Resident Rounds. Part I: Program Spotlight: The UCLA Division of Dermatology Residency Training Program

January 2013 | Volume 12 | Issue 1 | Features | 109 | Copyright © January 2013

Melvin W. Chiu MD MPH a,band Robert L. Modlin MDa

aDivision of Dermatology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA bDermatology Service, Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration Health Care System, Los Angeles, 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 UCLA Division of Dermatology Residency Training Program. The editor of Resident Rounds is Omar A. Ibrahimi MD PhD. He is currently the Founding and Medical Director of the Connecticut Skin Institute. Dr. Ibrahimi is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dermatology 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 Division of Dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was created in 1955. Since its inception, it has been a joint program with the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center (WLAVAMC), formerly known as the Wadsworth VA dermatology residency program. Today, the program is a combined program with 2 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education–approved tracks: a traditional 3-year clinical track and a 4-year specialty training and advanced research (STAR) track. The program currently has a total of 11 residents, 27 full-time faculty, 5 part-time faculty, and 55 volunteer faculty.
The mission of the program is to train physicians to be outstanding dermatology clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders. To assist in this regard, residents select both clinical and career mentors to provide them with guidance throughout their residency, as well as prepare them for a successful career after completion of their residency. Residents attend national meetings, participate in quality improvement projects, and complete creative scholarly research projects during their residency.
The program involves rotations at 4 sites: UCLA Westwood, UCLA Santa Monica, WLAVAMC, and Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (OVUMC). UCLA Westwood and UCLA Santa Monica are the sites of resident continuity clinics, procedure clinics (including surgical, laser, and cosmetic procedures), specialty clinics (Table 1), as well as most teaching sessions. WLAVAMC is a core
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clinical site, giving residents valuable training in medical and surgical dermatology, including Mohs micrographic surgery. OVUMC gives residents exposure to an ethnically diverse and medically underserved population.
Residents do not have a block rotation system but rather spend time at all sites throughout their residency. Residents share responsibility for inpatient consultations at associated sites and have dermatopathology sign-out sessions twice weekly. The residency curriculum integrates dermatology textbook review, didactic lectures, dermatopathology and clinical unknown ses-