Board Review Series

Board review sessions are conducted two to three times per year to prepare residents for the American Board of Dermatology in-training examination and certifying examinations.

Consult Rewind/Killer Path/Pediatrics Rewind

This monthly lecture is lead by the previous month’s adult consult resident, pathology resident, and pediatric consult resident. Each resident reviews the most interesting cases seen during their rotation, with emphasis on teaching points. Clinical and histopathologic images are utilized to support the discussion.

Dermatopathology Conferences and Lectures

In addition to daily dermatopathology sign-out at the multi-headed microscope, there is also a weekly Dermatopathology Fellow slide conference, as well as an Attending Faculty Dermatopathology slide conference.  These conferences supplement and enhance the pathophysiology, clinical-pathologic correlation, and diagnostic criteria of skin diseases described in dermatopathology textbooks and multimedia resources. During the first eight weeks of the academic year, the dermatopathology fellow directs introductory conferences (“Dermpath Boot Camp”) for the first-year residents.  The dermatopathology faculty and the dermatopathology fellow, lead a year-long review of a selected dermatopathology text in lecture format.

Habif Text Review

For the first two months of the academic year, the first-year residents review and discuss the assigned reading of Habif’s Skin Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment textbook, under the supervision of faculty and third-year residents.

Image Based Didactics Conference

Held throughout the year, the clinical morphology sessions are led by residents or faculty members. The attending faculty will project and discuss clinical images for teaching morphologic description and differential diagnosis. Residents will use this opportunity to project additional clinical images on a topic that they are covering for their presentations in the Integrated Basic and Clinical Science Curriculum.  Sessions may also consist of unknown clinical images with associated multiple choice and short answer questions.

Integrated Basic and Clinical Science Curriculum

After the first two months of the academic year, all resident classes will participate in an in-depth study of a selected primary dermatology textbook. Examples of textbooks reviewed previously have included: Dermatology (Jean L. Bolognia, Joseph L. Jorizzo, Julie V. Schaffer, eds), Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin (William D. James, Timothy Berger, eds), and Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine (Lowell Goldsmith, Stephen Katz, Barbara Gilchrest, Amy Paller eds). This will be supplemented by readings from other texts and selected articles from the peer-reviewed literature. All residents are responsible for reading all the primary assigned material before each conference and are encouraged also to read the supplementary texts. The core curriculum conference will periodically include quizzes prepared by peer residents and the attending faculty. Residents are assigned topics (roughly corresponding to the readings as listed in the subsequent section of this Handbook) and cover them in rotation via PowerPoint presentations and handouts.

Journal Clubs

The journal clubs include both basic science and clinical journals. The clinical journal club monthly conference is moderated by a faculty member, and reviews the Archives of Dermatology and JAAD every month from cover-to-cover. Articles of particular interest from any pertinent journals will be discussed in a theme-based monthly conference. The basic science journal club series is moderated by Basic Science faculty, and commonly covers a pertinent paper from the basic science literature in depth.

Melanoma Tumor Board

This interdisciplinary (Medicine, Dermatology, Surgery, Pathology, etc.) conference is designed to review the histories, pathology slides, radiographs, etc. of melanoma patients referred to the University of Chicago in a multidisciplinary setting. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis and management, including entry into clinical trials. The conference is generally held on alternating Friday mornings in room S-644, from 7:30 to 8:30 AM.

Quality/Peer Review Clinicopathologic Conference

The Quality/Peer Review Clinicopathologic Conference (QPR-CPC) moderated by the clinical faculty, is a clinical-pathologic session in which participants examine interesting patients in the clinic, review their biopsy findings, are presented with their histories, and discuss the cases with emphasis on teaching, diagnosis, or management. After viewing of patients, a formal presentation and discussion ensue during which residents describe morphology, offer differential diagnoses, and present relevant literature. The conference has the following goals:

  • Develop house officers’ skills in morphologic description, differential diagnosis, case presentation, and public speaking
  • Assess and improve house officers’ knowledge of clinical dermatology, including pathophysiology and therapeutics
  • Teach dermatology and dermatopathology through clinical-pathologic correlation
  • Arrive at informed, rational management decisions through the process of internal consultation
  • Prepare outstanding teaching cases for subsequent presentation at the Chicago Dermatological Society meeting, other regional or national meetings, and publication in the peer-
  • Encourage interaction between house officers and faculty through a collegial group dynamic
Surgical Textbook Review/Surgical Lecture Series

Selected topics regarding dermatologic surgery will be covered throughout the academic year. This lecture series will be presented by the surgical attending faculty.

Surgical Wrap

This quarterly presentation is moderated by the Director of Dermatologic Surgery highlights interesting surgical closures, complications, or other learning points encountered while on a surgical rotation. The resident who performed the procedure will present the case with appropriate photography

Visiting and Faculty Lecture Series

The Chief Resident(s) will schedule outside speakers and faculty members in dermatology and relevant specialties to lecture to residents on assigned dates throughout the year.

Wolverton Text Review

First-year dermatology residents will be reviewing the Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy text (Stephen Wolverton, ed) as a group study on assigned days in the schedule throughout the year.