Resident Round Part 1: Program Spotlight - Texas Tech Dermatology Residency Program openaccess articles

March 2015 | Volume 14 | Issue 3 | Feature | 306 | Copyright © 2015

Daneeque Woolfolk MD, Kehinde Ogunmakin MD, Jeffrey Brackeen MD, and Bryan Carroll MD

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX


Resident Rounds is a section of the JDD dedicated to highlighting various dermatology departments with residency training programs. Resident Rounds includes three sections: (1) a program spotlight highlighting pertinent information about the department and residency training program; (2) a section presenting study materials used by residents at the program; and (3) a section designed to highlight recent interesting cases seen at the institution. This issue of Resident Rounds features the Texas Tech University Dermatology Residency Program. The editor of Resident Rounds is Dr. Ali Alikhan. If you are interested in highlighting your training program in a future issue, please contact Dr. Alikhan at

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The Department of Dermatology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) has a long history of excellence in serving the residents of west Texas and eastern New Mexico. Positioned as a major referral center, the department provides care to a significant majority of patients who live in primarily rural areas with limited access to dermatological services.

The residency program is composed of nine residents, three in each year of training. Our four full-time faculty members include one general dermatologist, one fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, and two fellowship-trained dermatopathologists. In addition to our outstanding faculty, there are six part-time clinical associate professors, community physicians who contribute their time to teaching in the department and staffing clinics when needed. The TTUHSC is the primary site of training, boasting over 15,000 patient visits each year. The adjacent University Medical Center provides the setting for our inpatient consult service. Other associated sites of training include the Lubbock VA Outpatient Clinic, the City of Lubbock STD Clinic, the Schwartzentraub podiatry clinic, and Laser Dynamics, a community laser treatment center. A robust teledermatology practice serving incarcerated patients, as well as pediatric patients at an established medical site in El Paso, Texas, further extends the reach of the department, and allows the residents to provide care for additional underserved individuals.

Didactics at TTUHSC include a weekly textbook review, clinical dermatology lectures by faculty, a rotating weekly chief

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lecture, procedural dermatology lectures and hands-on labs, journal club, and dermatopathology conference with weekly unknowns. Grand rounds occurs each Friday, with patients presenting from our primary clinical sites, as well as from community physician offices. These sessions are highly educational, and often present uncommon to rare cases. Residents additionally attend the Texas Dermatological Society meeting twice yearly, and all residents are able to attend the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting.

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