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Where can I find information about the Scottish Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP)?

Information about the Scottish SFP can be found here.

What publications, presentations and prizes can I submit as part of my SFP application?

For information about publications please see the UKFPO Applicants' Guide.

For presentations, applicants can submit up to a maximum of 10 presentations:

  • The oral or poster presentation must be given at a national or international conference organised by a recognised medical, professional or educational body. National means that the level of organisation is Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland or another country.
  • The poster or oral presentation must describe the applicant's academic work.
  • The applicant must be a named author on the presentation.
  • The presentation must have been accepted or taken place before the close of the application period (22nd September 2021).

For prizes:

  • Distinctions and merits must have been awarded during undergraduate/medical school.
  • The prize must be an undergraduate/medical school, national or international educational prize awarded by an organisation.
  • National means that the level of organisation is Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
  • Distinctions or merits must have been awarded before the close of the application period (22nd Septemebr 2021).
  • A prize is awarded for academic achievement rather than for an activity.

Can I add additional achievements to my application after the deadline?

No, all achievements must be as at 22nd September 2021 and you cannot add additional achievements after the application deadline.

What is the format of the SFP interview?

Candidates will be asked a series of questions by the interview panel.

How many stations are involved in the SFP interview?

Currently the AFP interview has one station.

Who will be on my interview panel?

The interview panel will be comprised of appropriately trained panellists.

Will I receive a written copy of the interview questions before, during or after my interview?

No, interview questions are confidential and are changed each year.

Will my decile score by used as part of the SFP offers process?

Decile scores will not be used to calculate your total score for SFP recruitment, however they may be used in a tie-break situation.

Am I allocated to a one- or two-year programme? 

All trainees allocated to the Scottish Foundation School are allocated to a two-year programme. For the Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP), trainees in the East, North and West are allocated to a fixed two-year rotation. In the South East trainees are allocated to a fixed F1 rotation and their F2 allocation is decided through an allocation process which takes place part-way through the F1 year.