University of Missouri School of Medicine MU Health School of Medicine
Dermatology Divider

Residency Program Goals

  1. To improve history and physical diagnostic skills, and to broaden differential diagnosis as it applies to dermatology.

  2. To practice evidence-based medicine, by consulting the medical literature regularly to guide patient care decisions. To develop proficiency at searching library and Internet sources for clinically relevant medical information, and to develop skill in the interpretation and application of findings from the literature.

  3. To engage in structured study of the basic sciences related to dermatology, including allergy, anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry, embryology, entomology, genetics, histology, immunology, molecular biology, mycology, oncology, parasitology, pathology, dermatopathology, immunodermatology, pharmacology, photobiology, physiology, serology, virology, and basic medical principles of general medicine and pediatrics.

  4. To develop expertise in the use and interpretation of diagnostic tests used in dermatology. To develop knowledge with microscopic analysis of biologic specimens (i.e. fungal and ectoparasite scrapings, Tzanck preparations,) culture for microbes (i.e. fungi, bacterial, viruses) along with interpretation of histologic specimens by light microscopy, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopy.

  5. To gain knowledge of and competence in the performance of procedures in allergy and immunology, cryosurgery, dermatologic surgery, laser surgery, dermatopathology, clinical pathology, parasitology, patch testing, photobiology, and topical and systemic pharmacotherapy and microbiology, including sexually transmitted diseases.

  6. To gain training in local and regional anesthesia, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, laser surgery, nail surgery, biopsy techniques, and excisional surgery with appropriate closures, including flaps and grafts, and to record procedures in a surgical log to American Board of Dermatology requirements. To become familiar with hair transplantation, dermabrasion, sclerotherapy, laser therapy, Botox, liposuction, chemical peels and cutaneous micrographic surgery.

  7. To gain familiarity with the practice of Dermatology delivered via Telehealth technology including live interactive and store and forward.

  8. To excel at the humanistic, compassionate practice of medicine, being sensitive to the needs and concerns of the patient. To develop understanding of patient diversity, including race, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic position.

  9. To consistently interact with other health care providers, patients, and members of patients' families in a professional manner. To resolve differences of opinion with patients, family members, nurses, consultants, or other health care providers in a diplomatic manner that brings credit to the physician, the Department of Dermatology, and the institution.

  10. To increase understanding of the team concept of patient care, serving as an effective team member. To refine understanding of the appropriate use of specialty consultation.

  11. To strengthen communication skills necessary for a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship. To function effectively as a patient educator.

  12. To increase understanding of how to practice cost-effective medical care through proper utilization of resources. This will include gaining an increased awareness of criteria for patient care commonly required by managed care insurance companies. In addition, a thorough understanding of and regular utilization of institutional patient care paths will be expected, when clinically appropriate.

  13. To consistently and accurately identify and, when possible, anticipate potential patient care problems and dilemmas.

  14. To develop increased familiarity with the needs of patients and families of patients who are suffering from terminal illnesses and to work with other providers to insure that, where appropriate, quality palliative care is rendered.

  15. To assist in the teaching of medical students and residents of other disciplines. To serve as a role model for younger physicians and students, practicing highly professional, compassionate care. To bring clinically relevant information from the medical literature to other team members for discussion and review.

  16. To display intellectual curiosity, demonstrating motivation to be a lifelong student of medicine.

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