Program Spotlight: The USF Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery Residency Training Program

April 2012 | Volume 11 | Issue 4 | Features | 524 | Copyright © April 2012


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 USF Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery Residency Training 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 University of South Florida (USF) Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery residency program in Tampa, Florida was founded in 1980 and trains four new residents each year (Figure 1). The focus is to educate residents in the diagnosis and management of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes in an enthusiastic and nurturing environment. Residents are exposed to diverse patient populations by rotating in a variety of clinical settings.
The new Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare is the principal outpatient clinical site and includes a dedicated Mohs unit and a phototherapy suite. Areas of focus in these clinics include contact dermatitis, skin of color, and autoimmune bullous disorders. Residents participate in Mohs surgery and are given graded responsibility, often serving as the primary surgeon for wound closures.
Our Cosmetic and Laser Center in South Tampa serves a more affluent patient population and provides the principal site for cosmetic procedural experience.
The James A. Haley Veterans Affairs clinic provides excellent surgical training thanks to the high volume of non-melanoma skin cancers seen in our region. PGY-2 residents perform excisions and linear repairs, and PGY-3 residents are the principal surgeon for surgeries on the head and neck, many of which require flaps and grafts.
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute (MCC) is a National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center. A highlight is the cutaneous T-cell lymphoma clinic jointly staffed by dermatology and hematologic oncol-
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