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Building Successful Culture, Mission, and Vision in Dermatology

      Abstract

      Building a successful culture in academic dermatology is necessary now more than ever, which is compounded by the shortage of dermatologists, especially academicians. This dearth of academic dermatologists raises questions concerning who will train future generations of physicians and who will drive innovative research to advance the field and improve patient care. Recruitment and retention of dermatologists in academia faces steep challenges posed by increasing demands within academic medicine and the draw of the private sector. It is important to address barriers to a career in academia. Efforts should be focused on modifiable aspects of dermatology residency experiences in order to promote a career in academic dermatology. Of equal importance is the retention of faculty already in academia, since midcareer shifts from academic settings to private practice can result in a significant leadership gap.
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