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April 1986

American Dermatology Training Programs and the Foreign Medical Graduate From Less-Advantaged Geographical Areas

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical Center 4150 Clement St San Francisco, CA 94121; San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(4):405-406. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660160061019

In recent years, we have had the opportunity to attend regional meetings in Latin America as guests of the local dermatology training programs. Within the medical centers of these countries, dermatology is a prestigious speciality, and, as a result, trainees in these programs are called on to see a vast array of clinical problems. Not only do they commonly encounter those diseases of poverty and the tropics that American practitioners encounter only in textbooks, but they also function as respected consultants in well-equipped and well-staffed medical centers that offer many of the sophisticated services available in comparable referral centers in the United States. Moreover, since the number of training programs in dermatology is small, competition for residency positions is keen, and, consequently, dermatology attracts the brightest and the best.1 Yet, despite the vast array of clinical material to which they are exposed, what awaits these trainees in their own