The current shortage of medical services in the United States has been publicized in a variety of spectacular, and often contradictory ways. One hears on the one hand that we need 100,000 more physicians; at the other extreme, it has even been suggested that we really would not need more physicians if those we have were properly utilized.
Manpower needs in dermatology, while related to the supply of other physicians, must also be considered as a unique problem. Some aspects of this problem have been outlined in the National Program for Dermatology.1
However, we really have very little hard evidence about the number of dermatologists we need to train. This fact became apparent to me when I was asked by the administration of our medical school to present evidence justifying the expansion of our own residency program. The information I have been able to collect, plus some armchair lucubrations
Lowney ED. The Ecology of Dermatologists. Arch Dermatol. 1971;104(2):113–116. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000200001001
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