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Medical school dermatology curriculum: are we adequately preparing primary care physicians?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19409656     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of information regarding the dermatology learning needs of primary care physicians and residents. OBJECTIVE: To determine dermatologic topics that primary care physicians consider important and to determine primary care residents' ratings of the teaching adequacy of these topics in the undergraduate medical curriculum. METHODS: Primary care physicians and residents were surveyed regarding the importance and teaching adequacy of 17 dermatologic content areas. RESULTS: Ninety-two primary care physicians identified 13 dermatologic content areas important for their practices. Two hundred fifty-two primary care residents identified 8 adequately taught topics and 9 inadequately taught topics. LIMITATIONS: Internal medicine and family medicine physicians and residents from only 10 regions were surveyed. CONCLUSION: Seventeen content areas can be divided into 3 categories: dermatologic topics that are important and adequately taught, topics that are unimportant, and a group of important, yet inadequately taught content areas. This latter group should be further integrated into dermatology curricula at U.S. medical schools.
Nina K Hansra; Patricia O'Sullivan; Cynthia L Chen; Timothy G Berger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-05-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  61     ISSN:  1097-6787     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-22     Completed Date:  2009-09-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-29.e1     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, University of California-San Francisco, 1701 Divisadero St. 340, San Francisco, CA 94143-0316, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Curriculum / standards*
Dermatology / education*
Education, Medical, Undergraduate / standards
Family Practice / education*
Internal Medicine / education*
Internship and Residency
Physicians, Family / education*
Teaching / standards
Comment In:
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Jul;61(1):36-8   [PMID:  19406503 ]

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