Educational Activities/Teaching Conferences

In addition to teaching that is conducted in the course of clinical care, our program includes a structured, formal conference schedule for resident education. Each morning begins with a one-hour teaching conference. Conferences regularly cover dermatopathology slide review, a book review, and differential diagnosis of Kodachromes. There is a basic science lecture series given by the faculty modeled on the Structure & Function Course sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology covering the basic science of skin biology. The remaining conferences are clinical or basic science lectures given by residents, faculty, or outside speakers.

Every other Wednesday afternoon is devoted to Dermatology Grand Rounds. At Grand Rounds, interesting cases from URMC and the dermatology community are presented. Four times each year, the combined Buffalo-Rochester Dermatology Society meets, rotating between the two cities and allowing residents to see patients from several institutions, along with a guest lecturer.

Journal Club sessions center on discussions covering cases of interest found in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Archives of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Residents attend and present cases at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting and attend research meetings in which they present their research work, as well as selected clinical meetings during the year. Residents are required to publish a paper during their training and are encouraged to publish interesting cases. Most are first author or co-author on several dermatology publications by the end of their residency.

International Medicine Program

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, through its International Medicine Program, provides opportunities for students and faculty to broaden their understanding of health care issues at home and abroad. The Department of Dermatology actively participates in this program. During the third year of our residency program, electives in approved dermatology programs abroad may be taken. Residents who have participated in this program have found it professionally rewarding as well as memorable. Electives have been conducted in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Barcelona, Spain and London, England, as well as at various Dermatology Departments in the United States.

Teaching Conference Topics Covered During Residency

  • Structure and function of the skin
  • Keratinocyte biology; psoriasis, psoriasiform dermatoses and treatment
  • Atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and other eczematous disorders and treatment
  • Cutaneous lymphomas, leukemias, pseudolymphomas and treatment
  • Use and misuse of glucocorticosteroids
  • Use and misuse of retinoids and other systemic therapies
  • Principles of genetics relevant to skin disease; genetic blistering disorders
  • Neonatal disorders and treatment
  • Acquired blistering disorders
  • Disorders of cornification and their treatment
  • Melanocyte biology: genetic and acquired disorders of pigmentation
  • Biology of collagen and elastic tissue, disorders thereof
  • Principles of photobiology and phototherapy
  • Photosensitivity disorders (including porphyrias) and treatment
  • Aging and photoaging: photocarcinogenesis; cancer-prone genodermatoses
  • Basal cell carcinoma: squamous cell carcinoma, precancerous lesions and treatment
  • Flaps, grafts, sutures, and surgical management
  • Melanoma, melanocytic tumors and treatment
  • Lupus erythematosus and treatment
  • Scleroderma, dermatomyositis, and other rheumatologic disorders and treatment
  • Vasculitis and its treatment
  • Panniculitis and treatment
  • Biology of hair; hair disorders and treatment
  • Biology of sebaceous, eccrine and apocrine glands; disorders thereof (including acne)
  • Tumors of follicular, sebaceous, eccrine, or apocrine differentiation
  • Tumors of vascular, fibrous, nerve, or muscular differentiation
  • Biology of nails; nail disorders and treatment
  • Signs of internal malignancy and hematopoietic disease
  • Signs of endocrine and metabolic disease, including amyloidosis
  • Signs of nutritional, gastrointestinal, renal, and cardiovascular disease; pruritus and neurocutaneous disease
  • Principles of immunology and inflammation relevant to skin disease
  • Disorders manifesting urticaria, angioedema, or flushing (including mastocytosis) and treatment
  • Primary immunodeficiency disorders and treatment
  • Acquired immunodeficiency disorders (including AIDS) and treatment
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and treatment
  • Viral infections and treatment
  • Bacterial and rickettsial infections and treatment
  • Mycobacterial infections (including leprosy) and treatment
  • Dermatophytosis, candidiasis and treatment
  • Deep fungal infections and treatment
  • Parasites, vectors, bites/stings and treatment
  • Sarcoidosis, histiocytosis, and noninfectious granulomas; mucinoses and mucopolysaccharidoses
  • Oral, genital, mucocutaneous disorders and treatment
  • Principles of wound healing: reactions to physical agents
  • Use and misuse of lasers