Recent reports have indicated long wait times for dermatologic appointments even for changing moles.Objective
Our objective was to determine the wait time for a person willing to make multiple calls and accept an appointment from any dermatologist at any satellite location for a changing mole from a dermatologist who advertised in a Boston, MA, telephone book.Methods
We telephoned each practice listed in a Boston, MA, telephone book.Results
Patients making one call to each dermatologic practice on average obtained an appointment in 18 days. Patients calling two practices were offered an appointment on average in 7 days. Patients calling 3 practices were also offered an appointment in 1 week.Limitations
We only telephoned practices listed in a Boston, MA, telephone book and we only surveyed one urban area.Conclusions
These results suggest that a reasonable concerned patient who was willing to make multiple calls to different providers in Boston, MA, can be seen in a timely fashion.