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Total body skin exams: the role of gynecology and dermatology-a cross-sectional study


The literature demonstrates practice gaps in performance of the genital skin examination. To further elucidate and understand these practice gaps, we surveyed dermatologist and obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) attending and resident physicians. Analysis of 73 dermatology survey responses revealed a lack of satisfaction with training received in examination of the female genitalia. Moreover, examination of 69 OB/GYN survey responses showed a lack of satisfaction with residency training received to identify high risk skin lesions. Interestingly, only 52.2% of OB/GYN respondents inspect perianal skin during pelvic region examinations. Our results highlight the need to improve residency training through standardization of breast/genitalia skin examinations during both dermatology and OB/GYN residency and for increased collaboration between specialties.

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