The Duke Dermatology Residency Training Program

September 2012 | Volume 11 | Issue 9 | Original Article | 1115 | Copyright © September 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 Duke Dermatology 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
Duke Dermatology is a leader in advanced treatment of skin disease. The first Chief of Duke Dermatology was Dr. J. Lamar Callaway, a founding member of the Society of Investigative Dermatology. His philosophy of teaching, investigating and caring is an integral part of the program today. The mission of the program is to train residents to become excellent clinicians and to develop the next generation of leaders in academic and clinical dermatology. The program consists of 10 residents, and our core clinical sites are Duke University Hospital, the Duke Clinics, Duke Dermatology Patterson Place, and the Durham VA Medical Center (Figure 1).
Duke is a leading tertiary care center in the Southeast and also provides local primary care, giving residents exposure to the most obscure and common dermatologic conditions. The dermatology faculty have a breadth of clinical interests (Table 1). In addition, the Dermatopharmacology Study Center is a specialty unit that supports clinical research.
First year residents focus on general dermatology and have bi-monthly clinics at the Lincoln Health Center, providing care to an underserved population. Second and third year residents have a more diverse schedule, including general clinics and consults, and rotate in the Duke University Student Health Clinic. Third year residents have a specialty continuity clinic that they design with a faculty mentor. All residents participate in a weekly continuity clinic and follow their patient panel over their residency. A total of 4 months are spent in Dermatopathology. Residents also have at least one month of Pediatric Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery yearly. Residents sponsor regular case conferences, and local dermatologists and residents attend. A special feature of the program is the opportunity to participate in electives as second and third year residents.
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