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September 5, 2001

Physical Examination Skills of US and International Medical Graduates

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(9):1021. doi:10.1001/jama.286.9.1019

To the Editor: Physical diagnostic skills are considered essential for the practice of medicine,1 but several studies have noted declining clinical skills among US medical school graduates (USMGs).24 We conducted a study to measure recent medical school graduates' ability to perform the abdominal examination.

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