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Elective Rotations for Residents and Clinical Fellows: Resident Electives

Four-Week Session (minimum)

Course Description

The Dermatology Branch of the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute offers elective rotations to selected Dermatology residents in their 2nd or 3rd year of residency training. This rotation is intended for residents who are interested in careers in medical dermatology (especially academic medical dermatology) and emphasizes evaluation and treatment of challenging dermatologic conditions in the inpatient and outpatient consultative settings. Residents are expected to be integral participants in the multi-disciplinary management of complex medical conditions, and will work closely with many services, including infectious diseases, rheumatology, immunology, and oncology, to optimize patient care. Residents will participate in daily consultation clinics as well as bedside consultations. Patients seen by the consultation service are referred from all departments of the NIH Clinical Center, and have a broad spectrum of underlying medical and surgical problems, including many rare conditions. Major areas of emphasis include diagnosis and management of graft-versus-host disease, primary immunodeficiencies, genodermatoses, and adverse reactions to early-phase therapeutic agents.

The Dermatology resident works with the team every weekday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and approximately 5:00 p.m. Dermatology consultation clinics and specialty clinics are held daily. Inpatients will be evaluated daily as medically indicated.

Required conferences include NIH Dermatology Grand Rounds twice monthly (which the resident will lead) and Dermatology Grand Rounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. Basic science journal club is held weekly, and a clinical research journal club is held monthly. Residents also participate in dermatopathology signout twice weekly. Medical Grand Rounds and other educational opportunities are available but not required. There is no required evening or weekend duty.

Course Objectives

Foster development of expertise in the evaluation and treatment of rare dermatologic conditions

Learn how to write complete, clear and concise “Consultation Notes” regarding complicated patients

Develop an algorithm for the approach to the accurate diagnosis of adverse drug reactions

Learn about the research studies in which patients are participating in the Dermatology Branch and the NIH Clinical Research Center

Present interesting cases to the DC Dermatology community bi-weekly at NIH Grand Rounds

Selection of applicants
One Dermatology resident is scheduled at a time for a minimum of four weeks. Vacation during the rotation is strongly discouraged. To apply, interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vita as well as a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Program Director or Department Chair. Recipients of Medical Dermatology Society and Women’s Dermatology Society elective travel scholarships are welcomed.

Edward W. Cowen, MD, MHSc, Head, Dermatology Consultation Service
Heidi H. Kong, MD, MHSc, Clinical Investigator
Mark C. Udey, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator and Chief, Dermatology and Deputy Director, Center for Cancer Research
Isaac Brownell, MD, PhD, Investigator
Stephen I. Katz, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator, Dermatology Branch and Director, NIAMS
John Digiovanna, MD, Staff Clinician

Contact information:
Edward W. Cowen, MD, MHSc
Dermatology Branch, CCR, NCI
10 Center Dr, MSC 1908
Bldg 10, Rm 12N238
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301)496-4299

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