Education

Fulfilling our specialty's obligation to serve the long-term interests of patients with skin disease, the Department of Dermatology provides many educational programs.

Dermatology Electives: The department offers introductory electives in dermatology to 1st year medical students, then provides an intensive dermatology course to the 2nd year class. Clinical electives are available to 3rd and 4th year medical students, and research electives are available to all students. Several programs include: under-graduate preceptorships, medical student teaching, the dermatology residency and physician-investigator program, post-doctoral research training, dermatology rotations, and lectures for primary care physicians and other specialties involved in the treatment of skin disease, and continuing medical education for certified physicians who have completed training.

Residency Training Program: The Allopathic Division of the Dermatology Residency Training Program sponsored by University Hospitals of Cleveland, in conjunction with MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland VA Medical Center, is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and participates in the Matching Program. The Osteopathic Division of the Residency Training Program is sponsored by University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, based at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). rBecause of the breadth of the department, residents in dermatology gain experience in all aspects of the discipline, including the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease, dermatological surgery, and dermatopathology. The goal of the program is to provide an intellectually stimulating environment, preparing an individual for top level private practice, subspecialty clinical fellowships, and junior level faculty positions.

Mentorship Oppportunities: The department faculty offer a spectrum of career mentorship opportunities, including basic science, clinical specialties, and clinic research opportunities. All house officers are encouraged to develop an area of special interest in a clinical area in basic science or in clinical research during their training, and to exploit the depth of expertise of our faculty through one-on-one interactions on projects, activities, or publications.

Training Programs for Academic Careers: The department has an NIH-funded training program in investigative and molecular dermatology. The major objective of this program is to provide developing PhD and MD/DO investigators with opportunities for state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research training in investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology. Resident PhD and MD/DO physicians can enter a special (extended) residency track in which they pursue both dermatology residency and cutaneous biology research training; in special circumstances, this program can be arranged such that the trainee matriculates for the PhD or the MPH degree in the course of this combined training period. Another training opportunity is in Translational Oncology. This NIH-awarded training grant has four components; one of which is cutaneous oncology. Residents in the four-year track, or junior faculty who have just completed residency can become a post-doctoral fellow in this program. Training can include basic science with clinical applications, clinical trials, epidemiology or cancer outcomes, cancer diagnostics or therapeutic development.

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