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Foundation programme will have unfilled places this year

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 22 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j903
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

Posts will be cut to manage undersubscription. Abi Rimmer reports

The UK foundation training programme will be undersubscribed in 2017, and 63 training posts will be cut in England, the UK Foundation Programme Office has said. The UKFPO said that when applications for the 2017 programme closed on Friday 14 October 2016 it had received 98 more applications than the number of places available. Using data on withdrawals from previous years, it predicted that the programme would be undersubscribed by 444 applicants at the point of allocation in March 2017.1

Before 2017 the foundation programme has been oversubscribed every year since 2011. But despite the oversubscription, every year all applicants had been placed.

In its report on foundation programme undersubscription the UKFPO said that the overall percentage of UK medical students applying to the UK foundation programme had fallen only slightly, from 94.8% in 2015 to 94.1% in 2016. However, looking at …

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