Resident Rounds. Part I. Program Spotlight: Northwestern McGaw Medical Center Dermatology Residency
November 2013 | Volume 12 | Issue 11 | Features | 1283 | Copyright © November 2013
Tracy L. Donahue MD, Julia S. Minocha MD, Lisa Y. Shen MD, Jennifer L. Sorrell MD, and Roopal V. Kundu MD
Department of Dermatology, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
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 Northwestern
McGaw Medical Center Dermatology Residency. 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 OIbrahimi@jddonline.com.
The goal of the Northwestern McGaw Medical Center
Dermatology Residency is to provide trainees with a
broad education and diverse practical exposure that
will lead to outstanding dermatological care of patients with
skin, hair, nail, or mucous membrane disease. Our department
offers a three-year residency training program with the
opportunity for a four-year (2+2) research track that combines
residency and fellowship training. We also have a combined
5-year medicine-dermatology residency program. Residents
train in general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic
surgery, dermatopathology, dermatopharmacology,
immunodermatology, phototherapy, Mohs micrographic surgery,
and laser and cosmetic procedures. Several specialty
clinics allow exposure to challenging cases.
Our learning and teaching style emphasizes:
Experiential and active learning
Close mentorship in a challenging academic and fostering environment
Progressive graded responsibility for the learner
Camaraderie and teamwork
Throughout clinical training, residents rotate through several
sites. The Northwestern Medicine clinics are currently the
home base for residents and the site of most of the didactic
conferences. Most of the Dermatology department is housed
in >27,000 sq ft of space in the Arkes Pavilion. This includes
a dedicated residents' suite with individual workstations,
computers, and phones for each resident, small and large
conference rooms, general dermatology and procedural clinic
rooms, and a comprehensive phototherapy unit. Administrative
offices of the department and the dermatopathology lab
and suite are also housed in Arkes Pavilion. Residents also
rotate through the Lurie Children’s Hospital (pediatric dermatology)
and the VA Chicago Health Care System-Westside.
The department encourages residents to acquire additional
experience in dermatological subspecialties or research after
completing the residency program. A major focus of the department
is to train future leaders in dermatology.
We believe fervently in mentorship and sponsorship for our
resident trainees in the professional and personal areas. We
hope to build strong interpersonal relationships that lead to
a happy, cohesive, professional environment conducive to
best learning and practice management.
Thank you to Amy S. Paller MD, Department Chair, for her
support and Kelly Munger, Program Coordinator, for her help
with the preparation of the manuscript.
None of the authors have a conflict of interest to disclose.