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UK medical students are no longer guaranteed a placement when they graduate
This year, for the first time, UK final year medical students could not be guaranteed a foundation programme post. In September the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) warned students that the 2011 foundation programme—the training post required for full registration as a doctor for people training in the United Kingdom—was oversubscribed, which may mean a small number of medical graduates could miss out on a place.1 Despite reassurances that most students will be accommodated as usual, the uncertainty and the new element of competition hung over students during the application period in October.
The UKFPO, together with the UK health departments, BMA’s Medical Students Committee and the Junior Doctor Committee, and the Medical School Council have formulated a contingency plan for applicants who are not allocated on 8 December 2010. Applications will be scored in the usual way. If applicants outnumber foundation programme posts, the top applicants will be matched