Did you know that the 5-year melanoma survival rate for non-Hispanic black Americans is 25% less than that of non-Hispanic white Americans?
This is often due to a misdiagnosis on patients with skin of color, and melanoma is not the only dermatologic condition for which this occurs. Patients with darker skin are often not used in medical training, or in clinical trials, and this is reflected in the number of skin conditions that are improperly diagnosed including skin cancer, psoriasis, and certain scalp conditions. Nearly half of dermatologists report that they have received inadequate medical training on skin conditions in patients with skin of color. There are genetic and environmental factors that can cause other skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, hair loss, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, to disproportionately affect patients of certain ethnicities and darker skin color as well.
This program seeks to educate dermatologists on these racial disparities, so they are better equipped to diagnose and treat patients with skin of color. With an extensive look at gaps in training and clinical research, a panel of dermatology experts in treating skin of color, patient cases, and patient perspectives, participants can gain the knowledge needed to bridge this gap and help patients overcome these disparities.
Dr. McMichael is a Philadelphia native who received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed Internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and her Dermatology residency training at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.