Medical students lack basic dermatology skills: study

Skin conditions account for 15% of GP consultations in Australia but medical students are not being taught about even the most basic skin problems such as dermatophyte infections and leg ulcers, dermatologists warn.

In a call for a dermatology core curriculum to be adopted nationally, dermatologists say students are graduating from medical school after having only five lectures and attending one clinic in dermatology.

In a review of the curricula of Australia’s 18 medical schools, they found the dermatology content