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Editorial
February 2014

Teaching Cosmetic Dermatology Without Sacrificing the Proper Emphasis on Medical Dermatology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(2):123-124. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.6887

Well-trained dermatologists must have a range of skills in pediatric dermatology, medical dermatology, dermatopathology, and dermatologic surgery, including cosmetic dermatology. While residents would learn more if they stayed not for 3 years but 4, 5, or 6, in fact, residency is brief, compressed, and intense. In that cosmetic procedures occupy a small yet significant niche in the typical young dermatologist’s career, so must their place in residency training be correspondingly limited yet adequate.

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