The Tulane Dermatology Program operates at five clinical facilities, providing exposure to a great diversity of clinical illnesses and patient populations. The resident sees a diversity of severity and types of diseases, but also because he or she learns to care for a diversity of diseases and people. Being able to work well in diverse clinical environments allows one to be a compassionate and confident.
This section contains the details of our residency program. We present the core curriculum, "our didactics" which are held every Friday. Over the 3 year span of the residency, our residents develop expertise and confidence in all aspects of Dermatology. Our approach to education allows us to devote concentrated periods of time to didactics without interfering with the clinic activity. Look at the curriculum section for more detailed description of the curriculum.Read More
There are resident run clinics at the VA and MCLNO, private practice clinics at Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Ochsner and Children's Hospital. The diverse and busy clinics afford the opportunity to do surgery- aesthetic, cosmetic, Moh's surgery- medical dermatology, pediatric and geriatric dermatology.
We feel this approach allows the resident to integrate and synthesize the information and then apply the information to the clinic setting.
The Dermatology resident training program at Tulane draws from a long history at one of the top medical institutions in the country. The program excels in preparing physicians for a career in clinical dermatology, providing a balance of medical, procedural and cosmetic dermatology. Due to the unique diversity of our patients and clinics, residents gain unequaled experience in diagnosing and treating both common and rare dermatologic disease.
The primary clinic is in the Tulane University Medical Center (TUMC). Connected with the hospital, this is also the source of most of our in-patient consultations. Additional Tulane clinics are located in Covington, Louisiana. At the Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans (MCLNO) residents, supervised by an attending dermatologist, have primary responsibility for the care of the patients. Tulane Dermatology residents also rotate through the Ochsner Hospital and Clinics in New Orleans and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Beginning in their first year, residents are given a great deal of responsibility in the care of patients. We believe that this facilitates independence and development of confidence, both in medical and procedural dermatology. In the clinics located at MCLNO and the VA, residents are given primary responsibility for seeing patients and providing treatment. Faculty is available in the clinics for consultation and to provide assistance. In the other clinics, residents see the patients and discuss them with faculty. Depending on their level of competence they will then complete the care of the patient including performing procedures.
There is a weekly cosmetic clinic run by the residents and providing them experience in fillers, neuromuscular blocking agents, chemical peels, sclerotherapy, and laser procedures. In addition to the full-time academic faculty, residents also gain experience from nationally renowned procedural dermatologists in the community. For more information or to request an appointment for this clinic, please call 504-988-2740.
Upper-level residents participate in rotations in Mohs surgery, dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology and a cutaneous T-cell lymphoma clinic. These varied rotations provide a diversity of patient populations, a very broad spectrum of clinical disease, and exposure to numerous clinical faculty and their different approaches to the treatment of dermatologic disease.
In addition to an exceptional clinical experience, Tulane Dermatology provides residents with a strong didactic program. Fridays are devoted exclusively to education in sessions that include medical students as well as residents. Both residents and faculty provide presentations. Medical students rotating in dermatology are required to present an interesting patient encountered during their rotation and discuss the condition and treatment. Weekly Grand Rounds feature clinical and histologic images of interesting patients presented for discussion of the differential diagnosis and therapeutic alternatives. Each year a different general dermatology textbook is reviewed. The major dermatology journals are reviewed on a rotating schedule. Dermatopathology is taught by lectures and slide reviews, and is overseen by a dermatopathologist and dermatopathology fellow. Didactics are structured to provide residents an advanced understanding of dermatologic disease, with additional focus on preparation for the in-service and dermatology board examinations.
During the first year, each resident is required to complete a library research project. In addition, development of a clinical or basic science research project during the second year with presentation during the third year is expected. The areas of basic science or clinical research are extremely broad because of the extensive and varied interest of the full time and adjunct faculty. At the completion of the three-year residency, each resident is well prepared for certification, clinical practice, and if desired, pursuit of an academic career.
We highly recommend that applicants to our residency program consider Tulane’s Internal Medicine program for their preliminary year. The Department of Medicine interns, residents and faculty often work closely together with Dermatology on difficult cases. The Internal Medicine department has a four plus one schedule; this means that PGY1s who have matched into dermatology rotate in the Tulane Dermatology clinic every 5th week, in lieu of their continuity clinic. This allows our interns to work regularly with the Dermatology faculty and residents. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to begin integrating into the dermatology clinic setting. Additionally, this internship year will get you familiar with the various electronic medical records used at the different hospitals and clinics. This will give you a smooth transition into your residency. Please take a good look at the Tulane Internal Medicine program. We think you will like what you find.