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Graduating Residents' Perceptions of Their Preparedness for Practice

Douglas Merrill, MD; James P. Rathmell, MD; Mark J. Lema, MD, PhD
JAMA. 2001;286(21):2666-2667. doi:10.1001/jama.286.21.2665.
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To the Editor: Dr Blumenthal and colleagues1 report that 32% of graduating anesthesiology residents felt unprepared to manage chronic pain. The authors used this finding to support their conclusion "that gaps may still exist in the preparedness of physicians to manage the full range of patients . . . they may confront as practitioners." As anesthesiologists and educators, we see this response as appropriate and as confirmation of exactly the mode of education we now use to teach anesthesiology residents.

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