Dermatology Resident Curriculum

The residency program covers a broad curriculum with lectures in clinical dermatology, basic science, dermatopathology, surgery, billing/coding and service excellence. Didactic lectures are held daily, with Grand Rounds occurring once a week. Residents attend day-long meetings held by Michigan Dermatological Society each year.

Residents spend the majority of time rotating in their Resident Continuity Clinic and Staff Clinics. Subspecialty staff clinics include experience in Multicultural Dermatology, Mycosis Fungoides/CTCL Clinic, Patch Testing Clinic/Contact Dermatitis, Pediatric Dermatology, Pigmented Lesions, Photodermatology, Medical Dermatology, Psoriasis Clinic, Rheumatology/Dermatology Clinic, Integrative Dermatology Clinic, Atopic Dermatitis Clinic and Transplant Dermatology Clinic.

Block rotations in Mohs Surgery, Dermatopathology, and Inpatient Consultation enhance the clinic experience.

  • Mohs Surgery: 2 months per year
  • Inpatient Consultation Service (Main Campus): 2 months in the 1st year, 2 months in the 2nd year
  • Pathology: begins in the 2nd year, with 2 months in the 3rd year

Surgical experience consists of Mohs Surgery rotations during each year of training, Resident Surgery Clinics, and clinical experience in electrosurgery, cryotherapy, cosmetic surgical techniques, and nail surgery. Workshops on biopsy technique and suturing are held for first-year residents, and a more advanced cadaver workshop focusing on anatomy, flaps and grafts is given each year.

The dermatopathology curriculum is extensive and consists of weekly lectures, slide review at the microscope, and a yearly practical exam. Residents read slides with our dermatopathologist in both the second and third years of residency. Pathology slides interpreted by the department's dermatopathologist are retained in the department. Residents also attend a yearly dermatopathology course.

The Inpatient Consultation Service consists of managing Day Hospital patients at New Center One, primary dermatology inpatients at the Main Campus hospital and inpatient consults at the West Bloomfield Hospital. We have a very active consult service with a priority on communication with the patient and primary team.

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