Education & Training : Residency Program

UM Dermatology Residency Program


2015 Graduates

Program Overview

Founded in 1956, the University of Miami Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery has a storied history (see department history) and is one of the largest dermatology training programs in the country. We currently have 23 residents (including one MD/PhD spot per year). Our full-time faculty number 21 members, including 14 clinical faculty members; 8 part time faculty; and among the largest voluntary faculty in the country with over 140 members, some of whom participate in resident education through lectures, teaching conferences, supervising clinical care provided by residents, and providing clinical and dermatopathology teaching cases read by our expert dermatopathologists.

Facilities and Rotations

Our training program encompasses inpatient and outpatient dermatologic care at the county hospital for Miami- Dade County Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) (inpatient consults, medical, procedural and pediatric dermatology clinics), at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) (inpatient consults, medical dermatology clinics, and procedural dermatology including lasers), at the University of Miami Hospital (UMH): (inpatient dermatology and inpatient consults, medical, procedural, cosmetic and laser clinics), at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) (Mohs surgery, inpatient consults, pigmented lesion and melanoma clinic with advanced diagnostics including confocal microscopy) and at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center: (inpatient consults, medical, cosmetic, laser and procedural clinics).

We also have a variety of specialty clinics and specialized rotations including:

• Hair/Nails/Contact Dermatitis clinic at UMH and JMH
• Immunobullous Clinic at JMH
• Ulcer/Wound clinic at UMH and JMH
• Psoriasis/Biologics clinic at JMH
• Pigmented Lesion clinic at SCCC
• Pediatric Dermatology clinic at JMH and UMH
• Hansen’s Disease clinic at JMH
• Phototherapy at UMH, VAMC and JMH
• Dermatopathology at UM
• Teledermatology clinics at UM and VAH

Scholarly Tracks

Residents, outside of the MD-PhD track and PhD to resident track, are required to perform scholarly activities through work

1) Clinical Educator

The goal is to develop clinical expertise in a defined area. This will occur by working with a faculty mentor in a specialized area, on a regular base through the later part of training. A minimum of 3 scholarly publications submitted to ‘major’ dermatology journals which could include research work, case reports, case series, or a scholarly review. This will prepare for a clinician educator position in an academic institution after graduation, if desired.

2) Clinical Research

The goal is to gain clinical research experience. This will occur by developing and carrying out a mentored clinical research project, including obtaining IRB approval. Devoted time to carry out project, ideally during year 2 of dermatology training, will be provided. The results of the project should be presented at a national or regional meeting and manuscript should be submitted for publication. This will prepare for a clinical research position in an academic institution after graduation, if desired.

3) Bench Research

The goal is to gain basic science research experience. This will occur by developing and carrying out a mentored basic research project. Devoted time to carry out project, ideally during year 2 of dermatology training, will be provided. The results of the project should be presented at a national or regional meeting and a manuscript should be submitted for publication. This will prepare for basic science post graduate training or a a basic research position in an academic institution after graduation, if desired.

Community Service Activities

We have a variety of community service projects including:

• Medical mission trips to the UM Developed Wound and Skin Clinics in Haiti
• Camillus House
• Florida Keys Health Fair
• Little Haiti Health Fair
• Hialeah Health Fair
• Pompano Health Fair
• “SunSmart Sprint” 5K race
• UM/Sylvester Cancer Center-sponsored skin cancer screenings

If you are interested in applying to our residency program, we encourage you to visit the Jackson Health System Dermatology Residency webpage for more information.