Resident Rounds Part I. Program Spotlight: University of Oklahoma Dermatology Residency Program

June 2014 | Volume 13 | Issue 6 | Features | 752 | Copyright © June 2014

Neil Crowson MD,a and Travis W. Blalock MDb

aUniversity of Oklahoma Department of Dermatology, Oklahoma City, OK
bUniversity of Oklahoma Department of Dermatology, Oklahoma City, OK

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 University of Oklahoma 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
The Department of Dermatology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center came into existence in 1916 and is quickly approaching one century of providing healthcare to the citizens of Oklahoma.1 Originally deemed the Department of Dermatology, Electrotherapy, and Radiography, the department name was changed to the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology in 1935. Subsequently, the name was shortened to the Department of Dermatology.
In 1945, a 2-year residency training program was founded. In 1958, the program was changed to a three-year residency program, and that program continues to this day educating residents in the art of dermatology. Currently, the training program is housed in a standalone dermatology building where administrative duties and most outpatient encounters occur. The residents also spend a great deal of time training and consulting on patients at Oklahoma University Medical Center, the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Regional Medical Laboratory in Tulsa, as well as other satellite campuses for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
The current residency program includes 3 residents per year for a full complement of 9 residents. At present there are five full-time faculty including two medical dermatologists, two fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons, and a fellowship-trained pediatric dermatologist. Multiple community dermatologists generously devote time each month in running resident clinics and teaching during didactic sessions, expanding resident exposure to various patient management styles. Once a month, a resident focused journal club focuses on current literature that may assist in resident education while a community practitioner focused journal club, attended by community dermatology practitioners, focuses on current literature that assists in patient care. Finally, the residents get a half-day per week to focus on didactics, morphologic presentations from interesting patients, and Grand Rounds. The residents at the University of Oklahoma have a very diverse training program with exposure to a wide array of medical and pediatric dermatology.
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