BriefingBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7137.3b (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:S3b-7137
One of the concerns at the introduction of the specialist registrar (SpR) grade was that research experience would be squeezed. A recent survey of registrars in anaesthesia (Health Bulletin (Scotland) 1998;56:548-32) found that most felt research experience was beneficial, helped to improve appraisal skills, and wanted a period of research included in their four year SpR rotation. Why? Although they agreed that too much emphasis is still placed on research by appointment committees, the trainees think this is an important marker that the committees will use to distinguish otherwise generically trained doctors.