Resident Rounds. Program Spotlight: Wright State University Department of Dermatology Residency Training Program

August 2013 | Volume 12 | Issue 8 | Feature | 944 | Copyright © 2013

Rishi K. Gandhi MD and Julian J. Trevino MD

Department of Dermatology, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH


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 Wright State University Department of Dermatology Residency Training Program . The editor of Resident Rounds is Omar A. Ibrahimi MD PhD. He is currently the Founding and Medical Director of the Connecticut Skin Institute. Dr. Ibrahimi is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dermatology Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. If you are interested in highlighting your training program in a future issue, please contact Dr. Ibrahimi at

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The Wright State University Department of Dermatology is located in Dayton, OH, and has a rich history of training residents since 1977. The department is composed of four core academic faculty members in clinical dermatology. One full-time dermatopathologist with a background in soft-tissue pathology joined the department in 2012. Our residency program consists of 6 residents with 2 residents per each class year.

The resident rotation schedule incorporates balanced exposure to medical dermatology, inpatient dermatology, surgery, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and cosmetic dermatology in a stimulating and collegial environment where residents have excellent autonomy and a large patient volume. The modern, state-of-the art training facilities include the Dayton VA Medical Center, the Wright State Physician’s Medical Office Building on the university campus, and inpatient consult services at two major community hospitals.

We serve a broad patient population that presents with many uncommon dermatologic conditions. The department is a referral center for complex medical dermatology, including rare pigmentary disorders seen by a very distinguished faculty member. The chair is the only board-certified pediatric dermatologist serving the greater Dayton area.

Residents work with other talented volunteer faculty at private offices in the community. These include: four fellowship-trained dermatopathologists at a private dermatopathology lab, three fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeons, and two cosmetic dermatologists. Starting August 2013, the two chief residents will operate a monthly, resident-run cosmetic clinic, and perform a variety of cosmetic procedures.

The didactic schedule includes daily morning academic sessions, faculty and resident lectures, journal clubs, kodachrome sessions, monthly Grand Rounds, and board review sessions. There also is a comprehensive visiting lecturer program that attracts outstanding faculty speakers from institutions throughout the country to provide additional teaching opportunities for our residents.

Graduates of the residency program have started and joined successful private practices, joined academic programs and pursued advanced training in dermatopathology and procedural dermatology. WSU dermatology graduates are currently practicing successfully in virtually all areas of the country and are active leaders in multiple dermatologic organizations.

We take great pride in the success of our program, and anticipate many new exciting changes in the future.

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