Welcome Our program's basic philosophy is for residents and faculty to work closely together to deliver the best possible care of patients with common and unusual skin diseases. We have a diverse faculty with expertise across the gamut of dermatology sub-specializations, several of whom have dual appointments in the medical center. Our faculty are recognized nationally and serve prominent positions in major academic associations. Integration of the clinical and research areas of Dermatology by advancement of knowledge through basic, clinical and policy research is a strong feature of our program. All aspects of training are carefully supervised so graduates of our clinical or academic careers. Our emphasis on the acquisition of essential knowledge, technical expertise, critical reasoning skills, and emphasis on working as part of a team with ancillary staff prepares them to practice independently in a variety of settings, promotes the potential for research pursuits, and hones administrative skills. In addition to guiding our residents to achieve stellar clinical, scientific, and technical skills, we emphasize the psychosocial model – a term coined here at the University of Rochester by Dr. George Engel. The model prompted a revolution in medical thinking emphasizing that, in addition to the biological aspects of disease, the psychosocial dimensions are critical aspects of patient care. Beyond the science of dermatology, we take very seriously our charge to train empathetic clinicians of the highest caliber. The field of dermatology affords the gratifying opportunity for long-term continuity of care. Our faculty members are excited to help residents meet their full potential, inculcating a spirit of leadership, lifelong learning, and excellence. Thus, we strive to fulfill the motto of our University: Meliora – "Ever Better." I encourage you to investigate and consider our program further. Mary Gail Mercurio, M.D. Professor of Dermatology and Obstetrics & Gynecology Department of Dermatology University of Rochester School of Medicine 601 Elmwood Ave, Box 697 Rochester, NY 14642 Our Facilities Strong Memorial Hospital The University of Rochester Medical Center's Dermatology Residency Program is based at Strong Memorial Hospital—a 739-bed, Level I trauma center that serves as URMC's main teaching hospital. The hospital is a tertiary and quaternary care referral center for Upstate New York. It is accredited by The Joint Commission and has been consistently named one of America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Our Dermatology physicians and residents treat patients in modern inpatient and outpatient facilities. More than 13,000 dermatology outpatients are seen annually at Strong Memorial. The Dermatology outpatient facility is located in the hospital's ambulatory care center, which opened in 1996. There are seven examination rooms, five state-of-the-art surgical procedure rooms, a clinical trials unit, and a phototherapy unit. Residents have their own offices—with dedicated computers—and a study area at the outpatient facility, where most of their time is spent. An electronic medical records system is used. The department also has a conference room that includes a dermatology library. The dermatology inpatient service is supervised by the second- or third-year resident on call. Veterans Administration Clinic The Rochester Outpatient VA Clinic, located five minutes from Strong Memorial Hospital, provides outpatient services for veterans in the Rochester area. The VA's Dermatology patients are evaluated by residents one half-day per week. Monroe Community Hospital Monroe Community Hospital is a state-of-the-art, 635-bed chronic-care facility for geriatric and chronically ill patients. A second- or third-year resident spends one half-day per week in the dermatology referral clinic, where they have the opportunity to see patients independently. Monroe Community Hospital is about five minutes away from Strong Memorial Hospital. Satellite Office Our state-of-the-art satellite office at is located at 400 Red Creek Drive. Months were invested picking the site, working with architects to draft the layout, deciding on equipment as well as furniture and fabric. Our satellite office has 12 exam rooms, two nursing stations,4 procedure rooms, a phototherapy facility, and faculty and resident offices. We also have state-of-the-art lasers available at our new location, which enhances our resident training activities.