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Research Letter
September 27, 2017

Association Between the Use of a Physician Extender and Dermatology Appointment Wait Times in Ohio

Author Affiliations
  • 1Medical student, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown
  • 2Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown
JAMA Dermatol. Published online September 27, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.3394

A 2015 report released by the Association of American Medical Colleges projects a shortage of up to 90 000 physicians by 2025. The total demand for physicians is expected to increase 17% from 2013 to 2025 because of an aging and expanding population and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.1 The field of dermatology is not immune from this perceived physician shortage. A 2014 US survey reports that the average appointment wait time for a skin cancer screening examination with a dermatologist was 28.8 days. This appointment wait time was increased from 22.1 days in 2009.2

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