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Correspondence and Brief Communications
May 1, 2006

Family Physicians' Training Programs Are Useful for Surgeons

Arch Surg. 2006;141(5):515. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.5.515-a

With respect to palliative care provided by surgeons, Galante et al1 reported significant deficiencies in training, which occurred both during residency and during continuing medical education. It is striking that despite the fact that palliative procedures may account for up to 20% of a surgeon's practice, the authors found that more than 80% of the surgeons had received no education in palliative care medicine during their training. The authors advocated a continued effort to train surgeons and residents using standardized educational programs in medical school and postgraduate education.

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