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Wound healing elective: an opportunity to improve medical education curriculum to better manage the increasing burden of chronic wounds


Chronic wounds are highly prevalent and have become a public health crisis. Successful treatment of chronic wounds requires that healthcare providers study both the pathophysiology of wound healing and maintain knowledge of the most current wound care guidelines set forth by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Unfortunately, medical students currently receive limited wound care training. A focused and well-organized course integrating a diverse group of medical and surgical faculty, residents, and medical students in the clinical years has been created to address this growing medical issue. The goal of such curricular innovations is to help future physicians gain exposure to chronic wounds and develop crucial clinical skills so they enter residency prepared to offer basic treatments and prevent rapid deterioration of the many wounds they will encounter.

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