For example, the Dermatology group page system notifies all faculty, residents, and fellows when a patient with a challenging or "textbook" manifestation of disease presents in clinic. All group-page participants view the patient and then meet to discuss the case. This system maximizes the educational opportunities, and is also valuable for patient care, particularly when the clinical discussion informs the histologic examination of that patient's lesions.
Other educational opportunities include:
- Tuesday mornings devoted to the didactic education of dermatology residents and dermatopathology fellows cross-training in dermatology, with Resident-directed learning and Faculty-directed learning
- Bi-monthly Dermatology Grand rounds include guest lecturers, patient viewing, and patient discussions including dermatopathology findings.
- Didactic sessions of relevance to Dermatopathology fellows in molecular diagnostics, surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, hematopathology, microbiology, and cytopathology
- Regular dermatopathology-specific, pathology-specific, and dermatology-specific journal clubs
- A cutaneous lymphoma journal club in which dermatologists, hematopathologists, and dermatopathologists are equal participants.
- A bi-weekly melanoma tumor board brings together a group of experts dedicated to the care of patients with melanoma, including a melanoma oncologist, dermatopathologists, dermatologists, general surgeons, and plastic/reconstructive surgeons.
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth affords rich educational opportunities in other multidisciplinary programs, including:
- The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), a nationally recognized program dedicated to the translation of process improvement and microsystems management from industry (e.g. Toyota) to health care.
- The DHMC Office of Patient Safety coordinates monthly meetings, in which all hospital services are represented, to apply these principles to our day-to-day operations.
These patient care and educational opportunities provide a unique environment in which the fellow learns diagnostic and management skills which can then be applied to the better understanding of disease through research, and to the education of other health care professionals.