The use of Dermoscopy Following a one-day Workshop Among Family Medicine Residents

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The purpose of this study is to determine if a single grand rounds workshop impacts the use of dermoscopy in a single Family Medicine Residency training program. Dermoscopy is a non-invasive tool to allow for higher magnification of skin lesions thereby increasing the ability to assess qualities which are unable to be seen by the naked eye. This study utilized a pre- and post-workshop survey questionnaire to assess participant practices in evaluation, diagnosis, and management of skin lesions. Eighteen (18) residents completed the survey prior to the grand rounds workshop. Nine (9) residents completed the follow-up survey three-months post-workshop. The results showed that the frequency of dermoscopy use increased post-workshop (Pearson’s Chi Square=8.83, p=0.012; Fischer’s Exact=0.008) and residents felt dermoscopy decreased the need to refer skin lesions (Pearson’s Chi Square=9.11, p=0.028; Fischer’s Exact=0.023). However, there was no significant change in resident comfort level when using dermoscopy post-educational workshop (Pearson’s Chi Square=5.34, p=0.255; Fischer’s Exact=0.272).