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Trends in Dermatology: Geographic Density of US Dermatologists

Trends in Dermatology: Geographic Density of US Dermatologists Recent trends in dermatology include an evolving workforce, with dermatologists currently representing approximately 1% of the total number of physicians in the United States.1 We report the geographic density of dermatologists in the United States. Data were obtained from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) membership database, which contains 9598 practicing American dermatologists, including fellows, associates, and osteopathic boarded affiliates. The AAD database includes deidentifying information consisting of zip codes, cities, and states of members. Dermatologist to population ratios were calculated using the AAD data and population data obtained from the US Census Bureau. In the United States, where the current population is 306 million, there are approximately 3.2 dermatologists per 100 000 persons. The 10 highest and lowest dermatologist-dense locations are listed in the Table. Of those dermatologists in the top 10 density areas, 81% practice in the northeastern United States, with 97% residing in the Boston, Massachusetts, metropolitan area or in Manhattan, New York. At the time this article was written, the average density of dermatologists in the 10 top areas was 25 dermatologists per 100 000 population (7 times higher than the national average). Overall, 40% of dermatologists in the AAD membership practice in the 100 densest 3-digit postal section codes. With an increasing population, the demand for dermatologic services will continue to grow. It is essential that the supply and distribution of dermatologists equally match this rising demand. Table. View LargeDownload Most and Least Dermatologist-Dense Areas in the United States References 1. Smart DR Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US. Portland, OR American Medical Association2009; http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Trends in Dermatology: Geographic Density of US Dermatologists

Archives of Dermatology , Volume 146 (7) – Jul 1, 2010

Trends in Dermatology: Geographic Density of US Dermatologists

Abstract

Recent trends in dermatology include an evolving workforce, with dermatologists currently representing approximately 1% of the total number of physicians in the United States.1 We report the geographic density of dermatologists in the United States. Data were obtained from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) membership database, which contains 9598 practicing American dermatologists, including fellows, associates, and osteopathic boarded affiliates. The AAD database includes...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 2010 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0003-987X
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1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archdermatol.2010.127
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Abstract

Recent trends in dermatology include an evolving workforce, with dermatologists currently representing approximately 1% of the total number of physicians in the United States.1 We report the geographic density of dermatologists in the United States. Data were obtained from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) membership database, which contains 9598 practicing American dermatologists, including fellows, associates, and osteopathic boarded affiliates. The AAD database includes deidentifying information consisting of zip codes, cities, and states of members. Dermatologist to population ratios were calculated using the AAD data and population data obtained from the US Census Bureau. In the United States, where the current population is 306 million, there are approximately 3.2 dermatologists per 100 000 persons. The 10 highest and lowest dermatologist-dense locations are listed in the Table. Of those dermatologists in the top 10 density areas, 81% practice in the northeastern United States, with 97% residing in the Boston, Massachusetts, metropolitan area or in Manhattan, New York. At the time this article was written, the average density of dermatologists in the 10 top areas was 25 dermatologists per 100 000 population (7 times higher than the national average). Overall, 40% of dermatologists in the AAD membership practice in the 100 densest 3-digit postal section codes. With an increasing population, the demand for dermatologic services will continue to grow. It is essential that the supply and distribution of dermatologists equally match this rising demand. Table. View LargeDownload Most and Least Dermatologist-Dense Areas in the United States References 1. Smart DR Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US. Portland, OR American Medical Association2009;

Journal

Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 2010

Keywords: dermatology

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