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Didactic Curriculum

Core Curriculum Clinical Lectures
Lectures are given by department faculty on Tuesday afternoons. Topics including but not limited to blistering, infectious, eczematous, malignant and pigmentary disorders vary with most lectures oriented toward basic science and relevant clinical topics. The subject of the lecture coincides with the subject of the Textbook Review.

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Schedule: 1x/week
Person in charge: Faculty

Textbook Review
The residents have a structured curriculum (link to “Syllabus”) which integrates basic science, clinical (medical and surgical) dermatology and histopathology. The residents read chapters from major clinical and dermatopathology texts namely Andrew’s Diseases of the Skin, Bolognia’s Dermatology, Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine, Lever’s Histopathology of Skin, Wolverton’s Comprehensive Dermatologic Drug Therapy. The discussions are led by the senior resident on Tuesday afternoons, and all residents are required to attend and participate.

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Schedule: 1x/week
Person in charge: Chief Resident

Journal Review
Monthly journal reviews are held where residents get to read articles from major dermatologic journals like The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, The Archives of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, The New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology . Residents and faculty participate in the journal club by selecting 2-4 articles to review and present in depth. All residents are required to review the CME article in the JAAD. Articles of interest or importance from the non-dermatologic literature are reviewed as well.

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Schedule: 1x/month
Person in charge: Dr. Jisun Cha

Dermatopathology “unknowns” and lectures
A group of 8-9 “unknown” slides are assigned weekly to review prior to the conference. Residents may consult textbooks and each other. Residents are called upon to describe and give a differential diagnosis The didactic portion of this session correlates with the subjects in the textbook review. A teaching set of slides is also available for additional, independent study. Residents work on these slides weekly to coincide with core curriculum lectures and textbook review.

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Schedule: Weekly
Person in charge: Dr. Jisun Cha

Dermatopathology Sign-outs
Dr. Rao reads dermatopathology slides coming from inside and outside the institution with the residents on Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons. During this session, residents are encouraged to develop an approach in diagnosing common and rare skin diseases at a microscopic level.

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Schedule: 4x/month
Person in charge: Drs. Babar K. Rao & Jisun Cha

Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is regularly done at the clinic headed by Dr. Firoz, associate professor, who regularly gives the residents opportunity to learn and acquire their own surgical skills. Residents learn not only about the procedure itself, but also the various indications, patient preparation and post-surgical care.

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Person in charge: Dr. Bahar F. Firoz

Clinical Kodachromes
The AAD slide set review takes place on Tuesday or Thursday mornings from 08:00 - 09:00. Dr. Pappert heads this review and selects a topic which corresponds with the residents textbook review schedule.

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Schedule: 2x/week
Person in charge: Dr. Amy S. Pappert

Consultation Team Rounds
Clinical rounds on all adult and pediatric hospital consults and in-patients are regularly done with the resident in charge. Once weekly (Friday afternoons), these rounds are bedside teaching rounds with all the residents.

Location: UMDNJ-RWJUH, New Brunswick
Schedule: 1x/week
Person in charge: Dr. Amy S. Pappert

Phototherapy/ laser/ coding seminar

The residents, Dr. Pappert, designated nurses and medical assistants discuss phototherapy, lasers, or coding from 12-1 pm on Thursdays. The content varies weekly according to the needs of the residents and staff.

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Schedule: 1x/week
Person in charge: Dr. Amy S. Pappert

Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Currently, this conference is relatively unstructured. Once per week or every other week, cases where suboptimal outcomes or complications occur are selected by the faculty for review with all residents.

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Person in charge: Dr. Amy S. Pappert

Clinical Conference

Our Clinical Conference takes place on the third Wednesday of approximately every other month during the academic year. This program is held from 4-7 pm in the Dermatology Clinic and is approved for 3 hours of continuing medical education credit. The meeting is resident run and is modeled after the clinical conferences held by most major dermatology programs. This is a formally styled conference where individual patients are examined in the Dermatology Clinic; their cases are presented and then discussed with clinico-pathological correlation when available. It is generally attended by the Dermatology Department faculty, residents and staff as well as voluntary faculty, dermatologists from the community, and rotating residents and students from the Rutgers RWJUH and Rutgers RWJMS. The chief resident is designated “conference resident” and is responsible for assuring that the conference runs smoothly

Location: 1 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset NJ 08773
Schedule: 1x/month
Person in charge: Dr. Amy S. Pappert/ Residents

New Jersey South Central Dermatologic Society Meetings
Residents are required to attend South Central New Jersey Dermatology Society meetings where guest speakers present various topics. Participants include New Jersey dermatologists, other dermatologists, other interested physicians depending on the lecture subject, the invited lecturers, and the department faculty and residents.

New Jersey Dermatologic Society Meetings
Residents attend many New Jersey Dermatologic Society meetings where guest speakers present lectures, although attendance at the conferences is not required. Participants include NJ dermatologists, other dermatologists, other interested physicians depending on the lecture subject, the invited lecturers and the department faculty and residents.

Miscellaneous
Residents are invited to attend both regional and national professional meetings. All residents must attend two out of three American Academy of Dermatology meetings during their training. Residents are encouraged to participate in either the Dermatopathology or Basic Science course (2 days). Senior residents are funded for a dermatopathology weekend course of their choice in preparation for the board examination.

Residents have also attended numerous other meetings including Advances in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dermatology Society of Greater New York monthly meeting at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, the International Cosmetic Dermatology meeting in New York, the annual meeting of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the meeting of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.