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Some Fourth-Year Medical Students Lack Proficiency in Detecting Melanomas

(Reuters 2/12) According to research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting, some fourth-year medical students are not particularly proficient when it comes to detecting melanomas. In a study in which students were presented with patients complaining about carpal tunnel syndrome and wearing simulated melanomas, investigators found that 56 students observed the lesion, but only 13 did note it in the patient’s records or even mentioned it to the patient. Because of this, the researchers suggested that medical schools redouble their efforts at helping medical students learn to identify melanomas while evaluating patients.