Department of Dermatology

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Conferences and seminars

Richmond Dermatological Society meetings

Membership in this local organization of dermatologists is free to residents. Meetings occur six times a year, taking place at the offices of members throughout the community. The meetings include live patient presentations and a discussion of diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas.

Eastern Virginia Medical School/Virginia Commonwealth University combined resident symposium

Physicians in training are expected to assimilate information gathered from history-taking, physical examination and diagnostic testing to arrive at a differential diagnosis and treatment plan. Presenting this information in a succinct, understandable way to a group of peers is a critical skill.

This conference, hosted once per year by each institution, gives residents the opportunity to present interesting patient cases, review clinical-pathologic correlation and lead a discussion. Faculty members from both programs are present to facilitate, and residents are given feedback on their performance.

Surgical skills session

This annual seminar, held early in the academic year, is designed to provide residents with hands-on surgical training under the supervision of attending physicians. Basics of cryosurgery, anesthesia, biopsy technique, suturing and excisions are introduced and reviewed. During each year of residency, physicians-in-training are encouraged to expand their surgical skills.

Injector training sessions

Live patients are recruited to allow residents to perfect their technique for administration of chemodenervation agents and cosmetic fillers. Supervision is provided by attending surgeons from the Department of Dermatology and the VCU Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. These sessions occur several times annually.

Southeastern Consortium for Dermatology annual meeting

Designed to bring together dermatologists from community and academic practices from Virginia to Georgia, the Southeastern Consortium for Dermatology annual meeting is a combination of live patient presentations, poster sessions and didactics. Residents are encouraged to participate. This meeting is hosted by each participating academic institution on a rotating basis.

Cutaneous biology course

First- and second-year residents are encouraged to attend Indiana University’s Department of Dermatology Cutaneous Biology Course, which provides in-depth review of the basic sciences of cutaneous structure and function, pharmacology, photobiology, molecular biology, immunodermatology and surgery.

American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting

The American Academy of Dermatology is the largest dermatology group in the U.S., and nearly all practicing dermatologists are members. Residents are encouraged to both attend and present at this annual meeting, where learning opportunities range from didactics to board review sessions, live patient demonstrations, poster sessions and more.