Program Spotlight – The UCSF Department of Dermatology Residency Training Program

August 2011 | Volume 10 | Issue 8 | Features | 883 | Copyright © August 2011

Joanna Harp MD,a Joshua M. Schulman MD,a and Jack S. Resneck, Jr MDb

aDepartment of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA bDepartment of Dermatology, and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA


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 California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, Dermatology Residency Program. The editor of Resident Rounds is Omar A. Ibrahimi, MD, PhD. He is currently the Director of Cutaneous Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and a Mohs surgeon at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Ibrahimi is also a Visiting Scientist at the 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

The Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), was founded in the early 1960s, and has grown to include close to 40 full-time faculty members and 21 residents (Figure 1).
Fellowship training includes positions in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and procedural dermatology, as well as additional clinical and research fellowship opportunities.
The program seeks to produce graduates with exceptional clinical skills that prepare them for leadership roles in dermatology within their communities, academic departments, organized medicine, or other venues, and we prioritize mentorship and career development to help our trainees reach their goals.
Clinical training at UCSF is divided into monthly rotations split among four diverse sites, as well as a continuity clinic held each week. The residency is based at the UCSF Mount Zion campus, which houses many of the subspecialty clinics that provide residents with exposure to complex medical dermatology (Table 1).
At this campus residents also participate in a variety of multidisciplinary clinics with faculty from various specialties working together to care for patients with challenging diseases and disorders including cutaneous lymphoma and melanoma, birthmarks and vascular anomalies, and complex cutaneous tumors.
In-depth exposure to dermatopathology across all sites is a critical part of the program, and UCSF residents receive training from the most active university-based dermatopathology service on the West coast.
Hands-on experience in Mohs, cosmetic, and laser surgery from UCSF's four procedural dermatologists is another core facet of the program.
Each year, one-to-two months are spent on the pediatric dermatology service, which includes a pediatric surgery and laser clinic and an active pediatric inpatient consult service.
Residents also rotate on a dedicated, adult inpatient consult service at our UCSF university hospital that is overseen by three members of the faculty with nationally recognized expertise in the emerging subspecialty of consultative dermatology.
At San Francisco General Hospital, residents focus on caring for an underserved population, including a clinic dedicated to skin diseases in HIV-infected patients. The San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center provides residents with experience in geriatric dermatology and teledermatology, serving areas across Northern California.
The didactic curriculum at UCSF includes daily clinical and basic-science lectures given by members of the faculty, along with a monthly resident-led journal club. Departmental grand