Resident Rounds: Part I - Program Spotlight: Western University of Health Sciences – Silver Falls Dermatology, Salem, Oregon
February 2016 | Volume 15 | Issue 2 | Features | 244 | Copyright © February 2016
Bryce L. Desmond DO and Ben M. Perry DO
Western University of Health Sciences – Silver Falls Dermatology, Salem, OR
Resident Rounds is a section of the JDD dedicated to highlighting various dermatology departments with residency training programs. Resident Rounds includes
3 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 Western University of Health Sciences. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2012, Western University of Health Science –
Silver Falls Dermatology Residency Program (WUSFD) is
one of the premier osteopathic dermatology residency
programs in the country. WUSFD is located one hour east of the
Pacific coast in the beautiful Williamette Valley in Salem, Oregon.
It is one of 31 osteopathic dermatology training programs
in the United States. WUSFD trains 6 osteopathic residents
and one procedural dermatology fellow each year. Residents
are overseen by 5 attending physicians including: an allopathic
general dermatologist, 2 osteopathic general dermatologists,
an allopathic Mohs-College trained surgeon, and an allopathic
dermatopathologist. The residents collectively see over 36,000
patients per year and participate in the majority of the 1,200
cases of Mohs surgery performed annually.
Due to a large and diverse patient population and a strong need
for dermatologists, residents are able to see rare, interesting
cases. Patients from small coastal cities, farming communities,
and large metropolitan areas are seen at any one of the 8 office
locations throughout Oregon and Washington. Clinically, a
broad training of dermatology is achieved through a diversified
array of rotations in areas of dermatological interest such
as: plastic surgery, podiatry, radiation oncology, allergy, and
dermatopathology. Experience in these areas allows residents
and the fellow to use the latest information and technology to
provide up-to-date, thoughtful, and cutting-edge care for all patients.
In addition to training excellent dermatologists, WUSFD recently
opened a procedural dermatology fellowship in 2015.
This fellowship trains one fellow per year under the tutelage
of a board-certified Mohs surgeon. Throughout their training,
residents and the fellow are trained in the performance of complicated
flaps and grafts. This allows for a host of interesting
cases and provides multiple opportunities to publish unique
papers. Experiences at WUSFD led to multiple publications last year including articles in Dermatological Surgery, Cutis,
Journal of Biomedical Research, and multiple Journal of the
American Academy of Dermatology publications.
In addition to medical and surgical dermatology, hands-on
training with botulinum toxin, fillers, microneedling, lasers,
and peels have given the residents a well-rounded experience
and allowed the patients to have more options for
With a rigorous didactic schedule and a remarkable amount of
surgical, cosmetic, and general dermatology experience, residents
from WUSFD are well poised to be competent, caring,
and surgically adept dermatologists and surgeons.
The authors have no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.