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Are Medical School Graduates Properly Prepared for Internships?

An article in The New York Times’ Well blog addresses the issue of whether graduating medical students are prepared for their residencies. The author brings to light a new study published in Academic Medicine that focuses on the skills that internship program directors believe graduating medical students should have before they begin their post-grad training. “The overwhelming majority [of internal medicine physicians] believed that interns should show up on their first day of work knowing when to ask for help, how to communicate well with nurses and how to manage their time.” Less than 5% believed they need more medical knowledge. The author of the study states he is optimistic about this new focus and excited about the collaboration between internal medicine physicians.

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in Academic Medicine.