Resident Rounds: Part I - Program Spotlight: New York Medical College Dermatology Residency Program, New York, NY
June 2016 | Volume 15 | Issue 6 | Features | 784 | Copyright © June 2016
Nikoo Cheraghi MD and Bijan Safai MD
New York Medical College, Department of Dermatology, New York, NY
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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
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Located in the upper east side of Manhattan, the New York
Medical College dermatology residency program has
grown over the last 3 decades to include 10 residents
working with 10 clinical attending physicians. The program has
been enthusiastically led by chairman and program director, Dr.
Bijan Safai, for the last 22 years.
With 4 clinic sites distributed in Manhattan and Brooklyn, our
residents are exposed to a large and diverse patient population
that includes all different skin types and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Residents see over 21,000 patients a year. Our faculty
is composed of 6 general dermatologists, 2 fellowship-trained
pediatric dermatologists, one fellowship-trained Mohs and
cosmetic dermatologic surgeon, and one fellowship-trained
A highlight of our program is that the residents receive extensive
hands-on training in general and pediatric dermatology
in their continuity clinics. As the primary dermatologist with
attending oversight, the residents are very well prepared for
the transition to attending physician at the end of their residency.
As the primary surgeons, the residents are also very
well trained in surgical and cosmetic dermatology, including
exposure to various lasers, botulinum toxins, fillers, chemical
peels, sclerotherapy, ear lobe repairs, and blepharoplasties.
Once-weekly dermatopathology sessions allow residents to
review all of the biopsies of the previous week for excellent
clinical-pathological correlation, and also to receive critical
teaching sessions on various dermatopathology topics.
Moreover, in-patient consultations allow for exposure to
complex and critical dermatological conditions.
Once-weekly didactic sessions are composed of attending
and resident lectures, a journal club, and kodachrome sessions.
With this rigorous schedule and training, our residents
graduate to being experienced, exceptional, and compassionate
dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons.
The authors have no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
Nikoo Cheraghi MD