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Curriculum

Rotation schedule

See the curriculum for the Transitional Year Residency (PGY-1).

This is a typical Dermatology Residency rotation schedule:

PGY-2
Rotation Length
Outpatient dermatology 4 months
Dermatopathology 1 month
General dermatologic surgery (includes excisions, lasers, Mohs and other procedures) 2 months; 3-4 half-days a week
Optional elective in inpatient dermatology (Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota) 1 month
Phoenix Children's Hospital 2 months; average 3 days a week
Maricopa Medical Center 2 months; average 1 day a week
PGY-3
Rotation Length
Outpatient dermatology 4 months
Dermatopathology 1 month
General dermatology surgery (includes excisions, lasers, Mohs and other procedures) 2 months; 3-4 half-days a week
Phoenix Children's Hospital 2 months; average 3 days a week
Maricopa Medical Center 2 months; average 1 day a week
Elective rotation 1 month
PGY-4
Rotation Length
Outpatient dermatology 4 months
Dermatopathology 1 month
General dermatology surgery (includes excisions, lasers, Mohs and other procedures) 2 months; 3-4 half-days a week
Phoenix Children's Hospital 2 months; average 3 days a week
Maricopa Medical Center 2 months; average 1 day a week
Elective rotation 1 month

Throughout the three-year Dermatology Residency, residents have two half-days a week for academic time. Monday morning consists of three hours of conferences, and Friday morning consists of a one-hour clinical conference led by the chief residents and a two-hour dermatopathology conference led by the dermatopathology faculty at the multiheaded microscope. The remaining time may be spent reading, studying and working on academic projects.

Rotation descriptions

PGY-2 (first year)

During the PGY-2 year, most of the residents' clinical time is spent in the Dermatology Outpatient Clinic with close supervision by the faculty.

A one-month optional elective rotation is available on the Dermatology Inpatient Service at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. While on this inpatient service, residents care for an average of four inpatients as well as phototherapy day-care patients. Due to the size of its referral practice, the inpatient service in Rochester provides a unique experience. Residents care for patients with serious, acute and chronic skin diseases. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in the Psoriasis Day Care Center and spend time in the immunodermatology laboratory. Mayo funds the costs of travel, housing, car rental and licensure fees for rotations to other Mayo campuses.

In this year and all subsequent years of training, residents spend two months at Phoenix Children's Hospital for training in outpatient pediatric dermatology and two months at Maricopa Medical Center in the Dermatology Clinic. These rotations greatly expand the diversity of patients encountered during the Dermatology Residency.

In this year, residents spend one month in dermatopathology.

Residents also spend two months on an outpatient dermatology surgery rotation with exposure to a variety of surgical procedures. Residents gain proficiency in the performance of excisional surgeries and laser procedures and are exposed to Mohs surgery and cosmetic procedures.

PGY-3 and PGY-4 (second and third years)

In the second and third years, residents continue to have rotations in outpatient dermatology, dermatology surgery, dermatopathology, Phoenix Children's Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center as described above for the first year. Resident responsibilities progressively increase throughout the three-year training period. In addition, residents also have one month of elective time in each of these two years.

Electives

Residents have elective rotations for one month in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years. Electives may include but are not limited to dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology, surgical dermatology, outpatient clinical experiences, and clinical or translational research. Elective opportunities are available at all Mayo Clinic campuses or at other approved institutions.

Residents may apply for a scholarship from Mayo Clinic to spend a one-month elective overseas at an approved institution. A number of residents from our residency have obtained scholarships to spend a one-month elective at an outpatient dermatology clinic in Tanzania. Elective time enhances the diversity of residents' educational experiences and allows residents to focus on special areas of interest.

Conferences

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal club and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the Dermatology Residency.

This is a typical conference schedule:

Monday (morning)

  • Weekly — annual courses (pharmacology, oral dermatology, other topics)
  • Bimonthly — Dermatopathology Conference (Arizona, Rochester, Florida)
  • Weekly — General Core Curriculum Conference (Arizona, Rochester, Florida)
  • Monthly — Dermatologic Surgery Journal Club Conference (Arizona, Rochester, Florida)
  • Weekly — Show-and-Tell Conferences (clinical photograph conferences)
  • Three times monthly — journal club in general dermatology

Tuesday

  • Monthly — Surgery Core Curriculum (Arizona, Rochester, Florida)

Wednesday

  • Weekly — Clinical Grand Rounds
  • Twice monthly — Pediatric Dermatology Core Curriculum

Thursday

  • No conferences

Friday

  • Weekly — Chief Resident Review Conference
  • Guest lecturer or Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Visiting professor lectures (approximately twice a year)
  • Weekly — Dermatopathology Core Curriculum (teaching session at microscope)

Research training

Research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding, and residents are encouraged to participate in research projects with the faculty.

Residents may participate in clinical-pathological correlative studies, clinical reports, dermatopathology projects, translational research or other projects. Residents are also encouraged to submit abstracts for presentations at national meetings and are expected to submit at least one case report or scientific study for publication during the three-year residency training period.

Academic trips

During the three-year period of dermatology training, Mayo Clinic sponsors residents to attend four scientific meetings (three local meetings and one national meeting) for attendance only. In addition, residents currently may present at up to six additional national or local meetings (up to two each year) by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster at the meeting. Overall, residents have an opportunity to participate in or attend several meetings during the three-year period.

Call frequency

Call (from home) is rotated on a weekly basis among the residents. Call frequency is approximately every six weeks. An on-call faculty member is available at all times for consultation and assistance. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Teaching opportunities

Residents have opportunities to teach Mayo Medical School students and visiting students from other medical schools through bedside instruction and formal didactic lectures.

Evaluation

To ensure the acquisition of advanced knowledge and technical skills, each resident's performance is monitored carefully during the course of training. Residents are evaluated formally by supervising faculty members in accordance with ACGME guidelines. In addition, residents regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that their educational needs are being met.

Career development

Residents meet periodically with assigned faculty advisers (mentors) and the program director to discuss career goals. Mayo Clinic recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs, so upon successful completion of the Dermatology Residency, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.

The dermatology faculty is deeply committed to providing residents with superb training to begin a successful career in academic medicine or clinical practice.

  • Oct 10, 2014
  • ART607640