To the Editor: Dr Blumenthal and colleagues1 found that most graduating residents felt prepared
to diagnose and treat low back pain. This is an intriguing finding, given
that many rheumatology programs provide inadequate training for such tasks.
Furthermore, rheumatology education in adult primary care residency programs
is generally limited to less than 1 month in 3 years, despite the fact that
these problems represent 20% to 40% of presenting complaints among patients
in primary care.2
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