Practice and Educational Gaps in Surgery for Skin Cancer

Murad Alam, Abigail Waldman, Ian A. Maher

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Surgery for skin cancer is a major part of clinical dermatology, and the largest single component of dermatologic surgery practice. In general, residency training in dermatology provides comprehensive training in the theory and practice of skin cancer surgery. Practicing dermatologists are similarly expert in this area, and frequently assist other medical and surgical services by managing and coordinating the care of patients with skin cancer. However, there are minor gaps in training and practice that bear scrutiny and are amenable to rectification. This article defines the current practice in surgical treatment of skin cancers by dermatologists, gaps in practice, and mechanisms to improve current surgical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding Support: This publication was supported by Merz Center for Quality and Outcomes Research in Dermatologic Surgery and the IMPROVED (Measurement of Priority Outcome Variables in Dermatologic Surgery) group.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier Inc.


  • Educational gaps
  • Practice gaps
  • Skin cancer
  • Surgical treatment


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