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October 2010

Teaching Dermatology Using 3-Dimensional Virtual Reality—Reply

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(10):1185-1186. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.295

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We are pleased that the topic of educational outcomes in dermatology for medical students has generated additional interest. It is becoming increasingly important that medical students acquire functional knowledge and training in the recognition and initial management of important lesions and eruptions. This may be achieved by at least ensuring that medical students across the country graduate with specific and similar competencies in dermatology. In recent years, there has been progress toward identifying and agreeing on relevant content to teach medical students.1,2 In the context of restricted curricular time, there is also a parallel need to develop effective standardized teaching methods that do not use more time and resources and still improve long-term practical outcomes.

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