Dermatology Residency Curriculum

Throughout their three-year tenure, Wake Forest School of Medicine dermatology residents rotate monthly through various subspecialty clinics and electives as assigned by the residency program director and chief resident.

Resident learning is graduated by year of training, and during all phases of training, an emphasis is placed on patient–physician interactions.

First-year dermatology residents focus on learning basic medical skills and procedural dermatologic skills.

During the second year, there is refinement of these medical skills as well as intensive training in:

  • dermatopathology
  • dermatologic surgery
  • inpatient dermatology

The third year is a time of differentiation in all areas of dermatology and more experience in dermatologic subspecialties, including:

  • complex medical dermatology
  • inpatient and consultative dermatology
  • autoimmune diseases, including connective tissue disorders, rheumatologic disease and bullous disorders
  • cutaneous t-cell lymphoma
  • hair loss and other hair disorders
  • vulvar diseases
  • psoriasis
  • phototherapy
  • pediatric dermatology
  • cosmetic dermatology
  • occupational and contact dermatitis
  • procedural dermatology including Mohs micrographic surgery
  • dermatopathology
  • basic research or clinical research

Clinics and Facilities

Our clinics are extremely active, and in a typical year there are approximately 36,000 visits in general dermatology and 6,000 visits in Mohs surgery.

Rotations staffed and supervised by full-time dermatology faculty occur at:

  • Dermatology Clinic, 4618 Country Club Road in Winston Salem, NC
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (inpatient and consultative dermatology)
  • Outreach clinics (Mt. Airy and Downtown Health Plaza)
  • Veteran Affairs Health Care Center in Kernersville, NC
  • W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC

Conferences and Didactics

Residents participate in daily didactic sessions throughout the week, including:

  • dermatopathology sessions
  • textbook review
  • grand rounds
  • basic science lectures
  • Kodachromes
  • journal club
  • billing lectures
  • quality improvement (QI) sessions
  • participation in QI projects
  • invited lectures from our faculty and faculty in other related departments

In addition, residents are provided protected academic time designated to further clinical, research and teaching interests and projects.