Each Thursday afternoon, residents are given protected time to attend a half day of didactics. This includes dermatopathology lab, faculty lecture, journal club, case conference and slide show.
This includes a review of textbook assignments in a slideshow format, facilitated by the second and third year residents. This is followed by review of unknown glass slides. First year residents will be responsible for pulling slides from the previous week’s biopsies for review as well. Outside dermatopathologists are invited to lecture on a periodic basis.
Each week faculty lecture on current topics.
Occurs once a month in lieu of a faculty lecture, directed by a faculty member, in conjunction with a chief resident. Each session focuses on a different journal, with an assigned faculty member or an occasional guest dermatologist as facilitator. The consult resident posts the journal each week for articles to be assigned, with all residents responsible for reading the entire journal and presenting their assigned articles.
Faculty and residents present classic, interesting, unusual, and unknown cases encountered during clinics. Surgical cases of importance are discussed, as well as any mortality and morbidity that has occurred during the past week is reviewed and documented by residents. The attending faculty on call for the week directs the conference and other faculty members attend as much as possible. Residents presenting cases are required to have the patient’s demographics available, although only the patient’s initials are used during the presentation to maintain confidentiality. Selected relevant textbook or EBM journal articles about the case are reviewed. The consult resident is responsible for compiling cases for presentation at conference.
Third year residents assign faculty, residents, and staff members to lead the slide show. Slide show consists of a presentation of 20-30 unknown clinical projected images of cutaneous diseases of all varieties. Residents describe the image presented, give a differential diagnosis, and discuss appropriate key points regarding the correct diagnosis. Pathophysiology, diagnostic testing, therapeutic options, and dermatopathologic correlation is reviewed.
Occur on Fridays, and covers a complete clinical dermatology text annually. A reading schedule is prepared by the third year residents at the beginning of the program year and is included in this handbook. Second and third year residents are responsible for directing this conference.