Preparing Residents for the Changing Practice of Dermatology through Developing a Teledermatology Curriculum

Sponsor: American Academy of Dermatology

Location(s): United States



Teledermatology triage systems work well in capitated systems to 1) increase access 2) decrease patient wait times and 3) increase coordination of care between primary care providers and dermatology specialists.


  • In anticipation of expanded health care needs, there will be increased demand for dermatologic services.
  • Store and forward teledermatology triage consults can aid in accommodating patients in an efficient way and can improve service outcomes without increasing costs.
  • Current technology exists has to be integrated in a seamless fashion-the goal being that it should be part of everyday use by primary care providers taking no longer than a few minutes to send a consult and no longer than a few minutes for dermatologists to give first pass advice and triage consultation.
  • The setpoint for payment of teledermatology consults is yet to be determined and must take into consideration the cost of the technology, reimbursement to dermatologists and shift and costs of system for primary care providers.
  • The setpoint for payment of teledermatology consults is yet to be determined and must take into consideration the cost of the technology, reimbursement to dermatologists and shift and costs of system for primary care providers
  • Dermatologists will be seeing complex medical and surgical cases representing a shift in work load and case complexity.
  • Primary care providers will also note a shift in their workload with regard to dermatology and will perhaps require training.
  • Workload shifts may be offset by improved service and health care outcomes and educational opportunities for primary care providers.
  • System can be adapted throughout the UC health care system