Curriculum

Rotations are divided into 4 week blocks, Residents have 1 administrative half-day scheduled each week, and Thursday afternoon all residents have an academic half-day for didactics. PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents are provided with additional dedicated research time.

 

Outpatient Clinics

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC)
Harris Health
Thomas Street Health Center

Residents rotate across various outpatient clinics but are generally limited to a single site for morning and afternoon clinics. PGY-2 residents spend the majority of their time at MD Anderson Cancer Center and UT Dermatology clinic, gaining a broad knowledge base in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents additionally rotate at our county hospital outpatient medical and surgical clinics as well as Thomas Street Health Center, a freestanding clinic for patients affected by or living with HIV. PGY-4 residents spend 1-2 months on a surgical rotation, which includes working with local laser specialists and Mohs surgeons. Across all locations, residents work with 25 attendings, many of whom are nationally recognized in their field of interest.

UT Dermatology Faculty
MDA Dermatology Faculty

 

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC)

Residents across all three years work with three board certified Mohs surgeons as well as to 1-2 fellows. In addition to Mohs, the unit uses a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments.

MOHS Fellowship

 

Dermatopathology

As a PGY-3, residents will spend two months of their year as the designated dermatopathology resident, spending 50% of their time at the microscope with our dermatopathology attendings in addition to the dermatopathology fellow. All years are additionally scheduled for dermatopathology across various schedules. Our curriculum also includes weekly dermatopathology unknown lectures.

 

Hospital Consults

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC)
Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital

PGY-3 residents will spend 4 out of their 12 months on hospital consults at both MMH and LBJ. Residents are assigned clinic in the morning and perform consult duties in the afternoon. PGY-4 residents spend 2 months as the MDA hospital consult resident without assigned clinical schedules. Weeknight call and holidays are covered by PGY-2 residents at 6-week intervals. Weekend call is shared across all years, with PGY-2 residents assigned 4-5 weekends. PGY-3 residents assigned 2 weekends, and PGY-4 residents assigned 1 weekend each.

 

Didactics

Morning conferences occur three days per week and include attending led specialty subjects, “Kodachromes”, dermatology rheumatology cases, and Journal Clubs. Topics are selected and integrated to cover virtually all of dermatology, both academically and professionally. Many of these conferences are held jointly with the dermatology program at Baylor College of Medicine. Thursday afternoons are dedicated to dermatopathology unknowns, resident led textbook review, and review of the prior month’s consult cases.