Our dermatology residency program at Dartmouth trains residents to become superb medical and consultant dermatologists.
The Dermatology residency training program at Dartmouth was founded in 1948 and has a proud history of training residents to be competitive in all areas of dermatology upon graduation. Our program has a reputation for producing excellent clinical dermatologists who go on to provide excellent, state-of the art care to their communities. We have attracted applicants from medicals schools that have told us that their mentors recommended us as “a strong clinical training program”. Historically, about half of our residents have gone on to achieve highly competitive fellowships in laser surgery, Mohs surgery, dermatopathology, cutaneous oncology, and pediatric dermatology, and several have assumed roles in highly regarded academic programs.
About the program
The program is small, with three residents per year and, by 2020, a total of nine residents in the three-year program. The small size of our program and the more rural location typically results in a close relationship amongst residents and between residents and faculty. There has and continues to be a tutorial, mentoring element that is strong and an asset of the program.
The program director is Kathryn Zug, MD. The program administrator is Elaine Danyew. The section chief is Michael Shane Chapman, MD. Nicole Pace, MD is assistant program director and a board certified pediatric dermatologist. Nahid Vidal, MD is a board certified Mohs surgeon and director of the surgical/procedural training in the program.
Training includes experience in our specialty clinics in contact dermatology/patch testing, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), pediatric dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and rheumatology/dermatology. A full list of our dermatology faculty is listed here. Adjunct faculty in specialty areas who work with our faculty and residents in specialty clinics include: Lin Brown, MD (rheumatologist, dermatology/rheumatology clinic), Eric Lansigan, MD (oncologist, cutaneous lymphomas clinic), Joseph Rosen, MD (plastic surgeon, VA dermatologic surgery clinic-advanced cases). The program enjoys a very good relationship with an excellent dermatopathology teaching faculty listed here.
The primary location for training is the Dartmouth Hitchcock Heater Road Building. The dermatology section moved to this new location mid-November 2012. This is the home base of the program, where most clinics and conferences take place. This building also houses resident and staff offices, our program administrator office, and the Lobitz-Jilson-Baughman Dermatology Library. Inpatient consults, cutaneous lymphoma clinic and tumor board, melanoma tumor board, and dermatopathogy take place at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center main campus.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is a 396-inpatient bed tertiary care hospital that runs at or near capacity every day of the year. DHMC is the only teaching hospital in New Hampshire, and serves as a major tertiary-care referral site for northern New England. Inpatient and outpatient visits at the DHMC Lebanon campus and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt., total over 550,000 annually. The center provides care to a population base of 1.5 million people covering an area that reaches from NH and VT to ME, MA and NY.
The secondary site for our program is the White River Junction Veterans Administration Hospital (WRJVAMC). The Veterans' Administration Hospital in White River Junction, Vermont serves as a home away from home for first year residents. It is a 60-bed, referral Level 1 facility staffed by faculty of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. It provides a full range of primary, secondary, and specialty care. Dermatology residents in their first year rotate here. The VA resident sees patients in a busy outpatient clinic, performs both inpatient and outpatient consultations, and performs daily procedures. In addition, each week the VA resident performs cutaneous surgeries and reads all dermatopathology slides generated from these appointments.