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July 2006

Mind the Gap

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(7):927-947. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.7.929

Ideological differences between generations can lead to challenges in the workplace. A dermatology practice or department whose members understand generational differences will have more effective teamwork, leadership, and success in facing changes. The current dermatology workforce in community and university practices is a blend of baby boomers (“senior” dermatologists) and Generation Xers (“junior” dermatologists and residents). Differences in values between the generations may cause unrest and conflict, as illustrated in the following tabulation (adapted from Bickel and Brown1).

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