The Educational Performance Measure (EPM) reflects how applicants have performed academically up to the point of application to the Foundation Programme. The EPM score is worth 50 points. The remaining 50 points are derived from the SJT score.
UK medical schools have agreed a specified and standardised framework, which incorporates existing performance measures, in order to calculate an applicant’s performance in deciles in relation to all others in the final year cohort. It is published in the EPM Framework.
An EPM framework was agreed by students, employers and all medical schools in 2011 following piloting and review by a Task and Finish Group. The EPM framework sets out the common principles to be used by UK medical schools when calculating the EPM decile points. The principles enable local flexibility to determine the weighting of different assessments, but specify that assessments should be summative, represent the average performance rather than a snapshot, and should include written and practical forms of assessment.
The rules for additional degrees and publications and presentations, and the standards of evidence, are defined in the UKFPO Applicant Handbook. For details of the current EPM Framework, please refer to the UK Foundation Programme Office website.