We are delighted to announce that our letter to the Foundation Programme Application System (FPAS) organizers has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Surgery (IJS), with over 900 signatories.

You can view the letter here: Letter

FPAS seeks to reward the ‘academic excellence’ of students, however it fails to achieve this aim. Currently, students are not awarded points for projects which are published under collaborative authorship. This is in contrast to secondary authors on lower quality papers such as case reports. This is despite the hard work and dedication needed, educational value and other transferrable skills gained by participating in collaborative research, which is often greater than those projects which are awarded points. We therefore wrote to the organizers of FPAS to challenge their policy and request they award points to collaborators in collaborative research projects.

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