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All research contributions are equal: some more so than others
  1. Temitope Fisayo
  1. GKT School of Medical Education, King’s College London, London SE1 1UL, UK
  1. Correspondence to Temitope Fisayo, GKT School of Medical Education, King's College London, London SE1 1UL, UK; temitope.fisayo{at}

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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 …

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  • 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.