Residency Education

Although some flexibility is possible based on individual interests, residents who are in the three-year program generally progress through a set curriculum adopted by the Department's Core Curriculum Committee. Rotations and lecture schedules are formulated with the intent that all graduates will have an excellent background in both clinical dermatology and basic science at the end of their residency.

Three Year Program Training Outline

First Year  
Stanford Clinics 6 months
Phototherapy/CTCL-related admissions/Stanford specialty clinics 2 months
Palo Alto Veterans Hospital (VA) 2 months
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) 2 months
Second Year  
Dermatopathology 2 months
Stanford Clinics 4 months
Mohs' & Cutaneous Surgery/Stanford Clinics 2 months
SCVMC or VA 4 months
Third Year  
Dermatopathology 1 months
Stanford Clinics/Elective/Research* 4 months
Mohs' & Cutaneous Surgery/Stanford Clinics 2 months
SCVMC or VA 3 months
Consult Service 2 months

*One Month Elective Period with Faculty Approval

Patients admitted for dermatologic care include those with erythrodermic psoriasis, advanced cutaneous lymphoma, epidermolysis bullosa, and severe drug eruptions or cutaneous infections. Patients are admitted by the internal medicine service at Stanford or pediatric service at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital with daily in-depth dermatology consultation. The inpatient experience at Stanford also includes management of an active population of patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma undergoing extracorporeal photopheresis in the Ambulatory Treatment Unit. As a national center for the diagnosis, research, and treatment of epidermolysis bullosa (EB), Stanford's inpatient EB cases (both adult and pediatric) are challenging in their diversity of medical and psychosocial management issues.

An Elective Period is generally provided during the resident's final year upon approval of the dermatology Chair and Residency Director. This may be used to complement the resident's educational experience through rotations in related fields, clinical or basic science projects, or exposure to dermatologic subspecialties not emphasized in the training program.

Throughout the entire residency, residents spend one-half day each week following their own patients in a Continuity Clinic at one of the four training facilities. Faculty attend these longitudinal clinics as "consultants," available for supervision as needed depending on each resident's level of training.

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