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A pilot program for community dermatologists working with primary care residents to provide dermatology consults to a regional hospital


With the high demand and limited supply of dermatologists, the majority dedicate their time primarily to outpatient practice. A number ofobstacles to inpatient dermatology consults have been described, as well as the essential benefits for some of the sickest patients. Dermatology residency programs partially relieve this need, however with the transition to a single Graduate Medical Education accreditation system and many previously American Osteopathic Association-accredited dermatologyprograms ceasing to train residents after 2020, it is prudent to recruit additional possible consultants. One possible solution is to involve non-dermatology residents as part of the consult service team. We report on our experience of piloting such a program, for community dermatologists providing consults to a regional hospital utilizing family medicine andinternal medicine residents.

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