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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 graduating US medical residents felt unprepared for several aspects of medical practice. However, Blumenthal et al failed to ask about residents' preparedness for several additional important aspects of current medical practice.

For instance, do residents have any competence in coding their work? Do they understand the differences between ICD and CPT systems? Do they have knowledge of the coding standards, especially for evaluation and management work? Do they understand physician work and how its definition changes how they practice medicine?