UCSD Division of Dermatology Residency Training Program
Welcome to the Division of Dermatology at UCSD. Clinical dermatology and the science of cutaneous biology is a challenging and satisfying lifelong mission. We strive to provide a training program that can prepare our residents to become leaders in their field by providing a strong foundation in medical dermatology, dermatopathology, procedural dermatology, clinical and basic research. In order to achieve this goal we have designed a training program that provides residents with extensive clinical experience and the flexibility to focus in specific areas. Particular areas of emphasis include pediatric dermatology and basic research in skin immunobiology.
We attract candidates with outstanding qualifications from top training centers around the country. Each year we receive several hundred applicants for the four incoming positions and offer twenty-five to thirty-five interviews. The requirements for admission to the program include completion of an internship in general internal medicine or a transitional year.
We look forward to receiving your application and wish you the best of luck in the future.
Please note that we participate in the ERAS program. Completed applications will be accepted only in this format and are due no later than: November 1st, 2013
2015 Residency Program interview dates: TBA
For issues regarding interview dates, please email: email@example.com
Residency Program Director: Richard L. Gallo, M.D., Ph.D.
Residency Program Coordinator: Robyn Austin
Residency Start Date: July 1, 2015
Length of Program: 3 years
Application Deadline: November 1, 2013
To view: 2013/2014 Terms and Conditions
The UCSD Dermatology Residency Training Program strives to provide a well balanced training experience. Residents see patients at all the UCSD hospitals, including the VA hospital and Children’s hospital. Resident rotations are aimed at maximizing the benefits of the training experience by taking advantage of the clinical strengths and research oppportunities at the various participating institutions. To enhance the understanding of dermatology and encourage creative thinking, all residents are encouraged to participate in research on a topic of their choosing. Residents interested in more advanced work and preparation for a career in research are offered specially designed tracts to maximize learning and future productivity.
Goals and objectives
The UCSD Dermatology Residency Training Program is a 3-year ACGME accredited training program designed and organized to provide residents with both clinical experience and a broad foundation in academic dermatology. At the conclusion of the training program all residents should be able to deliver superior specialized care to patients with a variety of dermatological conditions, including diseases of the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes.
This experience is designed to provide varied and broad training in a progressive and systemic manner. Instruction in the basic sciences and clinical dermatology is emphasized with exposure to and training in research methodology and teaching skills.
Rotations provide core knowledge, experience, and skills necessary for the effective practice of dermatology as a specialty. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge, skill and expertise in dermatopathology, surgical dermatology, and pediatric dermatology, although educational experience in all aspects of clinical dermatologic care is provided during the three-year course of training. Emphasis is placed on teaching and encouraging study habits and skills that will foster lifelong learning.
Continuity of patient care is also stressed throughout the three years of training. Facilities available at the three major teaching institutions are designed and equipped to accomplish these objectives. Teaching faculty have been selected for their expertise and competence and for their demostrated commitment and enthusiasm for teaching. The program seeks to provide a scholarly and supportive educational environment conducive to meeting these goals. Successful completion of the program will qualify the candidate for the American Board of Dermatology certifying examination. Historically, residents from this program have been very well prepared for this examination.
Research Residency Pathway
The UCSD Dermatology Program includes several faculty who have made major scientific contributions through basic and clinical research. Our program is among the largest and most successful in the nation in basic and translational clinical skin research, with areas of strength in immunology, wound repair, developmental biology and pediatric dermatology. Inherent in our philosophy is the goal to train and advance the academic careers of our students, and we take pride in their future success.
Over 30 PhD graduate students and Post-doctoral fellows are currently involved in full-time research at UCSD Dermatology Research labs, and all dermatology residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research activities. Furthermore, for individuals with appropriate prior research experience, we have also designed an option to participate in a research residency track within the three year clinical residency training program. These individuals will be selected during the first year of residency training and provided structured elective time throughout their residency training with which to advance their careers.
Faculty/Resident Advisor Program
A faculty advisor program has been established to assist each resident in meeting the goals and objectives of the dermatology-training program, and to provide the opportunity for residents to explore and develop their individual interests within the field of dermatology. This program also provides the opportunity for residents to develop a mentorship relationship that will develop over the three years of training
Dermatology Resident and Faculty Performance Evaluations
All residents are regularly evaluated with written evaluations by faculty members with whom they work during their rotations. The Program Director meets with each resident at least twice per year to discuss their performance and review evaluations from faculty members and their rotations. Frequent informal evaluations are also done by individual faculty members and communicated to the resident with constructive suggestions for improvement. Residents are also encouraged to discuss any specific problems or concerns about their performance or progress with the Program Director or their faculty mentor at any time during the year.
Faculty members are evaluated by the residents with written evaluations and with evaluations for specific rotations. Residents are also asked to complete written assessments of the Dermatology Residency Program, which is used to consider changes and improvements in the curriculum and the educational program.
Other Educational Opportunities
Residents participate at weekly Dermatology Grand Rounds every Thursday morning. Grand Rounds are held in conjunction with the Navy Hospital Dermatology Residency Program. Live patients are presented and discussed each week. A one hour Grand Rounds lecture given by one of the faculty or invited speakers follows the patient presentations. Wednesday mornings are dedicated to academic instruction. Residents spend one hour going over unknown dermatopathology cases with the dermatopathology faculty. Book review with board-type questions, a lecture by one of the faculty members, and journal club are also done during this morning, once a week. Journals reviewed include Archives of Dermatology, JAAD, JID, Dermatology Surgery, Cutis, and Pediatric Dermatology.
Fourth Year Medical Student Away Electives
For information regarding scheduling away electives with UCSD Dermatology:
Contact: Adrianne Edwards
Senior Curriculum & Visiting Student Program Coordinator
Division of Medical Education
Current Residents 2012-2013
L to R
Front row: Shilpa Gattu MD, Mansi Sarihan MD, Jeff Melancon MD PhD, Chao Li MD,
Anne Ran Zhuang MD, Jessica Kim MD, Pam Chayavichitsilp MD
Back row: Alvin Coda MD, Jeremiah Miller MD, Jeremy Schneider MD, Adrian Boyle MD, Catalina Matiz MD
Third Year : (Chief Resident) Jeff Melancon MD PhD, Adriane Boyle MD, Pam Chayavichitsilp MD,
Catalina Matiz MD
Second Year : Shilpa Gattu MD, Chao Li MD, Jeremiah Miller MD, Mansi Sarihan MD
First Year: Alvin Coda MD, Jessica Kim MD, Jeremy Schneider MD, Anne Ran Zhuang MD