Original ArticleWound Education: American Medical Students Are Inadequately Trained in Wound CarePatel, Nima P. MD; Granick, Mark S. MDAuthor Information From the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ. Received November 1, 2006, and accepted for publication November 2, 2006. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Boston, MA, November 30–December 3, 2006. Reprints: Mark S. Granick, MD, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, 140 Bergen Street, Suite E1620, Newark, NJ 07103. E-mail: email@example.com. Annals of Plastic Surgery: July 2007 - Volume 59 - Issue 1 - p 53-55 doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31802dd43b Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Millions of patients are treated annually in the United States with either acute or chronic wounds, costing billions of dollars. This is a retrospective study designed to quantify the directed education that medical students receive in their 4 years of training on 3 wound-related topics: physiology of tissue injury, physiology of wound healing, and clinical wound healing. The mean hours of education in physiology of tissue injury at 50 American medical schools are 0.5 hours and 0.2 hours, respectively, in the first year and second years and none in the third and fourth years. The mean hours of directed education in the physiology of wound healing are 2.1 hours and 1.9 hours in the first and second years. The data in our study show there is scant directed education in relevant wound topics in American medical schools. Considering the immense economic and social impact of wounds in our society, more attention should be paid to the education of our physician trainees on this important topic. A survey of 50 American medical schools demonstrated that the mean duration of education on the physiology of tissue injury was 0.5 hours in the first year and 2.0 hours in the second. Comparable times for education on the physiology of wound healing were 2.1 and l.9 hours, respectively. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.