University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Distribution of Dermatologists in Wisconsin: How Are We Doing in Providing Care to Our Most Vulnerable Communities

Sarah Mortimer, MD; Anne Rosin, MD

Published online April 27, 2020.

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ABSTRACT

Background: The specialty of dermatology has not been affected by initiatives to help recruit physicians rurally, even with the rising demand for dermatology services. The geographic density of dermatologists is distributed unevenly across the nation; however, the distribution has not been analyzed at the state level for Wisconsin.

Methods: We analyzed geographic distribution information obtained from the American Academy of Dermatology.

Results: The Southeastern region of Wisconsin has the greatest density of dermatologists, with 6.76 per 100,000 individuals. Northeastern, Southern, Western, and Northern regions follow with ratios of 4.32, 3.97, 3.53, and 3.50, respectively.

Discussion: Two of the 5 state public health regions are adequately served with a ratio of greater than 4 dermatologists per 100,000 individuals. Wisconsin’s regions with the greatest rural counties contain the worst ratios.


Author Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wis (Mortimer, Rosin); William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Rosin).
Corresponding Author: Sarah Mortimer, MD, Department of Dermatology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 1 S Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53705, phone 608.287.2620; email smortimer@uwhealth.org.
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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