Residency Program Overview
The Emory Dermatology Residency Training Program focuses on training physicians who aspire to become local, regional, or international leaders in in the field of dermatology. We seek to identify, support, and develop residents to serve their patients, the house of medicine, and the field of dermatology to the best of their abilities. Here, our trainees will find an unparalleled combination of diverse clinical training sites, expert clinical faculty, and active clinical, translational, and basic science research.
Emory University is based in Atlanta, at the heart of a metropolitan area of nearly 6 million people. Our program is a part of the Emory University School of Medicine, a leading academic medical center in the Southeast. Within Atlanta are our 5 clinical training sites all located within 10 miles of each other – Emory University Hospital and the Emory Clinic (tertiary referral university hospital and its associated outpatient clinic), Emory University Hospital Midtown (extension of the university hospital centered in downtown Atlanta), Grady Memorial Hospital (the state’s largest public hospital that serves as one of the biggest safety net health systems in the United States), the Atlanta Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center (the largest VA medical center in the state of Georgia), and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (a dedicated children’s hospital). Additionally, at both the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Emory Midtown Hospital, residents participate in teledermatology in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. These sites and teledermatology comprise a wide variety of care delivery models, patient populations, and clinical exposure each with unique training opportunities.
Rotations are one month in duration. During 1st year, most of the rotations are based in outpatient clinics, rotating through the Emory Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, in addition to rotating through teledermatology at the VA. In the second half of the year, each 1st year resident spends 1 month on the inpatient consult service at the Emory University Hospital. During 2nd year, residents spend approximately 1/3 of their rotations on an inpatient consult service and 2/3 of the time in the outpatient setting, rotating through Emory, Grady, the VA, and also Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. During 3rd year, residents continue to rotate through the outpatient clinics at Grady and the VA, but also participate in 2 months of dedicated surgery rotations, 2 months of dedicated dermatopathology rotations, and 2 months of inpatient teledermatology consult service at Emory Midtown.
Residents each participate in about 3 weeks of on call duties per year. Our 1st year residents do not start to take call until the second half of the 1st year.
Resident Continuity Clinic
Many conditions in dermatology are chronic and require regular follow-up for monitoring disease activity and tailoring management. Recognizing that following patients over time enhances the learning of our trainees, our program offers Resident Continuity Clinics for each resident at one of our primary training sites: Emory Clinic, Grady, and the VA. Continuity clinics take place every Monday morning. See Clinical Education for more information.
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. Please see Didactic Education for more details.
At an institution level, Emory University received $734 million in funding in fiscal year 2018. The Emory University School of Medicine ranks among the top 20 institutions in NIH funding, with currently over 1,100+ clinical trials being conducted.
Many of our dermatology faculty members are actively engaged in clinical, translational, and basic science research with ongoing external funding. Active research labs include ones focused on outcomes research, pruritus, oncogenic signal transduction, development of small molecules as anti-angiogenic and anti-tumor therapies, regulation of cell adhesion molecules, and examination of natural compounds in modulating bacterial quorum sensing and biofilm production. Faculty research interests include autoimmune blistering disorders, biomedical ethics, CTCL, dermatologic care of the LGBTQ population, hidradenitis suppurativa, global health dermatology, HIV dermatology, immunotherapy, Merkel cell carcinoma, teledermatology, and more.
Resident Scholarly Projects
Our residents are encouraged to develop a spirit of inquisitive thinking, innovation, and passion for lifelong learning through engagement in investigative dermatology. All residents are required to participate in a scholarly project which is focused on a clinical, basic science, or quality improvement topic of the resident’s choosing, working closely with a faculty mentor. Residents can tailor their projects based on their career interests and goals. Dr. Howa Yeung is the director of resident research and oversees the resident projects in conjunction with the research faculty. Each year, our residents share their progress and results at the Emory Dermatology Resident Research Day, which allows for constructive feedback and ideas for collaboration. At the conclusion of the projects, residents submit their research findings for presentation at local, regional, national, or international conferences or for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Our department features 27 core faculty members. In addition to the core faculty, there are over 20 adjunct faculty who give lectures, lead dermatopathology scope sessions, serve as volunteer faculty in medical dermatology and procedural clinics, and host sessions focusing on cosmetic procedures. Faculty members’ expertise includes but is not limited to bullous disorders, pigmented lesions, hair disorders, procedural dermatology, skin of color, LGBTQ health, cutaneous oncology, hidradenitis suppurativa, complex medical dermatology, contact dermatitis, and pediatric dermatology.
Faculty members are actively engaged in service and leadership in local, regional, national and international organizations. For example, several faculty members have served or are currently serving as President, Vice-President, or members of the board of directors of the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID). Faculty members hold editorial board positions at major journals such as the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD). Many faculty members are active members or chairs of committees and task forces at the American Academy of Dermatology and other local, regional, national and international organizations.
Many faculty members are active researchers. Faculty research interests vary from bullous disorders to health disparities to pruritus to hidradenitis suppurativa to quantifying the burden of skin disease/ quality of life and economic burden to cell adhesion to ethnobotany to oncogenic signal transduction to development of small molecules as anti-angiogenic and anti-tumor therapies and more.
The large, diverse faculty with a breadth of interests and expertise is one of our program strengths. Faculty are committed to creating an environment for inquiry and sharing their passions and expertise with residents in the realms of clinical education, didactic education, and mentorship.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Emory School of Medicine, Emory Healthcare, and the Department of Dermatology are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We understand that diversity of all types leads to better patient care and resident education. By prioritizing these goals, we aim to deliver the highest quality care to patients from all backgrounds and walks of life at Emory, Grady Memorial Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. To this end, we aim to train residents and hire faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds, with unique ideas and passions, and to create a training environment that allows every resident to thrive. The Department of Dermatology seeks out community engagement opportunities and participates in ongoing research projects to address the impacts of cultural competency, health disparities, and skin of color. Dr. Loren Krueger serves as the department’s diversity, equity and inclusion lead and chair of the diversity committee.
Resident Travel, Academic Time, and More
Residents at Emory are part of a patient care team which provides excellent patient care in busy clinical settings. Amongst the patient care activities, residents are allotted on average 1 academic half-day per week (in addition to the dedicated Thursday morning didactics). These academic half-days allow for pursuit of academic endeavors outside of clinic and promote resident wellness. Many residents use this time to work on their research projects or to spend time exploring their individual interests in clinics inside and outside of Emory dermatology in specialized areas of general dermatology, procedural dermatology, dermatopathology, or pediatric dermatology.
Residents received an annual allotment of educational monies to help offset the cost of books, dermatoscopes, and travel to academic conferences. There is departmental monetary support to allow for membership to several dermatologic societies and board review resources. In addition to monies, dedicated leave time is provided to allow residents to attend and participate in regional, national and international academic conferences.
The Emory School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education and Emory Dermatology are committed to ensuring that residents and fellows remain physically and mentally healthy, retain their joy in learning and maintain their idealism while completing their training programs. Residents have time away from clinic to attend medical and dental appointments. Emory has a Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) which provides access to counseling services free of charge. There are department didactic and Grand Rounds sessions focused on wellness topics. Residents participate in 2 resident retreats which allow for time for residents learn about non-medical topics, engage in service activities, or to connect with each other outside of clinic.
Emory GME Residency Tracks: Global Health, Ethics, Education, and More
Emory Dermatology is part of one of the largest Graduate Medical Education systems in the country. The Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Emory has developed residency tracks which allow interested residents to gain knowledge and skills in a specific focus area that is related to healthcare but outside the normal residency program curriculum. Currently available residency tracks include ethics, global health, medical education, healthcare management, patient safety/quality improvement, heath equity/advocacy/policy, and medical innovation. Upon completion of a track, residents will be awarded a Certificate of Distinction from Emory University School of Medicine. Emory dermatology residents interested in any of these areas are encouraged to apply for these residency tracks. Find more information, please visit Emory Residency Tracks.