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June 1978

Dermatologists for the Nation: Perspectives

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Columbus, Ohio

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(6):961-962. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640180091028

To the Editor.—  The recent article in the Archives by Krasner and associates (113-1367-1371, 1977) provides us at last with a scientific evaluation of the problem of dermatologic manpower. Their classic paper is beautifully thought out and covers almost every aspect of the problem.It is clear from their data that the number of dermatologists in the United States will double between now and the year 2010. One must add that the estimate of 8,800 dermatologists in the year 2010 is based on the assumption that no new residency positions will be added over the next 35 years. Actually, the number of residents in training has been increasing. When I last reported on this subject in 1971, the number of new dermatologists entering practice each year was estimated at 2001; now a figure of 250 is used. With no residency programs at 40-odd medical schools,2 the pressure to

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