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Expectations of prospective senior registrars and those who appoint them

  • Jon Izaguirre (a1) and Lester Sireling (a2)
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Access to a senior registrar post is growing more difficult because of increasing competition. The College Court of Electors and Joint Committee for High Psychiatric Training have agreed only two criteria for appointment as SR in Psychiatry (possession of MRCPsych and at least three years of general professional training), but, despite heavy workloads, busy timetables, and the need to prepare for the membership examination, clinical skills and dedication to patients will not ensure career progress if they are not accompanied by other aspects of training, sometimes with insufficient facilities and supervision. Indeed, Lewis (1991), after reviewing a group of applications for SR posts, found that the only variable which predicted likelihood of being shortlisted was having published: “Trainers generally believe that evidence of completed research and publications say more about a trainee than a good reference ever can”.

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Crisp, A. H. (1990) The case for teaching and research experience and education within basic specialist training (registrar grade) in psychiatry. Psychiatry Bulletin, 14, 163164.
Junaid, O. & Staines, J. (1990) Career progression in psychiatry: Perceptions and realities. Psychiatric Bulletin, 14, 486489.
Lewis, S. (1991) The right stuff? A prospective controlled trial of trainees' research. Psychiatric Bulletin, 15, 478480.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists (1987) Handbook for Inceptors and Trainees in Psychiatry, 8687.
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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Expectations of prospective senior registrars and those who appoint them

  • Jon Izaguirre (a1) and Lester Sireling (a2)
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