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Branch W T Jr; Collins, M; Wintroub, B U
Journal of Medical Education: February 1983
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The problems encountered, diagnostic procedures performed, and treatments prescribed in dermatology were studied in a primary care practice and in a dermatology clinic. Referrals from a primary care practice to a dermatology practice were analyzed. It was determined that nine disease categories accounted for more than 75 percent of the problems encountered in both settings. Only one diagnostic procedure was performed commonly in both the primary care and dermatology practices--skin scraping for fungal infection. Approximately 90 percent of the treatments prescribed in both settings fell within 13 categories. It is proposed that these findings be the basis for designing the curriculum in dermatology for residents in primary care medicine. The curriculum also should provide practical experience in dermatology and familiarity with selected, rarely encountered dermatologic conditions that have important therapeutic implications.

Created Date: 11 March 1983; Completed Date: 11 March 1983; Revised Date: 23 March 2001

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