Dialogue in dermatology: the importance of diverse representation


  • Victor Mocanu UBC
  • Inayah Manji
  • Jordanna Roesler


The combined health crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and longstanding systemic racism are inspiring accountable curricular change. One example is the inclusion of diverse skin colours in dermatology training materials. Dermatological conditions represented predominantly on lighter skin can overlook phenotypic differences on skin of colour, contributing to these conditions being underrecognized and undertreated for people of colour. Recognizing dermatological presentations for people of colour should be a physician competency, especially as Canada becomes increasingly diverse. Diversifying dermatology training resources is one necessary step for better equipping future physicians to provide quality care and improve health outcomes.