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West Virginia in need of specialty doctors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Doctors who specialize in skin care and treating diseases of the glands are in short supply in West Virginia.

Demand is high for dermatologists and endocrinologists. The trouble is producing more doctors in those fields.

The dermatology residency program at West Virginia University's School of Medicine is the state's only such training program. It accepts one student each year.

WVU medical education department chairman Dr. Norman Ferrari says a national accrediting body limits the number of graduates that member schools are allowed to produce.

Endocrinologists treat patients who suffer from diabetes, thyroid diseases, metabolic and hormone disorders, and certain cancers. But Marshall University medical school dean Dr. Joseph Shapiro says fewer students are interested because the pay is lower than other medical fields.

 


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