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December 7, 2011

Changing the Evaluation of Future Physicians

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Columbus Regional Family Medicine Residency, The Medical Center Hospital, Columbus, Georgia (sharan.sekhon@crhs.net).

JAMA. 2011;306(21):2327-2328. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1784

To the Editor: The Commentary by Drs Cavalcanti and Detsky1 brought to light an important dilemma in medical education. Accurately assessing and evaluating physicians-in-training is hindered by several key factors, including problems with in-training evaluation reports, trainee reluctance to admit weaknesses, and trainer biases and disinclination to provide negative feedback.