Cosmetic dermatology training during residency: outcomes of a resident-reported survey.
Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]
BACKGROUND: As the demand for cosmetic treatments increases, it is important for dermatology residents to be educated about and achieve proficiency in dermatologic cosmetic procedures.
OBJECTIVE: To assess dermatology residents' educational exposure to cosmetic dermatology.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: An anonymous 18-question survey was sent electronically to 1,266 dermatology residents requesting information about cosmetic dermatology training during residency.
RESULTS: Two hundred sixty-eight residents responded to the survey (21% response rate). Most residents receive didactic instruction (94%) and hands-on training (91%) on cosmetic dermatology topics during residency. Survey participants in residency programs perceived as supportive of cosmetic dermatology training are more frequently provided lectures (70% vs 31%, p < .001) and procedural training (100% vs 69%, p < .001) in cosmetic dermatology as compared to residents in unsupportive programs. Eighty-nine percent of respondents reported hands-on training as the most effective method for developing proficiency in cosmetic procedures.
CONCLUSION: Providing safe and competent patient care should serve as the impetus for expanding cosmetic dermatology education and training for residents.
Medical Subject Headings
Attitude of Health Personnel; Clinical Competence; Curriculum; Dermatology; Humans; Internship and Residency; Self-Assessment; Surveys and Questionnaires