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Dermatology Program Curriculum

Core Programs

As is appropriate for a program of post-graduate medical education, responsibility of determining the skills and knowledge base necessary for the individual physician to practice his/her profession competently is shared between the dermatology resident and the training program faculty. While all residents are expected to acquire minimal proficiency in all areas related to the practice of dermatology, it is also understood that each trainee will acquire the knowledge and technical skills appropriate for his/her selected career path and that these knowledge and skill sets will vary among trainees. In this context, the following outline is intended primarily to assist trainees in organizing their personal educational experience, not as an exhaustive or weighted listing of required material. Equivalent guides can be constructed from tables of contents of major dermatology textbooks, dermatology curricula developed by members of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and published from time to time in its Journal, and a wide variety of sources.

General Principles

  • Ethics
  • Professionalism
  • Informatics
  • Managed care and role of the specialist
  • Basic science concepts
  • Structure and function of normal skin
  • Dermatopathology concepts
  • Photomedicine
  • Principles of diagnosis
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Clinical pathologic correlations
  • Problem-oriented management
  • Medical therapy
  • Surgical therapy

Dermatologic Disease Grouping

Infections Benign and Malignant Proliferative Disorders
Bacterial infections
Viral infections
Candidiasis and other yeast infections
Dermatophytes and superficial fungal infections
Subcutaneous and deep fungal infections
Treponemal, rickettsial and mycobacterial infections
Parasitic disease
Benign epithelial tumors and harmatomas
Premalignant and malignant epithelial tumors
Benign and malignant tumors of melanocytes
Benign and malignant adnexal tumors
Benign and malignant tumors of dermal constituents
Benign and malignant tumors of Langerhans cells and histiocytes
Benign and malignant disease of noncutaneous origin
Bites, Stings and Infestations Eczematous
Allergic reactions
Toxic reactions
Mite infestations and pediculosis
Atopic dermatitis
Eczematous reaction patterns
Contact dermatitis
Papulosquamous Disease Bullous Diseases
Psoriasis and Reiter's disease
Pityriasis rosea, lichen planus, pityriasis rubra pilaris
Exudative papulosquamous disease
Pemphigus vulgaris and related conditions
Bullous pemphigoid
Epidermolysis bullosa
Other bullous disorder
Diseases of the Dermis and Subcutaneous Tissue Disease of Pigmentation
Diseases of collagen and elastic tissue
Disorders of vascular tissue
Disorders of mast cells, including urticaria
Diseases of the hair and scalp
Acne and related disorders
Hyperpigmentation, metabolic, post-inflammatory, or idiopathic
Heritable disorders
Neurologic and Psychiatric Disorders Ulcers
Prurigo nodularis
Delusions of parasitosis
Neurotic excoriations
Other neurocutaneous disorders
Other psychocutaneous disorders
Venous stasis ulcers
Ischemic ulcers
Inflammatory ulcers
Traumatic and neurotropic ulcers
Diseases of Specific Distribution Diseases Peculiar to Pediatric Age Group
Diseases of the mouth and lips
Diseases of the genitalia
Diseases of the feet and hands
Diseases of the eyelids and ears
Geriatric Dermatoses  

Basic Science Groupings

  • Structure and physiology of skin
  • Biochemistry
  • Basement membrane structure and function
  • Basics of immunology and immune tolerance
  • Extracellular matrix proteins
  • Regulation of collagen deposition
  • Keratinocyte biology
  • Langerhans cells
  • Growth factors and gene therapy
  • Apoptosis and ultraviolet light
  • Bio-engineered skin
  • Techniques:
    • Tissue culture (fibroblasts, keratinocytes)
    • Northern analysis, Southern analysis and Western blotting
    • Transfection and transduction
    • Immunohistochemistry and in situ techniques

A Typical Week

8-12:00 Clinic
12-1:00 pm Lunch/Call backs
1-5:00 pm Clinic
8-12:00 Clinic
12-1:00 pm Lunch/Call backs
1-5:00 pm Clinic


BU Grand Rounds
RWMC Grand Rounds & Guest Speaker
Journal Club

12-1:00 pm Lunch/Call backs
1-2:00 pm "Chariman's" Case of the week
2- 4:00 pm Dermatopathology teaching lectures
8-12:00 pm Clinic
12-1:00 pm Lunch/Call backs
1-5:00 pm Clinic
8-12:00 Clinic
12-1:00 pm Lunch/Text Book Review
1 - 5:00 pm Continuity Clinic or Didactics