Definition of house officer in US English:

house officer


  • A qualified doctor practicing under supervision in a hospital in the first year after graduation; a medical intern.

    • ‘I was appointed as a senior house officer in general surgery at a remote district general hospital.’
    • ‘He worked as a senior house officer and registrar in gynaecology and obstetrics until 1980, when he changed career to general practice.’
    • ‘Each physician team consisted of a board-certified critical care physician, a critical care fellow, and medical and surgical house officers.’
    • ‘Physician assistants are employed more often as house officers within the hospital setting than are nurse practitioners; surgery and its subspecialties are the most popular in-house specialties.’
    • ‘After house officer posts he entered general practice as a locum and then took up a definitive post in the Markets area of Belfast.’
    • ‘With house officers and senior house officers working shifts as short as four hours, I believe that the ‘team’ nature of on-call surgery is being lost for ever.’
    • ‘This is a fictional account reconstructed from a conversation we held on a ward round with a senior house officer and consultant during my obstetrics and gynaecology clinical rotations.’
    • ‘Preregistration house officers received no training in preoperative assessment except that received during medical school education.’
    • ‘Pete began anaesthesia as a senior house officer in Oldham.’
    • ‘Wu et al surveyed medical house officers in three training programmes in internal medicine about their most serious mistake.’
    • ‘After house officer and senior house officer posts Brigid entered general practice as a trainee in 1989.’
    • ‘Surveys of general practitioners, junior house officers, and hospital consultants have identified high levels of emotional problems, including ‘burnout.’’
    • ‘Most house officers and senior house officers have limited practical knowledge of the specialties, whereas nurses often have many years of experience.’
    • ‘Qualified medical students move on to the senior house officer grade after spending a year as preregistration house officers after medical school.’
    • ‘The patients were then admitted directly to the coronary care unit, where they were assessed by the on-call medical registrar or senior house officer.’
    • ‘I had just started as a new medical house officer in an eminent teaching hospital on the south coast of England, having recently completed my surgical job.’
    • ‘Schon et al recently surveyed medical students, senior house officers, and general practitioners about such matters, and the results merit serious attention.’
    • ‘The Royal College of Physicians surveyed senior house officers about their career aspirations and found that the largest group wished to continue training in general internal medicine.’
    • ‘In general, senior house officers were left in charge of caring for severely ill patients, especially in the evening and at night.’
    • ‘The geriatric medical team I joined comprised a consultant, registrar, house officer, and staff nurse.’


house officer

/haʊz ˈɔfəsər/