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March 2007

Academic Workforce in Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(3):409-410. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.3.409

The article by Loo et al1 in this issue of the ARCHIVES provides very useful snapshots of the academic dermatology workforce from 4 selected academic years within the past 12 years. The study shows that the total number of faculty recruited (n = 255) in those target years exceeds the number leaving (n = 200); however, 97% of the chairs of dermatology departments and divisions thought there were too few academic dermatologists, and 87% were recruiting full-time faculty. One of the important lessons of the study is that retention of faculty may be even more important than recruitment when considering the growth rate of academic faculties.

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