Residency Program Overview
Emory Dermatology focuses on training physicians who aspire to become local, regional or international leaders in the field of dermatology. We seek to identify, support, and develop these gifted candidates to serve their patients and the field of dermatology to the best of their ability. At Emory Dermatology, trainees will find an unparalleled combination of diverse clinical training sites, expert clinical faculty, and active clinical, translational, and basic science research.
Rotations and Clinical Training Sites
Emory is based in Atlanta and sits in a metropolitan area of nearly 6 million people. We are a part of Emory University School of Medicine, a leading academic medical center in the Southeast. Within Atlanta are our 5 clinical training locations - Emory University Hospital (and its associated clinic - The Emory Clinic), Emory University Hospital Midtown, Grady Memorial Hospital, The Atlanta VA Medical Center, and Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. These sites comprise a wide variety of care delivery models, settings, and diverse patient populations varying from university hospital based clinics, to county hospital clinics, to care of veterans at the VA, to care of pediatric patients at our large academic pediatric medical center. Residents participate in outpatient clinics and inpatient consults at all of these locations. Additionally, in the last few years Emory Dermatology has developed and expanded teledermatology rotations at the VA and Emory University Hospital Midtown, including both outpatient and inpatient teledermatology.
Rotations are one month each. First year residents rotate through VA teledermatology, outpatient clinics at The Emory Clinic, the Atlanta VA, Grady Memorial Hospital and in the second part of the first year begin to rotate through inpatient consults at Emory University Hospital. Second year residents rotate through inpatient consult months and outpatient clinics at Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, The Atlanta VA Medical Center, and Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. They also rotate through VA teledermatology. Third year residents rotate through VA teledermatology, outpatient clinics at the VA and Grady, dermatopathology, and dermatologic surgery. Third year residents also rotate through an inpatient teledermatology rotation at Emory University Hospital Midtown. For more information on each site, click HERE.
Through the 3 years of training, all residents have a continuity clinic at either the VA, Grady Memorial Hospital or The Emory Clinic, which takes place each Monday morning, regardless of the resident's assigned rotation.
The faculty at Emory Dermatology is comprised of over 20 full time clinical dermatologists and researchers. Most clinical faculty members have a subspecialty niche enabling trainees to rotate through one of many subspecialty clinics including but not limited to clinics focused on autoimmune blistering diseases, contact dermatitis, pigmented lesions, Mohs and dermatologic surgery, hair disorders, pediatric vascular anomalies, and complex medical dermatology. Emory has fellowship trained faculty members in dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology, and Mohs surgery. Residents at Emory Dermatology experience well-rounded training in all of these disciplines.
At an institution level, Emory University researchers received over $500 million from external funding agencies in fiscal year 2016. Many 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, development of small molecules as antiangiogenic and antitumor therapies, regulation of cell adhesion molecules, oncogenic signal transduction, and role of natural compounds in modulating bacterial quorum sensing and biofilm production.
In addition to the outstanding clinical training that our residents receive, our residents are encouraged to develop a spirit of inquiry, critical thinking and a passion for lifelong learning through research. All residents are required to participate in a scholarly project in areas of clinical science, basic science or quality improvement during the course of residency by working closely with a faculty mentor. Residents can tailor this project based on their career interests and goals. Residents will be expected to submit the results of these studies for presentations at local and national meetings and for publication. Each year our residents share their progress and findings at the Emory Dermatology Resident Research Forum Day which allows opportunities for constructive feedback or ideas for collaboration. Faculty mentors will track the academic progress of each resident and will help them to identify areas of interest that they may continue to develop as they transition to their professional careers.Some academic time away from clinical duties is provided for all residents for the pursuit of these projects or other academic endeavors. For those interested in a career in research, applicants may apply to the Emory Dermatology Resident Research Training Track: a combined program with 2 years of clinical and 2 years of research training. For more information, click HERE.
Residents have at least 5-6 hours of didactic time each week comprised of sessions given by faculty, visiting lecturers, and residents. Didactics also include journal clubs and dermatopathology scope sessions. Didactics take place Tuesday morning from 8-9am and Thursday morning from 8am-noon or 1pm. Grand Rounds is part of this didactic time on every other Thursday. The general dermatology curriculum is structured around a major dermatology textbook with the clinical, basic science, pharmacology, and dermatopathology lectures coordinated together. A boards review is built into the end of each section of the curriculum.
A separate curriculum for procedural and cosmetic dermatology is woven into the general dermatology curriculum as well. In addition to didactic sessions, there are hands-on sessions led by Emory faculty or expert dermatologists within the Atlanta community held for teaching of procedures such as laser surgery, injectables, chemical peels, and others.
All residents are given a stipend to help offset the cost of books and/or travel to academic meetings. Some time away from clinical duties is provided for all residents for the pursuit of academic endeavors and for resident wellness. Based on the year of training, travel days are allotted to encourage resident attendance and participation in major society meetings or governing boards. All residents select a faculty mentor during their first year who will help guide residents through residency and into the first phases of their career. Depending on the year and individual interest, select rotations outside of Emory are possible including participation in the Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program (GHRSP), a comprehensive global health experience for qualifying residents across all specialties. The program includes a year-long curriculum and culminates with a one-month rotation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Several former dermatology residents have participated in this program. Two faculty, Seema Kini and Benjamin Stoff, serve on the GHRSP Advisory Committee.