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Dermatology. 2013;226(3):267-73. doi: 10.1159/000350571. Epub 2013 Jun 21.

One-year follow-up of dermoscopy education on the ability of medical students to detect skin cancer.

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Dermatology Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10022, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Learning skin cancer detection skills is important, yet many medical schools lack a standardized skin cancer examination (SCE) curriculum.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine medical students' skills in discriminating benign from malignant skin lesions on a 10-item image-based test one year after receiving a SCE intervention.

METHODS:

Cohort 1 received SCE teaching only. Cohort 2 received SCE teaching with dermoscopy tutorial, and a dermatoscope. The same test was given to assess students post-intervention and one year later.

RESULTS:

43% (n = 145) and 38% (n = 143) of cohorts 1 and 2, respectively, participated one year later. Both cohorts improved or maintained their scores to correctly classify all lesions from post-intervention to one-year follow-up. After one year, cohort 2 maintained higher scores for successful identification of both benign and malignant lesions as compared to cohort 1.

CONCLUSION:

Medical students receiving a SCE intervention can improve their diagnostic skills after one year, especially with the aid of dermoscopy.

PMID:
23797047
DOI:
10.1159/000350571
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