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April 1965

What Do We Teach?

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From the Section of Dermatology, Western Reserve University.

Arch Dermatol. 1965;91(4):313-315. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600100029006

T HE PROBLEM of what to teach might be simple if we had nothing else to consider. Unfortunately we do. We have to ask what are we able to teach, and how much time do we have, how much time should we have, and how much time will the administration give us ? We always seem to want more time but do we effectively utilize the time which we have?

Many of us teach without really appreciating what we are trying to accomplish. Objectives must be clarified. We must tell the student what dermatology is since he is not sure at first what our specialty involves. We want to train the student to take care of a patient with a cutaneous disease, but we are not trying to make medical students specialists in dermatology. Many students ask, "Well, why should we learn dermatology at all ?" I think one impressive way is

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