Using Self-Learning Modules to Integrate SOC Dermatology into Medical Education Curricula

An iPoster at the recent Skin of Color Society Scientific Symposium, held March 24 in Boston, Massachusetts, examined the use of Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) as a way to integrate dermatology into color skin in medical education programs.

The study authors said that increased awareness of skin color representation in medical education has translated into needs-based curricula. However, because the specialty of dermatology is a visual specialty, they postulated that visually oriented modalities are warranted. SLMs are a popular way to disseminate knowledge visually. It is also a useful tool for assessing learning before and after a module, according to the poster.

The authors developed a bilingual self-learning module in dermatology of skin of color and delivered it to second-year undergraduate medical students at the University of Ottawa, Canada. After the pre- and post-module, a survey was sent to all participants to obtain initial feedback on the system. The survey was 6 questions with responses given in Likert style responses.

A total of 15 students participated in the module and completed the survey (9% response rate). Of these, the order in which they preferred different learning modalities was 1. development of professional skills; 2. case-based learning; 3. Didactic material; 4. Self-learning modules; and 5. Other published material.

The difficulty of setting up the learning module was rated by participants as easy, or very easy to use by 80% (n=12/15) and 73% (n=11/15) stating that they felt more, or very more, competent to assess a patient with colored skin. Ninety-three percent of respondents said that SLM could be an important addition to the curriculum in this area. Additionally, while most respondents said it would be most beneficial for the second year of Canadian medical school (MS), the study author noted that the selection of when to use the module, according to the data, was: MS2>MS1>MS3>MS4.


Bose R, Mahmood F, Mardiros L, Colantonio S. Integrating dermatology of skin of color into medical education curricula: the utility of self-study modules. iPost to: 18th Scientific Symposium of the Skin of Color Society; March 24, 2022; Boston, MA.

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