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Factors influencing the engagement in research of medical undergraduates and clinical trainees
  1. James McVeigh1,
  2. Milad Jeilani2,
  3. Jonathan Super2
  1. 1Respiratory Department, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Maidstone, UK
  2. 2General Surgery, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Maidstone, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr James McVeigh, Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Maidstone, ME16 9QQ, UK; james.mcveigh1{at}

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We read with great interest the letter published by Ooi et al, which discussed the impact of removal of points for additional educational achievements from the UK Foundation Programme (UKFP) application score for the 2023 cohort.1 Educational achievement points can be gained through additional degrees or publications, and account for seven points in the 100-point application score for medical undergraduates. The UKFP’s reasoning for removal of additional educational achievement points, as highlighted in their letter published on 30 November 2020, was that their inclusion has resulted in less differentiation between candidates in recent years, and that there are inconsistencies in opportunities to obtain additional degrees.2 However, there was no direct reasoning for removal of points for publications.

In 1993, the General Medical Council (GMC) set out Tomorrow’s Doctors, which highlighted the outcomes and standards for undergraduate medical education. In 2018, the GMC updated their primary outcomes for graduates to (1) professional values and behaviours, (2) professional skills, and (3) professional knowledge. As part of their professional knowledge outcome, they highlight clinical research and scholarship as a key principle, including the importance of interpreting evidence and appraising literature to identify answers to clinical problems, and also designing studies to promote evidence-based medicine.

Engagement in research is important for medical undergraduates and clinical trainees as found by the Research for all report that was published by the Royal College of Physicians in 2015.3 The report showed that doctors are committed …

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  • Contributors All authors were involved in the study design, collection of data and analysis of results. JM wrote the manuscript, while all three authors were involved in reviewing the final version of the manuscript.

  • 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.

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