Education Curriculum and Experiences

Educational Curriculum

The educational curriculum at The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology was structured with the department's mission in mind, and seeks to provide the skills needed to pursue and achieve lifelong learning in dermatology.
Introductory Course for First-Year Residents:
The initial four weeks of the year are dedicated to providing first-year residents with the basic tools they need as dermatology residents. A curriculum of reading centered around some of the more common dermatoses is coordinated with hands - on and small group workshops on simple procedural skills as well as basic dermatopathology. The goal is to arm residents with a sound approach to clinical diagnosis, as well as basics of patient safety and clinical best practices. During this time peri­od, second- and third-year residents review recently published CME articles.
Morning Didactic Sessions:
After the first four weeks of the academic year, the first-year residents join the second- and third-year residents for the morning didactic teaching sessions, which include lectures, seminars, and conferences. A committee directs resident didactic education. A core curriculum in medical and pediatric dermatol­ogy, dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology, and the basic sciences is supplemented by Journal Club, which is aimed at developing residents’ skills in critical review of the literature in a coordinated and thematic approach. There are also several clinical conferences, during which the translation of academic knowledge into clinical practice is emphasized.
Residents meet daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. for didactic sessions.  All sessions are moderated or led by full- or part-time faculty mem­bers who possess a range of expertise that covers the spectrum of dermatology.

Weekly Didactics Schedule

Textbook Review
The medical and basic science dermatology curricu­lum is covered in this session, which is resident-run under faculty direction. Residents become “mini-ex­perts” in the topics they review and are provided with a structured framework for their weekly read­ing. An interactive format is encouraged, with a focus on synthesis of the material in current major dermatology textbooks, clinical pearls, and pertinent information from the recent literature.
Residents’ Lecture Series
Senior residents invite faculty and other experts to lecture on a range of topics, including dermatologic surgery, pediatric dermatology, and the basic scienc­es. In addition, the medical dermatology curriculum is enhanced through lectures by specialists on a variety of topics and regular case review sessions, in which differential diagnoses and therapeutic strategies are discussed in an interactive manner.
Members of the full-time and voluntary faculty are invited to present their classic and interesting cases in a purely photo-slides format. Residents are trained to hone their dermatological morphology description skills, to expand on their differential diagnosis building skills, as well as to recognize some of the salient, and sometimes, atypical features of a wide range of dermatoses.
Journal Club
Residents review journal articles from major derma­tology journals as well as the relevant non-derma­tology literature; discussion takes place under the direction of multiple faculty. Other faculty members also attend. This session serves not only to keep residents and faculty abreast of the advances in our field, but to encourage critical reading and knowl­edge of evidence-based medicine.
Dermatopathology faculty members lead this discus­sion of “unknown slides” that have been reviewed by residents prior to the session. A well-established and successful curriculum is updated annually. Clin­icopathologic correlation sessions are held approxi­mately once per month.
Masters in Dermatology Series
Held five to six times a year, members of our senior faculty spend an informal one-hour round table discussion session either in the morning or evening with our residents to discuss their own clinical experiences as well as to provide clinical pearls that they have gathered through many years of their clinical practice. As many of our faculty members are true pioneers in the field of dermatology, this provide an opportunity for the residents to learn from our own experts in dermatology in a relaxed environment.
Grand Rounds (Howard Fox Guest Lecture Series)
Formal lectures on topics of dermatologic relevance are presented by leading members of the national aca­demic dermatologic communities, as well as related experts from outside the field of dermatology. Resi­dents are thus exposed to the latest advances across the spectrum of the specialty. Residents also get an opportunity to meet the grand rounds speakers the evening prior to the grand round series for an informal lecture or round-table discussion directed towards the residents. Once a year, each resident and clinical fellow also gets an opportunity to become the grand rounds speaker and speaks on a subject of his or her choice.

Educational Experiences

Tuesday Night Conferences:
This conference series provides residents with a live patient viewing opportunity. Residents prepare protocols and present on interesting and unusual cases, and a member of the full-time clinical faculty facilitate an open-floor discussion based on these cases along with the residents. Dermatol­ogists throughout the New York Metropolitan area attend the conference. The evening also provides a forum for residents to hone their presentation skills. There are five such conferences per academic year.
Faculty and Trainee Educational Conference:
The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatolo­gy’s Educational Seminars provide a comfortable and open environment for participants to learn, discuss, and review subjects that may occur in daily activ­ities within their working environment. The semi­nars allow faculty, trainees, and, on occasion, staff members to work as a group to understand each other, while educating our faculty and trainees on dermatology advances. This boosts confidence and communication on all levels, creating a friendly work­ing environment. At the conclusion of each seminar activity, participants will be able to recognize import­ant new developments in medical and procedural dermatology and in basic interpersonal situations.
Cutaneous Biology and Dermatology Annual Research Day:
Research Day is an annual, full-day educational, train­ing, and networking event led by the chair. Postdoc­toral basic and clinical fellows, residents, and faculty performing dermatologic research share their current research findings through presentations and poster sessions. The audience includes the department’s Cu­taneous Biology Program’s basic science faculty and physician-investigators in addition to our clinicians. A leading expert in the field of research is invited annu­ally to give a lecture on a topic of importance for con­ducting research or developing an investigative career. Past lectures have included how to conduct clinical research at NYU Langone Medical Center, funding research, presentation skills, journal writing, build­ing collaborative translational research teams, and designing multifaceted/multicentered clinical trials. In addition to presentations there are also poster ses­sions to present additional research projects that are ongoing within the department and the department’s Cutaneous Biology Program. The event is considered a forum to openly discuss research findings, as well as to foster new collaborations for future studies.
Advances in Dermatology Symposium:
Each year in June, the department hosts a two-day Continuing Medical Education conference to update participants on the latest information about a broad array of topics relevant to clinical dermatology. Pre­sentations are made by NYU Langone faculty from dermatology and other departments, fellows, and visiting faculty. The goal is to expose participants to current knowledge in dermatology and related topics. This popular conference draws a national audience.
Local Conferences:
Residents attend meetings of the New York Acad­emy of Medicine’s Section of Dermatology and the Dermatologic Society of Greater New York, the country’s largest regional dermatologic organization. Highlights include annual resident competitions held by each society.
National Conferences:
First- and third-year residents attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Second-year residents divide coverage for clinical responsibilities during the AAD Meeting. Addi­tionally, residents may be sponsored to attend other national dermatologic meetings, with prior approval, at which they present clinical or research findings.