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Issues in Dermatology
February 1998

On the Importance of the Clinician-Educator: Dermatology Fellowship for Academic Clinician Teachers

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(2):151-153. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.2.151

Within each academic dermatology department there usually exists one clinician who is viewed as the "gold standard" against which diagnostic and therapeutic acumen are measured. As a patient with a puzzling disorder is discussed at rounds, it is to this master that the final word falls, whose recommendation for treatment gets the nod; it is to his or her words that people remain quiet and listen intently. They are commonly also the leading teachers in the medical centers, passing on to succeeding generations the factual knowledge, spiced with bits of philosophy, ethics, and anecdote, that helps to ensure the development of dermatology residents into superb practitioners. They are often the ones most responsible for generating medical student interest in our specialty. Such individuals in our current lingo are "clinician-educators," the rock residents depend on to provide role models to emulate in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of our patients and to whom the community looks to for help in caring for their patients with the most difficult diagnoses.

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