Dermatopathology Fellowship Curriculum

Dermatology-trained fellows will spend an equivalent of eight months in anatomical pathology, and pathology-trained fellows will spend an equivalent of eight months in the dermatology clinics.

Fellows can expect the following during their fellowship:

  • Regularly scheduled didactic sessions are held Wednesday mornings in conjunction with the Department of Dermatology Residency Program
  • The program director will provide the fellow with teaching sets of slides and will review pertinent diagnostic criteria with the fellow
  • Daily "sign-out" with the program director will provide the fellow with ample material for learning and opportunities for teaching by the director
  • The fellow will be provided access to numerous dermatopathology texts and journals and independent reading is expected. If the fellow shows deficiencies in particular areas, reading assignments may be made at the director's discretion
  • The fellow will be expected to teach pathology and dermatology residents, including "Dermatopathology Unknown Conferences" weekly, and a teaching session at the microscope on Fridays
  • The fellow will present cases for Journal Club on a monthly basis
  • The fellow will present a one-hour didactic lecture or unknown conference to the pathology residents
  • Pathology and dermatology residents on the dermatopathology rotation will be taught by the fellow in the form of reviewing the cases each morning before sign-out, reviewing consult cases, and providing mentorship in residents' scholarly endeavors

The fellow will master the following topics during the fellowship:

  • Eczematous/papulosquamous diseases
  • Reactive erythemas
  • Vasculitis/purpura
  • Intraepidermal vesicular/pustular diseases
  • Subepidermal vesicular diseases
  • Noninfectious granulomas
  • Deposition/metabolic diseases
  • Connective tissue alterations/diseases
  • Adnexal inflammatory diseases
  • Genodermatoses
  • Bacterial/fungal/viral/rickettsial/chlamydial infections
  • Parasitic infestations
  • Panniculitis
  • Other non-neoplastic diseases
  • Epithelial neoplasms
  • Cysts
  • Melanocytic neoplasms
  • Sebaceous neoplasms
  • Follicular neoplasms
  • Sweat gland neoplasms
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Vascular neoplasms
  • Neural neoplasms
  • Fibrohistiocytic neoplasms
  • Metastatic neoplasms