Measuring Impact ofJAMA DermatologyPractice Gaps Section on Training in US Dermatology Residency Programs

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Abstract

IMPORTANCE

JAMA Dermatology Practice Gaps commentaries are intended to aid in the interpretation of the literature to make it more practical and applicable to daily patient care. Practice Gaps commentaries have had an impact on physician clinical practice and dermatology residency curricula.

OBJECTIVE

To assess the impact of JAMA Dermatology Practice Gaps commentaries on dermatology residency training programs in the United States, including journal club discussions and local quality improvement activities.

DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS

A web-based questionnaire of 17 questions was sent via e-mail to US dermatology residency program directors (PDs) in February 2012.

MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES

Program director report of incorporating Practice Gaps themes and discussions into resident journal club activities, clinical practice, quality improvement activities, or research projects in the residency programs, as a result of a Practice Gaps commentary.

RESULTS

Of the 114 surveys distributed to US dermatology residency PDs, 48 were completed (42% response rate). Sixty percent of PDs reported familiarity with the Practice Gaps section of JAMA Dermatology, and 56% discuss these commentaries during resident journal club activities. Quality improvement and research projects have been initiated as a result of Practice Gaps commentaries.

CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE

Practice Gaps commentaries are discussed during most dermatology residency journal club activities. Practice Gaps have had an impact on physician practice and dermatology residency curricula and can serve as a tool for enhanced continuing medical education and quality improvement initiatives.

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