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Mission Statement Back to top
 
 
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Medical Education Program (UPMCMEP) in Dermatology is committed to providing excellent patient care while educating resident physicians in the clinical and basic science aspects of dermatology. The educational focus is to train physicians to be experts in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes in an enthusiastic and nurturing environment. In addition, the program emphasizes mastering core competencies in patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice as set forth by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. The program will remain in accordance with and follow the guidelines designed to determine the adequacy of clinical training of residents and to assure satisfaction of eligibility requirements for certification mandated by the American Board of Dermatology. The faculty and staff of the UPMCMEP in Dermatology are dedicated to accomplish this mission.
 
 
Clinical Experience Back to top
 
 
Residents develop expertise in diagnosis and management of all dermatologic conditions through rotations that take place throughout the University Health Centers and affiliated institutions. We have an abundance of clinical resources in all areas of dermatology including: General Dermatology / Pediatric Dermatology / Dermatopathology / Mohs Surgery / General Dermatologic Surgery / Cosmetic Dermatology / Dermatologic Oncology including Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma; and Specialty clinics including: Wound-Healing Clinic / Pigmented Lesion Clinic / Scleroderma Clinic / Lupus Clinic.

Every resident receives didactic and clinical instruction throughout the residency program. In addition to clinical precepting, clinical faculty share their expertise with residents through resident rotations, grand rounds and various lectures. Each resident has a continuity clinic that extends through all three years of residency. It is designed to provide residents with a patient base that they manage throughout the residency program. Didactic educational opportunities within the program include Grand Rounds, Pittsburgh Academy of Dermatology, Nationally respected guest lecturers, and weekly integrated academic curriculum reviewing clinical, basic science, pharmacy and therapeutics as well as dermatopathologic aspects of dermatology.
 
 
Curriculum - Overview Back to top
 
 
The education of the residents in the UPMCMEP in Dermatology Residency Program is an integrated, comprehensive, and dynamic process. The program is designed to emphasize clinical competency, a vast breadth of knowledge regarding all aspects of the practice of dermatology and resident initiated research.
 
 
Curriculum - Didactic Series Back to top
 
 
The knowledge acquired through clinical practice is augmented through the didactic portion of the residents’ learning experience. The didactic experience includes several regularly scheduled lectures and conferences. As one part of this didactic experience, the program has designated every Wednesday morning as protected academic time. Residents are free from all clinical and administrative duties during this 4 to 5 hour session. The didactic lecture series integrates clinical dermatology, basic science, pharmacology and therapeutics, surgery and dermatopathology. Both faculty and residents participate in the development and teaching of didactic sessions. Supplementing these didactic sessions are a weekly Dermatopathology conference, and the alternating University of Pittsburgh Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds and the Pittsburgh Academy of Dermatology meetings.

Along with patient discussions and formal lectures provided by experts from the local dermatology community, nationally recognized dermatology experts are invited as guest lecturers several times a year. In addition, residents attend the Annual Indiana University Department of Dermatology Basic Science Course, West Virginia University Dermatology Grand Rounds, Annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting and the Society for Investigational Dermatology meeting.
 
 
Curriculum - Clinical Experience Back to top
 
 

The clinical experience encountered in the UPMCMEP in Dermatology exposes residents to the full spectrum of clinical settings and disease processes encountered in the practice of dermatology. Residents are afforded a sound foundation for clinical skills and practice management through both attending private general dermatology clinics as well as the resident continuity clinics with precepting attending. These intensive clinical settings allow for a mastery of patient care, communication skills, system based practice and professionalism. In addition to the practice of general dermatology, there are also a wide range of specialty clinics within the University practice which provide concentrated exposure to specific disease processes or patient populations which often represent a minority in general dermatologic practice. Current specialty clinics include pediatric dermatology, cutaneous oncology, procedural dermatology, contact dermatitis and psoriasis clinics. The UPMCMEP in Dermatology expands the residents’ clinical environs to include university-based, VA hospital based and private practice settings.
 
 
Investigative Fellowship Back to top
 
 
The Department of Dermatology has established a combined investigative/academic residency-training track within the traditional residency program. This program is a unique endeavor in dermatology, and is designed to train future academic dermatologists by providing training in clinical dermatology combined with focused fellowship training in a translational, basic science, epidemiologic, or educational area of interest.

The investigative/academic program is a two plus two program – four years of training subsequent to completion of a PGY1. Specifically, it includes two years of clinical dermatology training that is 100% clinical (PGY 2 and 3), followed by two additional years of research fellowship training (PGY 4 and 5) which includes one and a half days a week of clinical experience, including continuity clinic and ongoing participation in clinical rounds, conferences, and didactic sessions of the clinical residency.

The Department of Dermatology's unique strengths in clinical and basic research present diverse opportunities for qualified trainees to pursue their research interests and further their development as academic dermatologists.
 
 
Application Information Back to top
 
 
Candidates who wish to apply for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Education Program / Residency Training Program that begins in July of 2014 must apply before October 31, 2012. Applications must be submitted through ERAS and the National Resident Matching Program.

Anticipated interview dates are December 2012 and January 2013.

 
Contact Information
Deb Ackerman
Academic Coordinator
412-647-4279
ackermand@upmc.edu
Presby South Tower - Suite 3880,  200 Lothrop St.,  Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
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  • ERAS
  • National Residency Matching Program
  • UPMC Graduate Medical Education Office
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