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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Concerns about Dermatology in the House of Medicine

The October 2013 online issue of Dermatology World has an important article about perceptions of dermatologists by other physicians (“A Matter of Perception,”  http://www.aad.org/dw/monthly/2013/october/a-matter-of-perception ). The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) surveyed physician leaders from other specialties about dermatology to learn their views. These leaders recognized the  significant contributions made by dermatologists in skin cancer prevention and treatment, as well as their role in the management of chronic skin diseases. However, these physicians voiced several concerns about dermatology as well. Limited patient access, preference for surgical dermatology, nonacceptance of insurance, cosmetic emphasis, and lack of participation in community service and medical societies were identified. Now that the AAD has identified these issues, it is working toward solutions.