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Trainees, attending physicians disagree on important clinical procedures

Residency Program Insider, June 9, 2009

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First-year residents and faculty members don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to rating which clinical procedures are most important for them to know by the end of medical school, according an AMNews article.

Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine asked 51 attending physicians and 184 recently graduated medical students to rank 31 procedures in order of importance. Faculty ranked 14 as ‘must-know’ procedures. Of those 14 procedures, residents ranked only six as ‘must-know’ and included five other procedures that the faculty members had not included in their list, the article reports.

Although teaching faculty listed more minimally invasive procedures as being important to learn in medical school, the first-year residents ranked invasive procedures, such as intubation and draining of abscesses as being more important.



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