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What Does Training Look Like?

Dermatology requires a one year internship (preliminary medicine), followed by three years of residency training. Clinical fellowships are possible before residency.
 
Subspecialties

Sub-specialties include Mohs surgery (cutaneous oncology), Dermatopathology and Pediatric Dermatology.
 
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

95% of the time is spent in clinic, with 5% in hospital consultations. Typically, dermatology requires 8-10 hours per day, 4-5 days per week.

At Tulane, there are multiple clinical training sites, including VA, University Medical Center, Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, Children’s Hospital and Ochsner.

 
Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to dermatology include:
  • Visual acuity
  • Attention to detail
  • Intelligence
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Strong work ethic
 

Shadowing

If you are interested in shadowing opportunities, please contact Elizabeth Barry.
 

Research

Opportunities for students to get involved in research are available, including clinical trails, research with residents, and student-initiated studies. Please contact the department for more information:

Dr. Andrea Murina

Dr. Laura Williams

Dr. Brittany Stumpf

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

 
Specialty Interest Group

The Tulane Dermatology Interest Group, DIG, provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the field of dermatology and gives them the chance to apply their growing knowledge in a practical setting.  We sponsor lectures on the field of general dermatology and the sub-specialties within dermatology, and match panels with 4th year students and residents. We also sponsor a service learning project, SPOTS (Sun Protection Outreach Teaching to Students), in order to educate teens at local middle and high schools about the dangers of tanning, the warning signs of skin cancer, and methods for sun protection. The club provides a forum for medical students who would like to match in dermatology to meet other students, residents, and dermatologists.

2019 Officers:

President:  Christen Brown

Vice President: Alexander Jafari

Treasurer: Jeff Trojan

 
Recommended T3/T4 Coursework

It is recommended that Tulane students interested in pursuing dermatology as their specialty take dermatology rotations at the end of their third year, or beginning of the fourth year. Two week and one month rotations are available.
 
Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

Interviews for Dermatology are usually held later in the winter than other specialties.
 
Important Advice

Away rotations are important to get exposure to more dermatology faculty. Performance in clerkships is also considered.
Demonstrate well-roundedness in your activities and application.
Research in the T3 & T4 years is very important for improving your application. Poster presentations, oral presentations and journal submissions are highly encouraged.
 
How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

There are no data available to make a recommendation.