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December 1985

Medical Student Education in Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Dean for Students and Alumni Harvard Medical School Boston, MA 02115

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(12):1503. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660120029012

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Over 95% of American medical students intend to seek certification in some specialty, and probably fewer than 1% enter practice without some residency training. The four years of medical school, commonly called undergraduate medical education, are no longer a self-sufficient course of study. This period is now looked on principally as a basis for entry into graduate medical education. It is thus timely to reexamine the goals of undergraduate medical education, as many organizations and medical schools are doing. One objective of such reviews is to attempt to specify the basic educational goals of general medical education. It is against this background that the questionnaire survey on undergraduate dermatologic medical education reported by Ramsay and Mayer in this issue of the Archives should be examined. In brief, what is the role of dermatology and its related basic science in general medical education?

Is the goal to teach the specific diagnoses

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