Most dermatology residency programs do offer some type of cosmetic dermatology training, a new survey shows.
Researchers emailed the survey to 114 program directors of US dermatology residency programs to determine the frequency of cosmetic dermatology devices and injectables used for dermatology resident hands-on cosmetic training, categorize director’s attitudes toward cosmetic dermatology training during residency, and to describe any residency-related discounted pricing models.
Fifty three directors responded to the survey. All but three programs (94%) offered hands-on cosmetic dermatology training using botulinum toxin, and 47 of 53 (89%) provided training with Hyaluronic acid fillers. Pulsed dye (79%) and Q-switched Nd:YAG (58%) lasers were used most commonly by residents.
Sixty percent of the programs offered discounted pricing for selected cosmetic procedures, namely botulinum toxin and fillers, while vascular lasers and hair-removal lasers were less commonly discounted, the survey showed
Just 38% said cosmetic dermatology should be necessary in residency training, with 17% of the respondents believing it was appropriate for residents to experience hands-on cosmetic dermatology procedures and 27% indicating that residents should not be required to perform any cosmetic dermatology procedures.
The findings appear online in JAMA Dermatology.