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Being the 'med reg': an exploration of junior doctors' perceptions of the medical registrar role

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James Fisher, Dr Mark Garside



The role of the medical registrar is challenging and acknowledged as being a disincentive to a career in medicine for some junior doctors. We set out to build a broader understanding of the role through exploration of Foundation Doctors’ and Core Medical Trainees’ perceptions of the role. Data, gathered from focus groups, were analysed using a framework approach. Six key themes were identified, which were grouped under the headings ‘perceptions of the medical registrar role’ and ‘transition into the role’. Our work builds on existing literature to inform a deeper understanding of how junior doctors perceive the medical registrar role. In light of our findings we offer suggestions on possible training initiatives to tackle the issues identified. We also highlight positive perceptions of the role and emphasise the key ambassadorial role that current medical registrars have in relation to attracting tomorrow’s medical registrars to the specialty.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fisher J, Garside M, Brock P, Gibson V, Hunt K, Wyrko Z, Gordon AL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Year: 2017

Volume: 47

Issue: 1

Pages: 70-75

Print publication date: 01/03/2017

Online publication date: 01/03/2017

Acceptance date: 01/03/2017

Date deposited: 16/02/2018

ISSN (print): 1478-2715

ISSN (electronic): 2042-8189

Publisher: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


DOI: 10.4997/JRCPE.2017.116.


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