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Should Dermatologists Teach Nondermatologists?-Reply

Should Dermatologists Teach Nondermatologists?-Reply This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract Dr Wirtzer's thoughtful letter supports my belief stated in the essay that the current controversy in the United States surrounding teaching dermatology to nondermatologists centers about the access problem. Further, I stated that any national health plan that would limit direct access by patients to specialist's care presented serious problems that our profession is working hard to respond to and to rectify. I am quite aware, as are all practicing dermatologists, that dermatology is one of several specialties that traditionally receives a minority of patients through direct physician referrals. In a free market, most patients with skin complaints make the decision about when and whom to consult. I am also aware that primary care physicians in general, and for quite understandable reasons, have difficulty in recognizing common dermatologic problems. In a managed care system, I would prefer having primary care physicians who were able to recognize a skin condition in the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Should Dermatologists Teach Nondermatologists?-Reply

Archives of Dermatology , Volume 131 (3) – Mar 1, 1995

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1995 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-987X
eISSN
1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archderm.1995.01690150121029
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract Dr Wirtzer's thoughtful letter supports my belief stated in the essay that the current controversy in the United States surrounding teaching dermatology to nondermatologists centers about the access problem. Further, I stated that any national health plan that would limit direct access by patients to specialist's care presented serious problems that our profession is working hard to respond to and to rectify. I am quite aware, as are all practicing dermatologists, that dermatology is one of several specialties that traditionally receives a minority of patients through direct physician referrals. In a free market, most patients with skin complaints make the decision about when and whom to consult. I am also aware that primary care physicians in general, and for quite understandable reasons, have difficulty in recognizing common dermatologic problems. In a managed care system, I would prefer having primary care physicians who were able to recognize a skin condition in the

Journal

Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 1995

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