Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
Mayo Clinic Arizona is one of the rare programs offering
a categorical position in dermatology, combining
a one-year transitional year at our local hospital
with three years of dermatology training. It is a small and intimate
program, accepting two residents per year and turning
out well-trained dermatologists. Unique to the program is
the offering of a high degree of resident autonomy. Residents,
from their outset in the department, are assigned their own
calendars independent of attending physicians. First year dermatology
residents are expected to staff every patient, but for
the remainder of residency staffing is at the discretion of the
resident. Therefore, conscientious trainees are a must as they
are relied upon to recognize when additional help from an attending
physician is needed. Our didactic time is generous
with Monday and Tuesday mornings dedicated to teaching,
a weekly Wednesday morning Grand Rounds, and a resident
run chief conference on Fridays targeting board fodder. Dermatopathology
is taught every Tuesday and consists of residents
and a dermatopathologist. All residents are proficient
in dermatopathology by completion of training. Many of our
Monday and Tuesday conference are tri-site including Mayo
Rochester, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, Florida. Of note, opportunity
to rotate for a month at the other Mayo campuses
during residency exists. The pediatric dermatology exposure
and training is excellent with ongoing rotations at Phoenix
Children’s Hospital and access to three pediatric dermatologists.
We also rotate at Maricopa Medical Center, which cares
for the underserved, indigent, and poor. Surgical and Mohs
experiences start in the first year of dermatology training, with
acquirement of one’s own excision clinic at the start of the
second year which continues until residency completion. In
addition to a Mohs surgeon, we have a plastic surgeon in the department, and receive pediatric surgery and supplementary laser training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. When presenting,
the trip budget for conferences is generous and there are
opportunities for research. Finally, we have faculty expertise
and niches in dermoscopy, contact dermatitis, and melanoma.
About half of residents go on to fellowships.
The author has not disclosed any conflicts of interest.
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