The demand for dermatologic care is rising. Dermatologist density in the Unites States has increased over the past decade and is currently estimated at 3.4 per 100 000 individuals.1 However, it is still below the suggested 4 per 100 000 population needed to adequately care for a community.1 Increased dermatologist density has been associated with lower melanoma mortality rates and improved diagnosis of skin disease.2 Therefore, dermatologist density is of critical importance and may lead to lower skin disease economic burden.
Glazer AM, Rigel DS. Analysis of Trends in Geographic Distribution of US Dermatology Workforce Density. JAMA Dermatol. Published online March 15, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.6032