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December 5, 2001

Graduating Residents' Perceptions of Their Preparedness for Practice—Reply

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

In Reply: We agree with Dr Kaufman that residents should ideally be prepared to manage all the professional issues they are likely to encounter, including the organizational, policy-related and business aspects of practice in our tumultuous health care system. Our survey did, in fact, inquire about residents' preparedness to participate in certain of these activities. Because of inherent limitations to the length of surveys, we could not cover these matters in the detail we would have liked. Some of our findings concerning these skills are reported elsewhere.1 Deficits in these nonclinical skills are often substantial. For example, we found that 40% of third-year internal medicine residents felt unprepared to participate in quality assurance activities.

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