The Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program provides an extensive didactic curriculum intended to complement the clinical training provided over the three-year training period. The program features protected didactic time, weekly grand rounds (with patient viewing sessions three times per month), and a comprehensive educational curriculum delivered by faculty who are experts in the field.
Residents in the Medicine-Dermatology Program follow this same curriculum during their PGY2 year as well as during their additional 18 months of dermatology training.
The resident didactic education schedule includes grand rounds, lectures (covering basic science, clinical dermatology and dermatopathology), journal clubs, board review, and slide review sessions. The vast majority of didactic lectures are presented by faculty. For the resident-led didactic series, each resident presents one to two didactic lectures per year with the support of an assigned faculty mentor. An example of the didactic education schedule for a typical week follows:
|Journal Club||Patient Viewing Grand Rounds or Clinical Lecture Series,
followed by clinical or dermpath
|Clinical or Dermpath Didactics||Dermpath virtual slide session||Dermpath glass slide review with faculty|
|“Hands-on” procedural sessions or Didactics|