individual items to be verified, it is almost impossible for the verification panels to ensure they make a fair and objective judgement every time, and anomalies do occur.

    Therefore, to ensure the method by which points are awarded for educational achievements is fair and there is consistency between verification panels, the UKFPO Recruitment Rules Group has made the decision that points for educational achievements will be given for qualifications and publications only, and presentations will no longer qualify for points on the FP application form. While we understand that some individuals will not welcome this decision, we believe it is in the best interests of the majority of applicants and it will ensure the process remains consistent for all.

    Applicants who are also applying to the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) can still include presentations in the ‘Academic Selection’ section of the online form. Additionally, these achievements can be useful for applications for posts throughout your medical career, especially if you are able to convert your presentation to a publication.

    The total number of points available for the educational achievements section will remain the same – up to five points for an additional degree, and up to two points for publications. 

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  11. Can I send my evidence to the UKFPO to check before I upload it to my application?

    No, the UKFPO cannot review educational achievements evidence on an individual basis. It is up to you to read the criteria in the UKFP 2018 Applicant’s Handbook and ensure it meets all the requirements. If your evidence is not sufficient you will not be awarded a point.

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  12. If the verification panel deems my evidence does not meet the requirements and therefore I am not awarded the points, will I have an opportunity to provide additional or alternative evidence?

    No, once your application has been submitted you cannot submit additional or alternative evidence to support your educational achievements.

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  13. In the 'Format of Document' section for educational performance evidence it states that 'Please note that documents produced on an Apple Mac are not compatible'. I have scanned by publication evidence onto an Apple Mac to upload, will this be ok?

    Documents which are produced in 'Pages' on an Apple Mac are not compatible on the application system. However, documents which are produced in PDF or Word on a Mac, or uploaded to a Mac, will be fine.

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  14. Can I include a web link to my educational achievements evidence instead of the actual document?

    Web links are not acceptable and will not be verified. You must upload a copy of the actual document as evidence.

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03 Educational Achievements - Publications


  1. I have had an abstract published but not a paper. Does this count?

    All publications which have a PubMed ID (PMID) are counted. However, the abstract will only count as a publication if the PMID links directly to the abstract and details of the title and author. If the PMID only links to conference proceedings and there is no detailed list, it will not count.

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  2. Is it possible to include a publication from a peer-reviewed journal that is available via abstracting and indexing databases other than PubMed, such as Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Elsevier and CINAH?

    No. Only publications with a PubMed ID (PMID) will be accepted for purposes of the UKFP 2018 application.

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  3. I have just heard that a paper of mine has been accepted, but don't have any more information, like a publication date or PMID. What can I do?

    You cannot claim points for a publication if there is no PMID number. Therefore, in this case the paper will not count even if it has been accepted for publication.

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  4. Do I have to the be the first named author on a publication with a PMID to be awarded a point?

    No, you just have to be a named author.

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  5. Why do only publications with a PubMed ID qualify for points?

    This is to ensure all applicants are dealt with fairly and consistently. The rules regarding points awarded for educational achievements must be easily applied to all applications with no ambiguity and to avoid value judgements by the verifiers. For this reason, the UKFPO Recruitment Rules Group agreed that a PubMed ID is valid as a single, verifiable means of proving a paper has been published and removes any incertainty in verifying.

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  6. I have a publication but it is in my maiden name; can I still include it on the form?

    Yes, but you must ensure that you answer the question “Previous family name/surname” in the personal details section of the application form as this will be used to verify that the publication is your own work. Failure to answer this question will result in you not being awarded points for the publication.

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  7. My publication has a PubMed ID number but is only currently available in electronic format. What should I put for the volume and page number?

    If you do not have this information available, you should use '1' as the default value for the volume and page numbers.

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  8. If I am listed on PubMed as a collaborator and not an author, would I still be awarded a point?

    Points in this section are awarded for academic excellence so it is expected that you would have played a central role in the research and should therefore be listed as an author.

    If you are listed as a collaborator you will not be awarded a point.

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  9. I have a publication with a PMID but I completed it during my previous degree and not my medical degree - does this still count for a point?

    Educational achievements must have been undertaken since you began your university education (i.e. achievements from school or college do not count), but do not necessarily have to relate to your medical degree. 

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  10. I have a publication with a PCMID number - does this qualify for a point?

    No, only PubMed ID (PMID) numbers are accepted. PCMID, DOI or ISBN numbers are not. 

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  11. If I enter an incorrect PMID number on my application, will my publication be verified using the title or authors name?

    No – only the PMID number will be used to verify your publication. If the number links to the wrong publication you will not be awarded the points. Therefore we advise that you enter the number carefully and check it to ensure it links to the correct work.

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