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Rahnejat, Okhiria and Webster propose in a recent article that the United Kingdom Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) redesign the point-based system used to score foundation programme applicants.1 Their proposals centre on the allocation of points related for student involvement in published research. The authors seek to establish a hierarchy of published research such that some kinds of research and authorship (such as being first author, or the work being a randomised controlled trial (RCT)) are valued greater than others (letters to the editor—the present one included!)
As a medical student who will soon be grappling with the UKFPO, I seek to register my dissent. The authors rightly highlight that ‘qualifying publications as …
Contributors TF is the sole author of the letter.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.