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Educational Activities

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. Our program reviews Bolognia every year. 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, JAMA Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, and Pediatric 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.