What is the EPM?
The Educational Performance Measure (EPM) is a measure of clinical and non-clinical skills, knowledge and performance up to the point of application.
The EPM score comprises the following elements:
- medical school performance in deciles (34-43 points)
- additional degrees (0-5 points)
- academic achievements (0-2 points)
How do I find out my EPM?
Your medical school performance score will be calculated by your medical school. The score will be divided into 10 equal groups (deciles) based on performance in a number of assessments.
If you are graduating from a UK medical school, the score you achieve from your medical school performance will be supplied by your medical school and uploaded on to the online Foundation Programme Application System (FPAS).
With regard to educational achievements, there are two parts to this:
- additional degrees and
- other educational achievements.
What are other educational achievements?
There are two parts to educational achievements: additional degrees worth up to a maximum of five points and publications worth up to a maximum of two points.
You can gain a maximum of seven points in this section. Please note that you must complete all of the required information and upload evidence to support your achievement(s) in each of the categories or you won't be allocated any points.
What is an additional degree?
An additional degree is in addition to your primary medical degree that you either have or for which you are currently studying.
Please note that postgraduate certificates (such as a PGCE) or diplomas do not count. It is important to note that you can only be awarded points for a degree:
- if the degree and if appropriate, the degree classification has been ratified by the Examination Board before you submit your application, and
- you can submit the required evidence.
How do I get a point for publication?
In order to get a point for a publication, your work must have been published and must have a PubMed ID number (PMID). If there is no PMID, you will NOT be awarded the point.
Please note that DOI, ISBN or PCMID numbers are not sufficient.
How does the EPM and the SJT weighting work?
The EPM points and SJT points are combined and the combined score is used to rank all applicants in order to determine allocation.
Despite the SJT being on a longer scale to the EPM (0.00 – 50.00 versus 34-50), the scaling process for the SJT takes into account the distribution of the EPM to ensure the distributions of each set of scores are similar. Therefore each measure exerts a similar weight on the total score and the rank awarded.