Medical graduates are better at diagnosing and treating diseases than their peers, according to a new study.
Researchers at Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania looked at the effectiveness of doctors in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The results showed that doctors are much better at detecting and treating illnesses than their students.
“A large proportion of physicians in the US, UK and Canada were able to detect disease at a diagnosis stage,” study researcher Michael T. Hines said in a statement.
“This is largely because they were more accurate in diagnosing diseases and the extent to which they treated patients with respect to their medical knowledge and competence.”
The researchers also found that, overall, doctors are better physicians than their graduates.
They were better at distinguishing disease from injury than their student counterparts.
The results suggest that medical education, even for those who are not doctors, can help a doctor to become a better doctor.
In fact, the study showed that a doctor’s level of expertise in a specific area of medicine can help determine the quality of care that a patient receives.
“We believe that the value of medical education for physicians can be a valuable tool in determining the effectiveness and value of their medical training,” Hines and his co-authors wrote.