|These are the dates for the 2013/14 cycle. |
August 14th - Deadline for submitting documentation to the Eligibility Office, if you are graduating from a non-UK medical school or graduated from any medical school prior to August 2012.
September 30th - Registration & enrolment begins.
From this date, all UoA and AUoA programs will be available to view online, so that you can start making a draft list of which AFPs you might apply to, and how you might rank your FP deaneries. Remember that you need to rank all the UoAs for an FP application.
Once you're registered, you'll be able to see your EPM decile score. At this stage, make a note of the PubMed IDs of any publications and details of any prizes you have or presentations you've done. Read over the application questions so that you have all the information ready to input once the application window opens. If you're an academic applicant, prepare your answers for the white space questions.
October 7th - Applications open.
You've not got long to get your application filled out and submitted. If you're going to be away on elective in this period, make sure you'll have internet access or nominate someone you trust to fill out the application for you back home. Do not leave your application until the last minute - the computer system is almost guaranteed to die on the 18th, so don't risk being caught in the last minute rush that overwhelms the servers - get your application submitted early.
October 18th - Applications close at midday.
From this time, the UKFPO can try to clarify whether you truly did that presentation or not, and let you know your overall EPM score (not your overall score - the SJT is still to come). AFPs will start shortlisting applicants and calling people for interview, according to local processes.
December 6th - First SJT sitting.
Your medical school will let you know which sitting of the SJT you'll be in, as this often depends on whether or not you're on elective at this time of year. Take a very good eraser into the exam! Last years papers were screwed up by the computer misreading eraser marks or misplaced answers.
December 13th - Deadline for submitting extenuating circumstances to UKFPO - if you have a legitimate, recognised reason for wanting to be placed in a certain deanery, this is the last day to claim this.
January 6th - Second SJT sitting. Double check the time - whilst the December SJT is an afternoon paper, this one's in the morning.
January 22nd til Febrary 19th - Offers are made for the AFP (Academic Foundation Program).
If you got an AFP job, congrats! You can relax, your FPAS journey is over. If you didn't, it's not the end of the road for you yet - many applicants get offers through reserve lists or second offer rounds, and if this still doesn't get you an AFP post, you're back in the main FPAS pool at no disadvantage to anyone who didn't go through AFP.
March 10th - First round deanery offers are made for the Foundation Program.
This allocates the vast majority of students to deaneries. Approximately 300 applicants will be left without jobs at this stage, but so far the UKFPO has managed to place every single UK graduate in a job before August. You might just have to wait a while, as you're waiting for someone else to give up their place, either by choice or by having failed finals.
If you've been allocated a deanery, they'll send you details of how to rank the jobs available to you. Often they'll tell you where you rank within the deanery cohort - technically, if you're number one then you are guaranteed your first choice job, but if you're number 347, you'll probably need to rank at least 347 jobs to be sure of getting something you picked. Some deaneries ask you to select groups of programs (usually grouped by location) before running a second round of ranking for programs within your allocated group.
April 4th - Deadline for entering program preferences on FPAS.
This is where you select the rotations (usually specified as a certain department in a certain hospital) you want to do during FY1. Some deaneries attach a certain FY2 placement onto each group of FY1 groups, others have a separate job allocation process for FY2 once you've started working. Jobs are grouped together so that you can't do an entire year of surgery or avoid it altogether.
April 8th - Job allocations are announced.
This is the stage where you can finally tell your mum that you're going to be an FY1 in Such-and-such Hospital, starting in the Thingy department! Celebrate, then check over the details of when you need to sort GMC registration, shadowing placements, and contract signing.
April 9th - Deadline for references to be submitted to FPAS
May onwards - Reserve list allocations are made.
If you're on this list, you'll have received an email letting you know which dates further jobs are being released on, as well as being told the range of scores on the reserve list as the highest scoring applicants will be placed first.
May to July - Pre-employment checks are undertaken. This may involve an interview with your deanery.