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Teaching Cosmetic Dermatology Without Sacrificing the Proper Emphasis on Medical Dermatology

Murad Alam, MD, MSCI1,2,3
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1Department of Dermatology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
2Department of Otolaryngology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
3Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(2):123-124. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.6887.
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Well-trained dermatologists must have a range of skills in pediatric dermatology, medical dermatology, dermatopathology, and dermatologic surgery, including cosmetic dermatology. While residents would learn more if they stayed not for 3 years but 4, 5, or 6, in fact, residency is brief, compressed, and intense. In that cosmetic procedures occupy a small yet significant niche in the typical young dermatologist’s career, so must their place in residency training be correspondingly limited yet adequate.

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