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SFP Application Timeline

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Navigating the application process for a Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP) demands meticulous planning and a thorough understanding of key dates. Missing a deadline could result in missing out on an opportunity to embark on a unique medical journey that combines clinical practice with specialisation, be it research, leadership, or medical education. This article will guide you through the essential milestones in the SFP application timeline.

Phase One: Pre-application Preparations

The SFP application process unofficially begins long before the application window opens. Medical students are advised to start their preparations in their penultimate year of study. This is the time to consider what specialisations interest you and to engage in relevant experiences like research projects, medical education modules, or leadership courses.

Typically, around June to August, detailed information about available SFP posts is released. Use this period to research the programmes that interest you and start gathering your supporting documents.

Navigating the Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP) application process for the 2024 intake entails adhering to a precise sequence of deadlines and activities. Below is a comprehensive timeline highlighting these critical dates.

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Application and Shortlisting Phase: September to November 2023

The national application period kicks off on 0 September 2023. Applicants have precisely until 12 midday BST on 04 October 2023 to submit their applications via the Oriel system. Failure to adhere to this deadline will result in ineligibility. Shortly after this, from 10 October to 31 October 2023, regions will conduct their longlisting and shortlisting procedures. Between 06 November and 10 November 2023, shortlisted candidates will receive their interview invitations.

Interview Stage: November 2023

The crucial interview phase will take place in November – for example, in London expect the dates to be 21-23 November. The format includes a station-based interview encompassing four SFP-focused questions and a clinical scenario. As these interviews may be conducted online, a robust internet connection and an undisturbed environment are prerequisites for a successful interview experience.

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Offer and Clearing Period: January to February 2024

The first significant milestone of 2024 will be 10 January, the National Offers Day. On this day, successful applicants will receive their formal offers, which must be accepted or declined on Oriel within 48 hours. Any offers unclaimed by the stated deadline will be relinquished.

Subsequently, between 17 January and 2 February 2024, cascade SFP national offers will be extended to other successful candidates, again with a 48-hour window for acceptance on Oriel. Finally, SFP clearing will occur from 05 February to 09 February 2024 to fill any remaining positions.

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