The aim of this paper is to continue a dialogue regarding the possible future use of log-books during training. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has been considering their use at various stages of training in psychiatry. Cole & Scott (1991) rejected log-books as a tool for self-audit during registrar training because they were often not kept up to date. The situation in higher professional training is more complex; there is not the clear focus of studying for the Membership examination and there are many more training components to cover during a four year period. Thus, we feel that a system for self-audit and monitoring could well prove valuable at the senior registrar level. There is a tension for senior registrars with whom we discussed this issue at the last Annual Meeting of the Section and among colleagues on our rotation.
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