Unique Opportunities for Emory Dermatology Residents
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. Residents are expected to engage in scholarly work in areas of clinical science, basic science or quality improvement during the course of residency by working closely with a faculty mentor. 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 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.
Teledermatology is an increasingly utilized modality for providing expedient dermatologic care for patients that might otherwise not have timely access to subspecialty care. Emory dermatology residents have significant exposure to teledermatology during residency in both the outpatient and inpatient setting to help prepare them for the changing landscape of medicine after training. Residents complete a formal teledermatology rotation at the Atlanta VAMC where receive and review teledermatology requests from VA primary care satellite clinics all over the state of Georgia. In the inpatient setting, senior residents utilize teledermatology to staff inpatient consultations with faculty remotely at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Emory dermatology participates in community outreach on local, national and international levels. This work in carried out primarily through the Emory Dermatology Global Endeavors for Service (EDGES) group, a resident-founded and resident-run organization focused on learning through community service. EDGES members have participated in local and regional health fairs, as well as international projects in Kosovo and Ethiopia. Currently, the EDGES group is piloting a global health curriculum for the department through presentation of interesting teledermatology cases from Afghanistan at Dermatology Grand Rounds.
Faculty members of the EDGES group include Seema Kini, Laura Aspey, and Benjamin Stoff.
The Emory Dermatology Department is also heavily involved in the Emory Global Health 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.