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Research Letter
February 26, 2020

Current Status of Dermatologic Education in US Medical Schools

Author Affiliations
  • 1Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York
  • 2University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City
  • 3Division of Dermatology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York
  • 4Department of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Dermatol. 2020;156(4):468-470. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.0006

Medical schools must negotiate priorities when deciding specialty representation in curricula. Thus, some specialties including dermatology are often given limited consideration or representation. Even though skin conditions are a leading cause of disease burden worldwide in terms of prevalence and morbidity,1 we perceived that dermatology was not widely included in medical school curricula. Additionally, previous investigations of medical schools’ dermatology education are limited in both quantity and design.2 Patients often present to nondermatologists, who may not know how to diagnose and treat dermatologic conditions. Thus, a lack of basic dermatologic knowledge may cause delays for patients in receiving high-quality dermatology care. We aimed to survey the current status of dermatologic education in US medical schools.

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