The current state of dermatopathology education: a survey of the association of professors of dermatology

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Abstract

Background:

Dermatology training programs develop program-specific dermatopathology (DP) curricula. We summarize the current state of DP education in dermatology residency programs and identify opportunities for DP education resource development.

Methods:

A 27-question survey was emailed to members of the Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD).

Results:

Fifty-two of 109 programs responded for a response rate of 48%. Results were calculated using a non-response adjustment. Thirty per cent of the overall education time during residency is spent in DP-specific education. Lever and Weedon are the texts most often cited as primary texts utilized for DP education. Three-quarters of programs have third year residents spend three or more weeks on the DP service. The majority of dermatology residency programs have a specific DP service rotation at some point during residency.

Conclusions:

The majority of training programs use a variety of resources and mechanisms for teaching DP to dermatology residents. Some programs list barriers to DP education including lack of cases, microscopes, resident education time for DP-related teaching and availability of educators. We conclude that a greater depth and breadth of resources for DP education would be of benefit to dermatology residency programs.

Conclusions:

Hinshaw M, Hsu P, Lee L-Y, Stratman E. The current state of dermatopathology education: a survey of the association of professors of dermatology.

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