Program Spotlight. The University of Massachusetts Medical School Dermatology Residency Program

July 2011 | Volume 10 | Issue 7 | Features | 716 | Copyright © July 2011

Sheila M. Greenlaw MD,a Mariko Yasuda MD,a Karen Wiss MDa,b

aDivision of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, UMass Memorial Healthcare, Worcester, MA bDivision of Dermatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School, UMass Memorial Healthcare, Worcester, MA


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 Massachusetts Medical School 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

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School Dermatology Residency Program celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2011. The program is based in Worcester, Massachusetts, the second-largest city in New England, in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse region.
The program has grown over the past 20 years to a full complement of nine residents working with 11 clinical attendings and two dermatopathologists (Figure 1). Fellowships are available in Mohs micrographic surgery, pediatric dermatology and dermatopathology.
The academic offices and all ambulatory facilities, excluding the V.A. clinic, are located at the Hahnemann campus, where residents spend 90 percent of their time. On-site facilities include a phototherapy suite as well as six lasers. Residents participate in a weekly rotation at the Department of Veterans Affairs Worcester Outpatient Clinic (V.A.). Inpatient consultations are performed at the two local affiliate hospitals of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Practicing at only two ambulatory sites allows our residents to maintain continuity of care for their patients, which is critical as 95 percent of clinics are “continuity clinics.” General medical, pediatric and outpatient surgery clinics are continuity clinics that continue for the three years of residency and are not on a rotational basis.
Specialty clinics, also mostly in this continuity format, include Mohs micrographic surgery, contact dermatitis, laser and cosmetic surgery, genodermatosis clinic and epidermolysis bullosa clinic. Chief residents also have the opportunity to participate in regional nail and sclerotherapy clinics.
Residents participate in clinical care for seven half-days per week, with the remainder of their time spent in educational activities. Core lectures are presented by attendings and cover major subjects in medical, pediatric, basic science, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. In addition to formal lectures, resi-