The goal of dermatopathology training is to ensure that each resident has a broad knowledge of the histopathologic features of skin disease. Teaching sessions, conducted monthly, consist of reviews of interesting cases and formal didactic lectures. During inpatient dermatology rotations, residents attend dermatopathology case sign-outs five days per week and review cases over a multi-headed microscope with a faculty member who is board-certified in dermatopathology.
Dermatologists treat patients of all ages, and the proficient treatment of pediatric skin disease requires distinct clinical training. Dermatologists must be prepared not only to treat common pediatric disorders, but to recognize rare syndromes and disorders unique to childhood. Treatment of pediatric patients is integrated into general dermatology clinics and is further emphasized in weekly pediatric clinics at both Strong Memorial Hospital and our Red Creek clinic location with our pediatric dermatologist on faculty in addition to two community pediatric dermatologists. These clinics prepare residents to care for the total spectrum of pediatric dermatological problems. There is also a monthly pediatric Journal Club.
The Department of Dermatology is actively involved in dermatologic surgery, with training provided by two dermatologic surgeons. Mohs micrographic surgery is performed five days per week and involves active resident participation. At the completion of training, residents are skilled in the surgical techniques of simple and complex excisions, layered closures, grafts, and small flaps. There are several surgery lectures each month by the faculty surgeons.
Direct hands-on-training supervised laser use occurs at our Red Creek clinic site where state of the art laser equipment is located, under the supervision of Dr. Sheriff Ibrahim. In addition, one resident visits the Genesee Valley Dermatology & Laser Centre each week for additional exposure to a variety of lasers with a community dermatologist. At the completion of training, residents will be knowledgeable and have experience in the use of dermatologic lasers for vascular, pigmented lesions, tattoos, hair removal, benign lesion ablation, psoriasis treatment, and non-ablative photo rejuvenation. The residents teaching curriculum also includes basic seminars on general principles of cutaneous laser surgery.
Inpatient Dermatology Consultation
Dermatologic manifestations of systemic medical conditions is an integral part of medicine and offers a unique scope of pathology that would otherwise not be seen in the outpatient setting. Each resident spends one month on inpatient consults in which he/she may evaluate a new-onset skin condition in the hospital setting at the request of another service. Under the supervision of a faculty member, the resident may encounter dermatologic emergencies as well as common drug eruptions or rare pathology unique to this setting in acutely sick patients.
Night Call Responsibilities
All residents take night, weekend, and holiday call on a rotating basis. First-year residents begin taking call November 1st. All residents are expected to be available to come to the hospital when they are needed. A faculty member is available to assist the on-call resident at all times. On-call residents are expected to communicate with patients regarding questions that arise and to interact with consulting physicians regarding consult cases. (The surgery resident is on-call for any surgical complications that the patients of Drs. Brown and Ibrahim may experience during the week.)
The Department of Dermatology Residency Program does not permit moonlighting.