I would like to preface this article review with my own observance. Personally I’ve been impressed by the ability of many of my medical colleagues to assess and diagnose musculoskeletal issues. On the other hand I’ve met some doctors that are outright terrible. This is a problem in healthcare across the board. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists etc. One of the most common reasons patients go to the doctor in the world, is for back pain. It accounts for one of the most prevalent reasons for disability in the United States. Therefore, your doctor’s ability to diagnose these conditions is paramount for proper patient care.
A 2015 study in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examined the competency of musculoskeletal medicine of medical students in the United Kingdom.
Two hundred and thirty students were recruited, of whom 210 were suitable for inclusion. Unfortunately, only 21% (forty-four students) passed the assessment. When questioned, only 40% of participants considered themselves competent in musculoskeletal medicine.
Our findings suggest that medical schools may be currently failing to ensure that medical students have a basic competence in musculoskeletal medicine. Further investigation is warranted to fully assess the current training provided by U.K. medical schools in musculoskeletal medicine, and appropriate steps must be taken to improve the quantity and quality of training in musculoskeletal medicine in the United Kingdom.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Apr 1;97(7):e36. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.N.00488. The inadequacy of musculoskeletal knowledge in graduating medical students in the United Kingdom. Copyright © 2015 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated.Continue Reading