Educational Curriculum for Dermatology Residents

Educational Opportunities as part of Dermatology Residency Program

Didactics: Residents participate in 2 half-days per week of didactics time, with 50 percent of didactics given by faculty. In addition to general dermatology topics, other topics covered in didactics sessions include dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery and basic science topics. A subspecialty textbook is also reviewed each year on a rotating basis, including topics such as pediatric dermatology, genodermatoses and pharmacology. Residents pursuing the Osteopathic Track also attend osteopathic didactics and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) sessions monthly.

Self-study: In addition to didactics time, residents have study time built into their schedule.

Grand Rounds: City-wide dermatology grand rounds are held every Thursday morning, with participation by all dermatology residency programs in Cleveland. The conference is held twice per month at UH Cleveland Medical Center, once per month at MetroHealth Medical Center and once per month at the Cleveland Clinic. Grand rounds involve live patient viewing followed by case discussion.

Visiting Professor Program: Dermatologists and cutaneous biologists from outside institutions periodically give talks at grand rounds through the Visiting Professor Program.

Regional conference meetings: The Cleveland Dermatological Society holds meetings four times per year. These meetings are attended by approximately 200 community dermatologists along with faculty and residents from the academic teaching hospitals in Cleveland. Meetings include live patient viewing and presentations followed by discussions, which may be led by residents, faculty members or community dermatologists. Guest speakers also provide presentations. The fall meeting is hosted by UH Cleveland Medical Center, with residents writing abstracts, presenting posters and/or giving oral presentations.

Conference attendance: Each resident has days allocated for conference attendance, such as those hosted by the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Ohio Dermatological Association and others.

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