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“Demeaning” junior doctor title should be abandoned, report says

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 31 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o854
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. The BMJ

It is time to retire the term “junior doctor” because it is outdated, demeaning, vague, and confusing, a report commissioned by Health Education England has recommended.1

“The term ‘junior doctor’ does not fit with the incredibly hard work that all qualified doctors do every day. Let’s just say, ‘doctors,’” said Scarlett McNally, author of the report and consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Traditionally, the term “junior doctor” has been used to describe doctors who aspire to be consultants or GPs and are working through a series of posts as part of specialist or general practice training. But these staff are not …

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