Didactic Education

Residents have 5 to 6 hours of didactic time each week, comprised of sessions given by faculty, visiting lecturers, and residents. Didactic sessions include dermatology core curriculum lectures, dermatopathology scope sessions, grand rounds, and journal club. Didactics take place every Tuesday morning from 8am to 9am and Thursday mornings from 8am to noon.

Core Textbook-Based Curriculum

The core curriculum dermatology lectures are organized into units, following along with the Bolognia’s Dermatology textbook.  Lectures are given by faculty, residents, and visiting lecturers. At the end of every unit, there is a comprehensive review session, emphasizing high-yield information for clinical practice and board exam preparation.

Dermatopathology Scope Sessions

Every Thursday morning, there is a scope session led by a dermatopathologist.  In addition to practicing on the multi-headed scope, there are sessions that utilize virtual slides, recognizing the increasing use of virtual slides in practice, as well as on board exams.  Approximately once a month, there is a comprehensive review session of the material that had been covered in the preceding weeks, emphasizing high-yield information for clinical practice and board exam preparation.  Several times a year focused board review sessions are also conducted.

Emory Dermatology Grand Rounds

Emory Dermatology Grand Rounds occur every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.  Grand rounds usually starts with patient presentations that feature interesting or unique cases encountered in our clinics or on the consult service.  Following this there is a lecture given by individuals invited to speak from our department, the Emory/Atlanta community, or other institutions.  A rich variety of topics are selected.  Recent grand rounds presentations have included lectures on hair restoration surgery, health economics, ethical considerations in skin cancer screening, implicit bias, and case presentations from first-hand experience of practicing dermatology in the war zones of Afghanistan.  During their time in residency, each resident will also deliver 1 grand rounds presentation on a topic of their choice under the mentorship of a faculty member. 

Journal Club

Regardless of whether one pursues a future in academia or private practice, the ability to critically appraise scientific literature is essential to stay up to date on the continual advancements in dermatology.  Once a month, once faculty member and two residents lead our department in evaluating 3 articles published in the recent literature.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

The quality improvement & patient safety curriculum is incorporated into our didactics in the form of lectures focused on QI methods, morbidity & mortality conferences, and root-cause analysis workshops.  Dr. Lauren Orenstein has a particular interest in quality improvement and directs the resident QI curriculum.  Interested residents are encouraged to enroll in the Quality Improvement & Safety Residency Track.

Billing and Coding Sessions

The ability to properly bill and code for a patient encounter may be challenging but is fundamental skill to clinical practice.  Recognizing that medical coding is very dynamic, we aim to equip our residents with the foundation of coding, and residents earn first-hand experience coding their patient encounters at the VA and at Grady.  At the beginning of the academic year, Dr. Suephy Chen gives a lecture on the basics of billing and coding, and at the end of the academic year, she gives a talk on advanced billing and coding.  Every Tuesday, Dr. Chen also leads “coding rounds” with our residents rotating at the VA, reviewing cases that were billed by the residents and explaining whether they were coded to accurately reflect the documentation in the note.

Multi-Disciplinary Tumor Board Meetings and Journal Club

The Melanoma Clinic at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is a collaborative effort with faculty members from the departments of dermatology, hematology & oncology, pathology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology.  There are weekly tumor board meetings to discuss complex patient cases and monthly journal club sessions that our residents are welcome to attend.