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Dual training in general internal medicine and rheumatology: the Irish context
  1. Barry J Sheane
  1. Correspondence to Dr Barry J Sheane, Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin 9, Ireland; barrysheane{at}

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I read with interest the study conducted by Sivera et al,1 pertaining to differences and similarities in rheumatology training programmes in European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)-affiliated countries. In particular, as an Irish doctor who has recently completed our national programme and had the fortune to work under some excellent rheumatologists, I was dismayed but not surprised to see that general internal medicine (GIM) plays such a dominant role in official rheumatology training in Ireland. We lead all 41 countries surveyed, where trainees …

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