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Ronald G. Wheeland, M.D.
Ronald G. Wheeland, M.D., is a private practitioner in Tucson, Ariz. He is former president of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a long-standing member of the Dermatology Times editorial Advisory board and a co-medical editor.
My proposed plan for diversity in dermatology
My proposed plan for diversity in dermatology
I believe that the only way to increase diversity in medicine and particularly dermatology is to begin this process early in school age children. Here's what I suggest.
Predicting the future of dermatology
Check out Dr. Wheeland's editorial as he shares what he believes the future of dermatology will become and how it will be practiced several decades from now.
Why you should mentor the next generation of derms
Why you should mentor the next generation of derms
An exploration of the role of mentoring in the medical community, medical education, and learning in general.
Do you whistle while you work? You should.
If someone wants a certain type of lifestyle, he must do what’s necessary to attain that goal. I don’t think it matters if dermatologists practice as soloists or group members.
Paying it forward through mentoring
[Mentoring] “teaching” per se; although, education is usually a part of the process. Mentoring is more the action of providing help or assistance in dealing with some problem or issue that the mentee is having difficulty in dealing with it.
Should dermatologists change the way we do business?
Several weeks ago an editorial appeared in our local newspaper. The basic premise of this editorial is that we doctors aren’t doing enough “to control healthcare costs.” This is in spite of the availability of an $840 million grant program under the ACA “to teach Medicare and Medicaid doctors new ways to offer higher-quality, better-coordinated, more cost-effective care.” From my experience as a practicing dermatologist in both academics and private practice, I have always felt that the specialty of dermatology was extremely cost effective while delivering high quality care to our patients. Providing high quality healthcare at a reasonable cost is not only incredibly difficult but also extremely complex.
Evaluating the realities of the Affordable Care Act
There are no valid reasons, in my opinion, that everyone should not have access to high quality healthcare. Sadly, due to corrupt governments, geographic isolation, religious and ethnic conflicts, poor economies, inadequate education, ineffective leadership or a simple lack of will, much of the world’s population — especially those in Third World countries — has little or no access to healthcare. This is a gigantic problem with global implications that has no simple solution.
Funding medical technology in the era of the ACA
Regardless of the specialty, one commonality that has resulted from the multitudinous technologic advances and the improved quality and quantity of life is that they have all come at a significant cost.
Medical advances that have shaped dermatology
I have been trying to catalog and assign relative importance to the many changes in the field of medicine that have occurred during my medical career. I first concentrated on the various federal policies and programs that have changed how we practice medicine. This part will review the development of new administrative tools as well as new technologies, drugs and devices that have impacted on dermatologic healthcare delivery.

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