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
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 Children’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.
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The authors have not disclosed any conflicts of interest.


Randa R. Khoury