Educational photographs need to better represent the entire patient population

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Recent studies have highlighted poor representation of darker skin types in dermatology textbooks and online resources. Vincent A. DeLeo, MD, talks to Jules B. Lipoff, MD (@juleslipoff), about the general paucity of images of skin of color in learning resources as well as an overrepresentation of darker skin types in material about sexually transmitted infections. “We should be teaching our students and our residents. It shouldn’t be just a skin of color lecture. Skin of color should be through every lecture. We should be showing how everything presents in every skin type,” Dr. Lipoff notes. They also discuss the flaws in the Fitzpatrick skin type system.


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Host: Vincent A. DeLeo, MD (University of Southern California, Los Angeles)

Guest: Jules B. Lipoff, MD (department of dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)

Disclosures: Dr. DeLeo is a consultant for Estée Lauder. Dr. Lipoff reports no conflict of interest.

Show notes by: Allegra Sparta, Melissa Sears

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