Department and Faculty
The Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic offers a full range of dermatologic care for both common and rare problems related to skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes.
Mayo Clinic has more than 44,000 dermatology outpatient visits each year. The inpatient dermatology service at Rochester Methodist Hospital cares for more than 400 patients annually. Some of these patients have unusual or complicated dermatological problems and are referred by their physicians, but many are self-referred.
The department's 25 board-certified physicians are experts in medical, surgical and pediatric dermatology. All have full-time appointments to the department.
In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, faculty members are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are well regarded in their specialized field. Residents have direct access to faculty throughout the training program.
Department of Dermatology faculty members generally have an open-door policy. Daily interaction between staff and residents is encouraged. Upon graduation, most residents are able to name several different staff members who strongly influenced their development and career choice.
To establish a framework for group mentoring and formalize the ongoing evaluation, however, each resident is assigned a faculty advisor upon entering the program. Advisors supply educational advice and personal support throughout the program. Advisors also introduce residents and their families to Mayo Clinic and to Rochester, Minn.
Residents meet with their faculty advisors two to three times each year to assess progress, review feedback, set goals and discuss research pursuits. Faculty advisors award residents their diplomas during the graduation ceremony. For some residents, the relationships established with faculty advisors continue throughout their careers.
Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during morning and noon lectures and participate in hospital rounds. Residents are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.