Need for dermatologists greatest in the Midwest, rural areas

09/28/2011 | Reuters

Forty-three percent of dermatologists work within 100 miles of where they did their post-doctoral residencies, but the West and South have much higher retention rates than the Midwest or rural areas, according to a study published online in Archives of Dermatology. Policy changes in federal funding of residency programs could bring more dermatologists to underserved areas, the researchers said. Additional residencies for dermatology and other specialties in underserved areas could help, said dermatologist Robert Brodell, who was not involved in the research.

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