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Dermatology residents receive national attention for study

Matthew Helm, MD, and Katherine Hallock, MD, both third-year dermatology residents at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, were recently recognized nationally for a study they conducted along with faculty members Elizabeth Bisbee, MD, and Jeffrey Miller, MD.

The results of the study were published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology’s Feb. 15, 2019, edition, and this study was the “Leading News” in the March 25 edition of Dermatology Daily.

The objective of the study was to optimize the total body skin examination (TBSE). A video recording was done of five residents and five fellows conducting a regular TBSE on male and female participants. According to the authors, “our results indicate that a standardized process of performing a TBSE minimizes the chance of missing a body area. This could also have implications on teaching a standardized TBSE to medical students, residents, and physicians.”

Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Chair of Dermatology and Associate Dean of Administration, acknowledged Drs. Hallock and Helm’s scholarly accomplishment, stating that both are rising stars in their specialty.

Read the paper here.

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