Education/Didactics

The residents participate in daily morning didactic sessions and have one afternoon per week dedicated to didactics, with a total of approximately 8 didactic sessions per week.

  • Morning Report
    The residents participate in a weekly morning report with the program director, during which, challenging inpatient and outpatient are discussed, with a focus on diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic modalities. Additionally, there is a weekly morning report with the director of the inpatient consultation service where there is a discussion of inpatient cases, focusing on description, morphology and differential diagnosis.
  • Super Surgical Tuesdays
    Once monthly, the residents have protected time dedicated to the surgical curriculum including education regarding excisions, flaps and grafts, lasers, resurfacing procedures, hair transplantations, neurotoxins, fillers, chemical peels, and nail procedures. During these sessions, the residents are given a lecture with the attendings and procedural fellow, followed by a hands-on session with live patients, in the cadaver lab, or with synthetic simulation models.
  • Book Review and Basic Science
    A weekly book review lecture, designed to be interactive, allows residents to review the fundamental concepts of dermatologic diseases based on textbooks, clinical pearls and recent literature. These sessions are designed to provide a core curriculum to ensure the residents are exposed to the wide range of dermatology in a systematic approach. Through the basic science lecture series, the residents are encouraged to learn the basic fundamentals including structure of the skin and molecular pathways and understand how this translates to clinical practice, with a focus on the latest research and scientific concepts.
  • Faculty Lectures
    Faculty lectures supplement the book review curriculum based on their clinical interests and expertise. Board-review lectures are offered to help residents prepare for the dermatology board certification exam. 36 faculty lectures were given as part of the resident curriculum in 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Journal Club
    Residents meet twice monthly for journal club to review articles from major dermatology journals with an emphasis on understanding evidence-based medicine. An attending is present to help foster and facilitate discussion and encourage critical thinking.
  • Kodachromes
    The residents participate in Kodachrome sessions during which time there is a focus on visual recognition, description, morphology and differential diagnoses.
  • Dermatopathology and Clinical Pathological Correlation Conference
    The residents meet with the dermatopathology attendings at the microscope for a weekly dermatopathology conference focused on a specific topic, so the residents can prepare in advance. Additionally, the residents have a weekly clinical pathological correlation conference with the fellow or attending, designed to focus on interesting cases from the prior week or on board-relevant diagnoses.
  • Local Conferences
    Residents attend monthly meetings for the Dermatologic Society of Greater New York and the New York Academy of Medicine’s Section of Dermatology. First year residents are required to attend the Annual Dermoscopy Intermediate Course at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.