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Residency Program Overview
UCSF Department of Dermatology

Department Chair: Bruce U. Wintroub, MD
Program Administration: Program Director: Kanade Shinkai, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director: Erin Mathes, MD

The ACGME-accredited three-year training track focuses on developing outstanding clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of dermatologic disease. Residents rotate through clinical sites with very diverse patient populations and see an equally diverse range of skin disease. Our clinical curriculum provides in-depth exposure and instruction in medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, consultative inpatient dermatology, and several additional subspecialty areas. Clinical training is coupled with a comprehensive daily didactic lecture series delivered by our highly recognized faculty. These curricula take full advantage of the rich clinical and basic science resources that UCSF has to offer, and are designed to produce an outstanding foundation of training for residents by the completion of the program. We expect all graduates of our residency program to have outstanding clinical skills that set them apart and prepare them for leadership roles in dermatology within their communities, academic departments, organized medicine, or other venues, and we prioritize mentorship and career development to help our trainees reach their goals.

An alternative ABD-approved, four-year, research-intensive track may be available to those residents with a dedicated academic interest in investigatory research. A modification of the three-year program, it consists of about two years of clinical training, followed by two years during which the majority of time is protected for developing a research career. Most entrants into this 2+2 track have traditionally been MD/PhD's with interests in fundamental science research, although we also welcome applications from epidemiologists, population-level scientists, and physicians without PhD's who have an established interest in a research area. Our department is committed to training a cohort of successful investigative physician scientists, and we also devote substantial time, mentorship, and resources to advancing the careers of our 2+2 trainees.

 

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