Dermatology Residency

Chairman: Henry W. Lim, M.D.
Program Director: Holly Kerr, M.D.
Associate Program Director: Laurie Kohen, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Monica Murphy

The Dermatology Residency Program at Henry Ford Hospital was established in 1954. The program offers exceptional clinical training with exposure to a wide diversity of diseases in multiple skin types. We offer a three-year program (PGY-2 through PGY-4), which begins after the successful completion of a PGY-1 year.

Our department is located at the New Center One area of Detroit, MI - just a few blocks from the Henry Ford Hospital's main campus. Residents also rotate at satellite clinics in the suburban cities of Troy, West Bloomfield, Novi and Plymouth.

Our faculty is diverse and dedicated to the education program. We have many talented faculty members who hold sub-specialty dermatology clinics and also participate in research activities.

Our patient population is quite diverse - coming from varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We see patients with acute and chronic dermatologic issues. Patients can be referred from dermatologists, primary care physicians, other specialists, and self-referred, which provides a broad clinical experience. Experience in multiple subspecialty clinics, resident continuity clinics, Mohs surgery, resident surgery clinics, dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology, and inpatient consultations are all core elements to the residency training experience.

Residents are actively involved in learning how to teach - they participate in the education of other residents, medical students and visiting residents. Resident autonomy and graduated responsibility is encouraged and fostered throughout the program.

Medical students

Henry Ford Hospital Department of Dermatology offers a one month clinical rotation to students who are in Year III or Year IV of medical school at an accredited school in the U.S. If interested please complete the elective program application. Return the completed application to medical education for processing and approval. If you have any questions please contact our Program Coordinator, Monica Murphy at mmurphy1@hfhs.org.

The subspecialty clinics that we offer are:

  • Multicultural Dermatology
  • Mycosis Fungoides/CTCL Clinic
  • Patch Testing/Contact Dermatitis Clinic
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Photodermatology
  • Transplant Clinic
  • Laser Clinic
  • Nail Clinic
  • Follicular Disorders Clinic
  • Pigmented Lesions Clinic
  • Vitiligo Clinic
  • Combined Dermatology/Rheumatology Clinic

Medical dermatology is practiced by many of our faculty. We manage patients with immunobullous disorders, connective tissue diseases, and patients requiring biologic therapies. Our New Center One clinic houses the day hospital unit. Patients are treated here with Goeckerman-type therapies or photopheresis. The phototherapy unit uses a wide range of state-of-the-art photo technology with BBUVB, NBUVB, PUVA, UVA-1, phototesting, photopatch testing and excimer laser. Our pediatric subspecialty clinic is run by a triple-boarded pediatric dermatologist with interests in vascular lesions and epidermolysis bullosa.

We hope that your dermatology training with us is broad and deep. Our goal is to give you a wide exposure of disease processes and patient diversity. We are dedicated to your education and know that when you graduate from our program, you will be a competent, confident dermatologist who will take great care of your patients and contribute to the field of dermatology.

Our mission

  • is to provide training in dermatologic disease such that the resident completing the training program shall be an expert in the diseases of the hair, nail, skin and adjacent mucosa.
  • is to provide training in service excellence such that the resident completing the training program shall excel at such components of the physician-patient relationship.
  • is to promote and nurture scientific and research endeavors such that the resident completing the training program can continue lifelong learning and the pursuit of continual self-improvement.
Information for Applicants
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