Identifying an Education Gap in Wound Care Training in United States Dermatology
July 2015 | Volume 14 | Issue 7 | Original Article | 716 | Copyright © July 2015
Emily Stamell Ruiz MD,a Amber Ingram BS,b Angelo Landriscina BA,b Jiaying Tian MD MPH,b Robert S. Kirsner MD PhD,c and Adam Friedman MDb,d
aDepartment of Dermatology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MT
bDivision of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
cDepartment of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
dDepartment of Dermatology, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC
OBJECTIVES: To identify United States (US) dermatology residents’ impressions regarding their preparedness to care for wounds, and to assess the amount and type of training devoted to wound care during residency.
DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: An online survey among current US dermatology residents enrolled in a residency training program.
MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: The primary goal was to determine whether dermatology residents believe more wound care education is needed, evaluate preparedness to care for wounds, and identify future plans to manage wounds.
RESULTS: Responses were received from 175 of 517 (33.8%) US Dermatology residents contacted. The majority of residents did not feel prepared to manage acute (78.3%) and chronic (84.6%) wounds. Over three quarters (77.1%) felt that more education is needed. Fewer than half (49.1% and 35.4%) of residents planned to care for acute and chronic wounds, respectively, when in practice.
CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: There is a gap in wound care education in US dermatology residency training. This translates to a low percentage of dermatology residents planning to care for wounds in future practice. Dermatology residents need to receive focused wound care training in order to translate the underpinnings of wound healing biology and ultimately better serve patients.
J Drugs Dermatol. 2015;14(7):716-720.