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April 1973

Shortage of Full-Time Faculty in Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich; Bethesda, Md

From the Department of Dermatology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill (Drs. Wheeler and Briggaman); the Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor (Dr. Lynch); and the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, Bethesda, Md (Dr. Miller).

Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(4):529-532. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620190005001

A shortage of full-time faculty exists in dermatology. In 1971 through 1972, 62 units were seeking 96 new full-time faculty and 119 units stated they needed 268 new full-time faculty. The areas of expertise most needed in new full-time faculty were immunology, electron microscopy, histopathology, microbiology, and biochemistry. Many flexible units would accept faculty with special training in any area and some units required no special training. Wouldbe full-time faculty members are urged to correspond with any actual or prospective training unit to explore opportunities. Residents and trainees considering full-time academic careers should identify special areas of interest early in their training and acquire expertise in these areas. Studies should be done to devise ways to attract dermatologists into full-time academic positions.