Resident Rounds. Part I. Program Spotlight: University of Cincinnati Department of Dermatology
July 2013 | Volume 12 | Issue 7 | Features | 808 | Copyright © July 2013
Randa R. Khoury MDa and Brian B. Adams MD MPHa,b
aDepartment of Dermatology, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
bDepartment of Dermatology, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
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 Cincinnati, Department of Dermatology. 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 OIbrahimi@jddonline.com.
Dr. Agustus Ravogli, regarded by many as one of the
founders of modern-day dermatology, established
The University of Cincinnati Department of Dermatology
in 1896. This rich history and long heritage shaped the
path to our current department, as we continue to learn from
the wisdom of those who practiced before us.
Today, the Department of Dermatology is composed of nine clinical
faculty members, three basic science researchers, five nurse
practitioners and physician assistants, two dermatopathology
fellows, ten residents, and several volunteer faculty members.
In the coming year, we will add a Mohs micrographic surgery fellow
as well as a pediatric dermatology fellow to our team.
At the core of the program is an emphasis on building a strong
foundation in medical dermatology. Each morning begins with
an hour-long didactic session, the content of which varies
among textbook review, kodachrome sessions, dermatopathologic
unknown slides, clinical-pathological correlation, and
faculty lectures. Residents rotate through continuity-driven outpatient
clinics as well as inpatient consults at both University
Hospital and the VA Hospital, where they have the opportunity
to develop and apply their knowledge to a complex and diverse
patient population. Additionally, medical students learn the
language and practice of dermatology by working one-on-one
with the residents over the course of the academic year, creating
an opportunity for residents to learn to teach, as well.
While the program provides exceptional training in medical
dermatology, we are also very proud of the teaching afforded
to the residents by our faculty members in dermatopathology,
pediatric dermatology, and Mohs surgery. Over the course of
their residency, residents spend four months on both dermatopathology
and Mohs surgery rotations and eight months at
Cincinnati Childrenâ€™s Medical Center. This dedicated time allows
for in-depth training in subspecialty areas of dermatology
and provides a full, rich, and well-rounded experience.
Weekly Grand Rounds, comprised of live patient viewing and
discussion and subsequent lectures from endowed visitors,
faculty members, or residents, augment our extensive academic
and clinical training. Residents prepare and present one
Grand Rounds lecture each year with a focus on the basic sciences
of clinical entities; additionally, second- year residents
present a series of quality improvement lectures.
The Department of Dermatology has constantly evolved since
its inception, reflecting the dramatic changes our specialty has
experienced during the past century. Our greatest assets are
our collaborative spirit and universal genuine passion for the
field, which motivate residents and attendings alike to strive
for excellence. This shared effort has brought about many
rewards, as residents continue to report feeling exceptionally
well prepared for life as a dermatologist.
The authors have not disclosed any conflicts of interest.