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Adult and pediatric derm.; derm. surgery

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Vash311, May 15, 2002.

  1. Vash311

    Vash311 Senior Member
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    Feb 9, 2002
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    Is there a longer residency requirement for someone wanting to specialize in adult and pediatric dermatology? Also, is dermatological surgery a fellowship or training you receive in the residency? Thanks.
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic!
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    Apr 9, 2000
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    Dermatology is a separate residency in which you are trained in the surgical techniques needed to complete the most common procedures. You don't do a Surgery residency specializing in Derm.

    More information about a Derm residency can be obtained at <a href="http://www.ama-assn.org" target="_blank">http://www.ama-assn.org</a> Follow the links to Medical Education/FREIDA

    Hope this helps.
  4. doepug

    doepug Senior Member
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    Jan 20, 2001
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    After completing a derm residency, you should be well-equipped to deal with adult and peds derm patients. However, if you're really psyched about kids, you could spend a year doing a peds derm fellowship.

    If you're into derm surgery (e.g. Mohs), the best route is to refine your interest during a derm residency and consider further training then.

    Of course, the most interesting derm subspecialty (by far) is Dermatopathology, which requires a 1-year fellowship after either a derm or path residency.

  5. arthur v

    arthur v Member
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    Oct 29, 2001
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    You can be boarded in pediatric dermatology in 2 ways:

    1) After completing a pediatric intern year (or residency) and a three year derm residency, you only need 1 year of fellowship

    2) If you do any other type of internship, you require 2 years of fellowship

    Derm surgery is part of every resident's training, but the extent of the surgical experience is different from program to program. For example, residents at Texas Tech, Iowa, Miami, and Florida perform enough Mohs cases as primary surgeon that they can apply for certification by the Mohs Society (but not the more respected Mohs College, which requires a fellowship year...long story...you'll hear more about it when you interview for derm).


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