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Tuberculin Skin Testing in Medical Students: A Survey of U.S. Medical Schools

Mark J. Fagan, MD; and Gregory A. Poland, MD
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From Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island and Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota. Requests for Reprints: Mark J. Fagan, MD, Division of General Internal Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1994;120(11):930-931. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-120-11-199406010-00005
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The recent increase in the incidence of tuberculosis in the United States [12] and the appearance of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis associated with a high mortality rate have increased the risk for tuberculosis in health care workers, including medical students [3]. Several studies have shown occupationally acquired tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis among health care workers [47].

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Estimated tuberculin skin-test conversion rates in medical students.

Respondents were asked to estimate the yearly rate of skin-test conversion in the medical student body.

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