GARY GARBER, M.D.; MICHAEL FIORE, M.D.; DAN L. GOLDENBERG, M.D.
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To the editor: Proficiency in basic laboratory techniques and their interpretation is a skill that most physicians are expected to learn during residency training. No studies have examined the proficiency of medical housestaff in doing and interpreting routine laboratory procedures, although interpretation of commercial (Chem-strip; Ames Division, Miles Laboratories, Elkhart, Indiana) urinalyses as done by laboratory technicians has been compared with that of nurses, physicians, and medical students (1-3). Therefore, a pilot study to assess prospectively the proficiency of medical houseofficers at the Boston City Hospital in doing and interpreting routine tests was carried out during May 1983. The results
GARBER G, FIORE M, GOLDENBERG DL. Houseofficer Proficiency in Urinalysis and Sputum Gram Stains. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:139. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-1-139_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(1):139.
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