Cosmetic dermatology training in residency: Results of a survey from the residents' perspective

Ashley Group, Rebecca Philips, Erica Kelly

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Background Dermatologists are expected to be experts in the evaluation and treatment of their patient's cosmetic concerns. It has been reported that some dermatology residents do not feel adequately trained in this field. Objective To assess how dermatology residents are being trained in cosmetic dermatology. Methods A survey was e-mailed to 473 third-year dermatology residents. Results One hundred eighteen surveys were returned (24.9%), representing 45% of programs. Most residents have assigned reading (70.7%) and lectures (81.4%) in cosmetic dermatology. To learn technical skills, 79.7% participate in formal training sessions, and 73% have an apprenticeship model. Most residents have the opportunity to perform botulinum toxin injections, laser surgery, fillers, chemical peels, and sclerotherapy. More than 58% of programs have an encouraging or somewhat encouraging attitude toward teaching cosmetics, whereas 22% were somewhat discouraging or discouraging. Most residents (75.4%) plan to incorporate cosmetics into their practice. Residents do not feel less prepared (94.9%) or less interested (97.4%) in medical dermatology as a result of their cosmetic training. Conclusions Residents are being trained in cosmetic dermatology through a variety of methods. Residency programs should periodically assess and adapt their curricula to ensure adequate training in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1975-1980
Number of pages6
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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