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The Conference / Didactic Curriculum

Components of the conference/didactic curriculum are organized to follow the content of the following topics. 

Basic science topics

  • Structure and Function
  • Bullous Disease
  • Cutaneous Vascular Disease
  • Pruritus
  • Skin Appendages
  • Skin and Immunology
  • Basement Membrane Zone
  • Tumor Biology
  • Cells
  • Genetics
  • Biology of Extracellular Matrix
  • Vascular Biology
  • Cytokines and Chemokines
  • Innate and Adaptive Immunity
  • Toll-Like Receptors
  • Antimicrobial Peptides
  • Conventional & Unconventional T Cells
  • Parasitic Infections
  • Microbiology
  • Basement Membrane Structure & Function

Dermatopathology topics

  • Approach to interpretation of Skin Biopsies
  • Collagen, Elastic tissue, mucinoses
  • Cutaneous deposits
  • Cutaneous drug reactions
  • Cutaneous Infectious Patterns and Bacterial and Rickettsial Infections)
  • Cutaneous metastases
  • Cutaneous non-lymphoid infiltrates
  • Cysts, sinuses, and pits
  • Diagnostic clues
  • Disorders of cutaneous appendages
  • Disorders of Epidermal maturation
  • Disorders of Pigmentation
  • Granulomatous
  • Helminths and Arthropods
  • Lentigines, nevi, melanoma
  • Lichenoid
  • Lymphoma and leukemia
  • Metabolic and Storage Disease
  • Miscellaneous conditions
  • Panniculitis
  • Protozoal and Marine Injuries
  • Psoriasiform
  • Reactions to physical agents
  • Spirochete and Mycoses
  • Spongiotic
  • Tumors and tumor-like proliferations of Fibrous and related tissues
  • Tumors of Cutaneous appendages
  • Tumors of epidermis (benign)
  • Tumors of epidermis (malignant)
  • Tumors of fat, muscle/cartilage/bone, and neural
  • Vascular tumors
  • Vasculopathic
  • Vesiculobullous (intraepidermal)
  • Vesiculobullous (Subepidermal)
  • Viral Disease

General dermatology topics

  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • CTCL
  • Acne
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Contact and Drug
  • Melanocytic, Nevi & Neoplasms
  • Parapsoriasis, Lymphoproliferative Disorders
  • Papulosquamous Disease
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Mycobacterial Disease
  • Cutaneous Vascular Disease
  • Erythemas/Urticaria
  • Leprosy, Syphilis, Yaws
  • Parasites, Stings and Bites
  • Viral Disease
  • Pigmentary Disorders
  • Metabolic Disease
  • Fungi
  • Mucinoses, Dermal CT
  • Nutritional Disorders, SQ Fat, Endocrine
  • Mucous Membranes
  • Physical Factors
  • Macrophage/Monocyte
  • Pregnancy
  • Epidermal Growths
  • Dermal Tumors

Pediatric dermatology topics

  • Disorders of Cornification
  • Disorders of Pigmentation
  • Disorders of Vascularization
  • Disorders of Connective Tissue
  • Disorders with Malignant Potential
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Disorders of Porphyrin
  • Disorders with Photosensitivity
  • Disorders with Immunodeficiency
  • Disorders of Hair and Nails
  • Disorders of Metabolism
  • Disorders with Chromosome Abnormalities
  • Disorders with Short Stature

Pharmacology topics

  • Basic Principles of Pharmacology

Systemic drugs for infectious disease

  • Systemic Antibacterial Agents
  • Systemic Antiviral Agents

Systemic immunomodulatory and antiproliferative drugs

  • Antimalarial Agents
  • Systemic Retinoids
  • Interferons
  • Dapsone
  • Systemic Corticosteroids
  • Methotrexate
  • Azathioprine
  • Cytotoxic Agents
  • Cyclosporin

Drugs used in conjunction with ultraviolet or visible light

  • PUVA photochemotherapy
  • Extracorporeal photochemotherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy

Miscellaneous systemic drugs

  • Antihistamines, Psychotropic Agents
  • Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy
  • Drugs for the Skinternist
  • Antiandrogens and Androgen Inhibitors

Topical drugs for infectious diseases

  • Topical Antibiotics
  • Topical Antifungals
  • Antiparasitic Agents

Topical immunomodulatory and antiproliferative drugs

  • Topical Corticosteroids
  • Topical Retinoids
  • Topical and Intralesional Chemotherapeutic Agents
  • Calcineurin inhibitors and topical VitD3

Miscellaneous topical drugs

  • Suncreens
  • Systemic Adverse Reactions Due to Topical Medications

Major adverse effects from systemic drugs

  • Cutaneous Drug Reactions with Systemic Features
  • Dermatologic Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation

Surgical/procedural topics

  • Wound Healing
  • Surgical Anatomy of the Head and Neck
  • Anesthesia
  • Wound Closure Materials and Instruments
  • Dressings
  • Biopsy Techniques and Basic Excisions
  • Flaps
  • Grafts
  • Scar Revision

Cosmetics topics

  • Lasers
  • Fillers
  • Aging Face
  • Cosmeceuticals and Resurfacing
  • Botox
  • Laser Safety

Other topics, primarily through required E-learning


  • Disruptive behavior
  • Ethical Code of Conduct and Policy
  • Dr. Chapman’s Assignments in text on Professionalism in Medicine

Patient and health care safety and quality improvement

  • Fire and Law Safety
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Control of Hazardous Substances
  • Emergency Management
  • Healthcare Safety
  • Patient Confidentiality and Computer Security
  • Quality Improvement
  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Patient Safety for Clinical Safety
  • Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
  • Infection Prevention
  • BLS Certification

Medical practice/systems based practice

  • Fraud Awareness
  • Healthcare Security
  • HR Policy Manual
  • Dictation and Record Completion
  • ED-H Epic Training


  • Teaching Medical Students
  • Medhub, Duty Hours and Confidential Reporting
  • Patient and Family Care

The chief residents take on the task of conference scheduling and meet with the program director several times in the Spring prior to their third year to begin planning for the upcoming year. They review and discuss scheduling and conference plans with the program director.

The following current major dermatology texts make up the backbone of the didactic curriculum content. Texts are purchased by the program and given to residents:

  • Dermatology: 2-Volume Set: Expert Consult, Third Edition, Joseph Jorizzo, Bolognia
  • Primer in Dermatologic Surgery: A Study Companion, Second Edition (ASDS Book), Kevin Marlwalla & David Lefell
  • Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy: Expert Consult Third Edition, Stephen Wolverton
  • Hurwitz Clinical Pediatric Dermatology, Fifth Edition, Amy Paller & Anthony Mancini
  • Genodermatoses: A Clinical Guide to Genetic Skin Disorders, Joel Spitz
  • Dermatopathology, Dirk Elston
  • Dermatology: Illustrated Study Guide, (Board Review Book), Sima Jain                        

PowerPoint presentations of the topics are supplemented by other resources such as relevant journal articles. These content areas are repeated annually. Most book review content is presented by a resident during the half morning educational conference time. Occasionally this content is presented by a faculty member. A copy of the PowerPoint presentations from each year’s educational conferences is kept electronically, accessible to all residents and staff online at any time, on Sharepoint.

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