The curriculum begins each year with this series of lectures and didactics directed towards providing a basic understanding of medical dermatology and its subspecialties, held during the months of July and August. These lectures also address topics relating to systems-based practice and practice-based learning.
A series of lectures designed to address a pressing need in dermatologic education, namely the skill of physical diagnosis. This curriculum teaches an approach to clinical diagnosis through interactive sessions that emphasize morphology and differential diagnosis tailored to residents at each level of training.
Grand Rounds, at which residents and faculty discuss complex cases with patient viewing, is held three times per month, each hosted by BIDMC, BWH, and MGH. These sessions focus on morphology, differential diagnosis, and management of interesting and challenging clinical cases. Also, once monthly MGH hosts a Grand Rounds Lecture featuring a prominent invited speaker.
Faculty-led clinical lectures and didactics are held each week on topics including general dermatology, basic science, cosmetics, dermatologic surgery, and dermatopathology. In addition, each resident prepares 1-2 lectures per year on a topic of their choice within the comprehensive annual didactic curriculum. Residents have direct faculty input during preparation of resident-delivered didactics.This curriculum synthesizes material from multiple dermatology texts as well as the medical literature with the intention of covering the full range of topics. Specific text book chapters are assigned to residents to accompany each lecture.
The newly designed dermatopathology curriculum integrates digitally-scanned whole slides with glass slide viewing. On Thursday mornings residents review a curriculum of unknown digital slides with a dermatopathology attending or fellow, and on Friday mornings a set of glass slides is first previewed by the residents and then reviewed with an attending live at the multi-headed microscope. The themes for these slide collections correlate with the topics reviewed at the weekly dermatopathology lectures.
Residents and faculty meet weekly to review the latest clinical and basic science research articles, gain insight into ongoing research activities within the department, and/or look for answers to clinical questions:
Several times a year, residents review interesting cases from the consultation services to their peers. Complex medical cases are presented with pathology review.