The goals of the Department of Dermatology are education, patient care and research. Educational objectives focus on the full spectrum of dermatologic disease, in addition to emphasizing the importance of cutaneous signs of internal disease and surgical experience, including Mohs and cosmetic/aesthetic procedural dermatology.
Residents and students participate in the ambulatory and hospital care of patients at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic and University Medical Center, both situated in the medical district of downtown New Orleans. Residents also have weekly clinics at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Biloxi, MS. Faculty members staff the resident run clinics at University Medical Center and The VA Hospital. In these settings, residents provide primary dermatologic care for large numbers of patients under the direct supervision of faculty. The diverse patient populations, with a wide spectrum of disease types, provide ample educational opportunities to residents and students. Residents also rotate through Ochsner Clinic Foundation and Children's Hospital, two large private-practice based hospital groups in the Greater New Orleans area. Residents work closely with faculty on a one-on-one basis in these clinics.
In addition to clinical work, the resident and students take part in a regular, and fairly vigorous, didactic teaching schedule. Didactics are structured such that all our conferences, textbook review, and journal clubs are held on Fridays. Additionally, dermatopathology correlation conference is held on Fridays, wherein we review clinic patients’ biopsy results.
Areas of clinical research within the department reflect the many sub-specialties of dermatology. These areas of interest to faculty members include immunodermatology, tumor immunology, wound healing, clinical pharmacology, photobiology and mycology. This provides a backdrop for clinical research. There are a variety of clinical research studies performed in the department in conjunction with various pharmaceutical companies, and residents may participate in national trials, collaborating with faculty.
Our faculty include full time academic faculty who have specialty areas of interest such as psoriasis and lymphomas, graft vs host disease and other medical dermatologic entities.