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Clinical Training
During your clinical training, you will:

  • Learn all aspects of Mohs micrographic surgery, including the excision, laboratory processing and interpretation of specimens, and the reconstruction of cutaneous defects
  • Gain hands-on experience and competency with cutaneous oncology - basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, as well as other skin malignancies
  • Become proficient in a wide range of reconstructive techniques, laser procedures and cosmetic procedures for patients with skin disease or scarring, as well as those who seek cosmetic improvements
  • Enhance your consultation and follow-up techniques with patients

Didactic Training
In addition to participating in weekly conferences, the dermatologic surgery journal club and national meetings, you will complete other required didactic training:

  • Courses in biostatistics applicable to clinical medicine
  • A formal head and neck dissection course
  • General dermatology and dermatopathology conferences
  • Participate and conduct conferences in dermatologic surgery

As part of your teaching responsibilities, you will direct dermatology residents in basic dermatologic surgery, including simple excisions, small flaps and grafts and laser surgery.

During this fellowship you will design and conduct a research project in cooperation with the program director or another staff member in the Division of Dermatologic Surgery. You will have access to records and pathology data from previous cases, as well as the teaching collection in dermatopathology.

Call Frequency
Your call schedule will vary by individual rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Teaching Opportunities
You will have the opportunity to teach Mayo Medical School students and visiting students from other medical schools through bedside instruction and formal didactic lectures.

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your graduate training in dermatology. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty members every three months. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

Career Development
You will meet periodically with various faculty members, administrators and the program director to discuss your professional goals. Mayo Clinic recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs. Thus, when you successfully complete the Surgical Dermatology Fellowship, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.

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  • ART833252