In general practice “registrars” are more likely to be perceived as qualified than are “trainees”

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7058.693a (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:693
  1. J P Fisher, Registrar in general practice
  1. Albany Surgery, Newton Abbot TQ12 2TX

    EDITOR,—Last year a major change occurred in the terminology for those undertaking postregistration training in general practice. The term “trainee,” which had been used since 1950,1 was replaced by the term “registrar.” It had long been argued that the word “trainee” was derisory,2 equating as it does with “novice” or “greenhorn,” according to Roget's Thesaurus.3 In 1993 a survey showed that fewer than half the patients questioned thought that a trainee was …

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