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J Cutan Med Surg ; 26(2): 135-142, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1435194

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: During the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Division of Dermatology, University of Ottawa, adapted pre-existing local healthcare infrastructures to provide increased provider-to-provider teledermatology services as well as integrated teledermatology into the dermatology residency training program. OBJECTIVES: (1) To assess the differences in utilization of provider-to-provider teledermatology services before and during the COVID-19 pandemic; and (2) to assess dermatology resident and faculty experiences with the integration of teledermatology into dermatology residency training at the University of Ottawa. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis comparing provider-to-provider teledermatology consults submitted to dermatologists from April 2019 to October 2019 pre-pandemic with the same period during the pandemic in 2020. Two different questionnaires were also disseminated to the dermatology residents and faculty at our institution inquiring about their perspectives on teledermatology, education, and practice. RESULTS: The number of dermatologists completing consults, the number of providers submitting a case to Dermatology, and the number of consults initiated all increased during the pandemic period. Ninety-one percent of residents agreed that eConsults and teledermatology enhanced their residency education, enabled continuation of training during the pandemic, and that eConsult-based training should be incorporated into the curriculum. Ninety-six percent of staff incorporated a virtual dermatology practice model, and one-third used teledermatology with residents during the pandemic. Most staff felt there was value in providing virtual visits in some capacity during the pandemic. CONCLUSIONS: Our study confirms that the use of teledermatology services continues to increase accessibility during the pandemic. Teledermatology enhances the education and training of residents and will be incorporated into dermatology residency programs.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Dermatology , Internship and Residency , Skin Diseases , Telemedicine , COVID-19/epidemiology , Cross-Sectional Studies , Dermatology/education , Humans , Pandemics , Skin Diseases/diagnosis , Skin Diseases/therapy
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Dermatol Clin ; 39(4): 609-618, 2021 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1330740

ABSTRACT

COVID-19 has created challenges across medicine, including in medical education, with deeply rooted impacts in the dermatology residency experience. Its effects are both acute and chronic, including: shifts to virtual education and conferences, skewed clinical experiences, negatively impacted wellness, and uncertainty in the future. As educators and mentors, it is important to recognize and address these issues so that we may remain transparent, adaptable, and engaged as we continue to build a better tomorrow for our resident trainees.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/epidemiology , Dermatology/education , Fellowships and Scholarships/trends , Internship and Residency/trends , Patient Care Management/trends , Skin Diseases/therapy , Attitude of Health Personnel , Humans , Social Perception
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Clin Dermatol ; 39(1): 33-40, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1300689

ABSTRACT

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused widespread disruptions in various sectors of medicine, including medical education. Although the necessary focus has been on patient care and public safety and the long-lasting impact of COVID-19 remains to be determined, the impact on medical education warrants further attention and action. While it seems minuscule compared with the toll the global pandemic has caused worldwide, the impact on medical education, including graduate medical education, carries the potential to alter career progression and outcomes. We have assessed the effects of COVID-19 on dermatology clinics, residency education, and medical education, exploring recommendations and actions taken by governing bodies and offering additional suggestions of our own.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/epidemiology , Certification , Dermatology/education , Internship and Residency , Skin Diseases , Accreditation , Biomedical Research , COVID-19/prevention & control , Curriculum , Humans , Internship and Residency/methods , Internship and Residency/organization & administration , Interviews as Topic , Personnel Selection , SARS-CoV-2 , Skin Diseases/diagnosis , Skin Diseases/pathology , Skin Diseases/therapy , Telemedicine , United States
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Clin Dermatol ; 39(1): 23-32, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1300688

ABSTRACT

The first cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Iran were detected on February 19, 2020. Soon the entire country was hit with the virus. Although dermatologists were not immediately the frontline health care workers, all aspects of their practice were drastically affected. Adapting to this unprecedented crisis required urgent appropriate responses. With preventive measures and conserving health care resources being the most essential priorities, dermatologists, as an integral part of the health system, needed to adapt their practices according to the latest guidelines. The spectrum of the challenges encompassed education, teledermatology, lasers, and other dermatologic procedures, as well as management of patients who were immunosuppressed or developed drug reactions and, most importantly, the newly revealed cutaneous signs of COVID-19. These challenges have paved the way for new horizons in dermatology.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Dermatology/standards , Hospitals, University , Skin Diseases/etiology , Skin Diseases/therapy , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/drug therapy , Cosmetic Techniques , Dermatitis/etiology , Dermatologic Surgical Procedures , Dermatology/education , Dermatology/methods , Dermoscopy , Drug Eruptions/etiology , Hand Dermatoses/etiology , Hand Disinfection , Humans , Internship and Residency , Iran/epidemiology , Laser Therapy , Personal Protective Equipment/adverse effects , Phototherapy , Practice Guidelines as Topic , Private Practice , SARS-CoV-2 , Skin Diseases/drug therapy , Telemedicine
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Pediatr Dermatol ; 38(4): 977-979, 2021 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1261162

ABSTRACT

A virtual pediatric dermatology student-run clinic was initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic, when in-person educational opportunities were limited. The clinic's aim is to provide high-quality dermatologic care to a diverse, underserved pediatric patient population while teaching trainees how to diagnose and manage common skin conditions. In our initial eight sessions, we served 37 patients, predominantly those with skin of color, and had a low no-show rate of 9.8%. This report describes the general structure of the clinic, goals, and the patient population to provide an overview of our educational model for those interested in similar efforts.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Dermatology , Education, Medical , Telemedicine , Child , Dermatology/education , Humans , Pandemics , Patient Care , SARS-CoV-2 , Students
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Arch Dermatol Res ; 313(5): 389-390, 2021 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1258200

ABSTRACT

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has necessitated a dramatic shift in how our dermatology residents and fellows are educated. Distance or online learning has become the norm, and several national and international academic societies have combined resources to assure that continuing medical education occurs during this difficult time. The purpose of this communication is to review select online resources available to dermatology trainees and to encourage our colleagues to continue to advance our specialty through distance learning.


Subject(s)
Dermatology/education , Education, Distance/methods , Education, Medical, Continuing/methods , Internship and Residency/methods , COVID-19 , Humans , Internet
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