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End use of terms “junior” and “trainee,” says Royal College president

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 10 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4408
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

The president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has called for the introduction of a new term to describe doctors in training rather than “junior” or “trainee” doctors.

In a letter to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, seen by BMJ Careers, Michael Lavelle-Jones wrote, “we ask that a less pejorative term be found …

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