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Balancing medical education in aesthetics: Review and debate

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      The demand for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures is rising, and the public and other physicians deem dermatologists as top providers of these services. Given these expectations, dermatologic residency training must equip resident physician trainees to care for the growing population of patients with aesthetic concerns. As it stands, formal hands-on cosmetic dermatology training in residency is lacking specific structure. Educational, cultural, time, and monetary barriers exist, among others, which restrict residents from attaining proficiency in cosmetic dermatology procedures prior to graduation. This may adversely impact patient safety and deter graduates from offering aesthetic procedures. The standardization of core residency competencies in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures is fundamental to guarantee patient safety and satisfaction while ensuring practitioner competence. The balance between these elements is essential for optimal patient care. We review and debate modifying and strengthening the current curriculum requirements while presenting means to overcome barriers.
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