dermatology; skin disease; primary care; cutaneous disease; skin; skin of color; ethnicity; race; demographics; demographics in medicine; demographics in dermatology; dark skin; light skin; skin tones




Dermatological disease has historically been dependent on photography as a primary modality for education. Previously, photographs used for medical education were representative of the regional patient populations at that time; however, they have not proportionally reflected the rapidly changing demographics in the United States. Education on the diagnosis of cutaneous disease has, therefore, primarily relied on photographs of lighter skin tones. There is a need for a better representation of darker skin tones in dermatologic medical education. This article introduces a clinical series that highlights dermatological diseases in various skin pigmentations, which are commonly seen in the primary care office. The goal is to improve the diagnostic accuracy of primary care clinicians and to compare how certain cutaneous diseases may vary in appearance depending on the individuals’ Fitzpatrick skin type.

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