Skin of color remains an underrepresented area of study among dermatology residents, suggests study data published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Across 25 accredited US dermatology programs, just 7.5% of residents expressed a specific research interest in skin of color.
In June of 2020, investigators evaluated the websites of all 142 US dermatology residency programs. Programs were screened for publicly available trainee lists with stated interests. Each residents’ interests were reviewed and categorized. Resident demographics were also extracted using information available on the same websites. Interest in skin of color was determined by explicit mention of “skin color,” “ethnic skin,” or similar phrases.