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December 5, 2001

Graduating Residents' Perceptions of Their Preparedness for Practice

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2001;286(21):2666-2667. doi:10.1001/jama.286.21.2665

To the Editor: Dr Blumenthal and colleagues1 found that most graduating residents felt prepared to diagnose and treat low back pain. This is an intriguing finding, given that many rheumatology programs provide inadequate training for such tasks. Furthermore, rheumatology education in adult primary care residency programs is generally limited to less than 1 month in 3 years, despite the fact that these problems represent 20% to 40% of presenting complaints among patients in primary care.2

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