Tulane Universityâ€™s Department of Dermatology has excelled in preparing physicians for their future careers in clinical dermatology through a balanced education of medical, procedural, and cosmetic dermatology. Our program currently is composed of 12 dermatology residents, 1 research fellow, 1 dermatopathology fellow, 6 full-time academic faculty members, and 20 clinical faculty with specialties in the fields of medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, immunodermatology, photodermatology, dermatologic surgery (aesthetic and micrographic), and cosmetic dermatology.
More than 12,000 patients receive care annually in our 5 clinical facilities, located in New Orleans and Covington, LA, and Biloxi, MS. The Biloxi location is a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. As we serve a diverse patient population frequently presenting with severe or unusual dermatologic conditions, our program offers a variety of specialized treatments such as extracorporeal photopheresis, which is only available in approximately 100 locations within the United States, as well as a phototherapy unit and laser treatments.
Starting in the first year of residency, residents have a significant degree of responsibility in patient care. First-year residents in various clinics formulate their own treatment plans under the supervision of the attending dermatologist. As residents gain experience and proficiency, they are given the primary responsibility of diagnosing and treating patients; faculty are available for consultation and assistance. Upper-level residents actively participate in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, Mohs micrographic surgery, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma clinic rotations. All residents rotate through a weekly, resident-run cosmetic clinic, learning and performing procedures such as liposuction/lipocontouring, filler and neurotoxin injections, and sclerotherapy. Residents are exposed to hair transplantation in one of our clinical facultyâ€™s clinics.
To balance this clinical experience with didactic learning, Fridays are devoted to academic resident education. Residents lead weekly discussions of textbook chapters, with faculty present for additional clinical insight. Faculty and guest lecturers provide
in-depth discussions on specific topics, such as cutaneous electrosurgery or a systematic approach to inflammatory diseases. There are several dermatopathology lectures as well as clinical slide interpretation with different dermatopathology faculty and fellows leading these sessions. Other educational highlights include frequent journal clubs, weekly Kodachrome grand rounds, regular attendance to local dermatology meetings, and required formation and completion of an independent clinical investigation before graduating from the program.
We take great pride in our residents. We value their input, and they contribute greatly to the success of our program. Working closely together in patient care, the residents and faculty become a family of sorts sharing one anotherâ€™s accomplishments and challenges. The overall goal of Tulane Universityâ€™s Dermatology Training Program is to foster residentsâ€™ development into dermatologists who are competent in the management of complex diseases, compassionate to those in need, and prepared for a clinical or academic career.
The authors have no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
Address for Correspondence
Erin E. Boh MD PhDeboh@tulane.edu