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October 2010

Teaching Dermatology Using 3-Dimensional Virtual Reality

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Dermatology (Drs Aldridge and Rees), and School of Informatics (Ms Li and Drs Ballerini and Fisher), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(10):1184-1185. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.294

We read with great interest the article by Garg et al1 in the February issue of the Archives, in which the authors demonstrate that a medical student teaching program using 3-dimensional (3D) silicon prosthetics leads to both initially better diagnostic recognition rates and improved knowledge retention compared with traditional 2-dimensional photographic methods. Improving medical student dermatologic teaching is essential; dermatology is currently underrepresented in most curricula, and this is likely one of the major reasons why primary care physicians have reported poor diagnostic accuracy for common skin diseases.2 Garg et al1 describe a useful method of improving medical school education; we would like to suggest another more modern technology that might rival and supplant traditional moulages.

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