Resident Rounds: Part I: Program Spotlight: The University of California, Irvine Department of Dermatology Residency Training Program
June 2011 | Volume 10 | Issue 6 | Features | 593 | Copyright © June 2011
Nazanin Saedi MD, Amy Reinstadler MD, Sam Truong MD, Kristen Kelly MD
Resident Rounds is a new section of the JDD dedicated to highlighting various dermatology departments with residency training programs.
Resident Rounds will feature 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 University of California, Irvine Department of Dermatology Residency
Training Program. The editor of Resident Rounds is Omar A. Ibrahimi, MD, PhD. Dr. Ibrahimi is a recent graduate of the Harvard Combined Program
in Dermatology and currently a fellow in Mohs, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at the University of California Davis. If you are interested in
highlighting your training program in a future issue, please contact Dr. Ibrahimi at email@example.com
The University of California (UC) Irvine Department of Dermatology
is the largest dermatology program in Southern
California. Each year, five new residents are chosen, for a total
of 15 residents in the program at any given time. The program
has one procedural dermatology fellow, who spends a year
extensively training in Mohs, laser, and cosmetic surgery, and
has one or two clinical research fellows who spend two years
involved in clinical investigation.
The residency program offers the benefit of seeing patients in
a multitude of settings and is designed to help residents and
fellows treat the breadth of dermatologic conditions. Residents
work at the following locatons: the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital
in Long Beach; UC Irvine Medical Center; Orange County
Kaiser Permanente clinical centers; the UC Irvine Dermatology
Center; the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; and
the Beckman Laser Institute. Senior residents also run clinics
for students at the University Health Clinic.
During all three years, residents spend time at the VA and participate
in the busy general dermatology clinics and consult
service as well as enhance their surgical skills. Senior residents
act as the primary surgeons in the weekly Mohs cases.
Clinics at Kaiser provide an introduction to the managed care
setting. Kaiser offers a unique opportunity for residents to have
their own patient panel, but with the support and oversight of
the Kaiser faculty and staff. Residents spend 10 weeks at Kaiser
each year, as well as one half day a week in Kaiser continuity
clinics during the second and third years.
The program has many subspecialty clinics with world-renowned
leaders in their fields, with clinics that specialize in
immunobullous disorders, psoriasis, pigmented lesions, pigmentary
disorders, vascular disorders, contact dermatitis, laser
and cosmetics, Mohs surgery, and pediatric dermatology.
The residents are particularly fortunate to work at the Beckman
Laser Institute, a world renowned research and clinical laser
institute that specializes in advanced translational research related
to laser and light devices. Residents participate in both
clinical and research work.