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Overview

The Dermatology Residency at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers RWJMS) offers a three-year residency program accredited by the ACGME. The program is a relatively new one, with our first resident having started residency in 2001. Rutgers has one other medical schools (New Jersey Medical School to our north in Newark ), which have dermatology residencies. We started our program in response to the need for an academic department in central New Jersey, the shortage of dermatologists in the US, and the relative shortage of dermatologists in this part of the state. We currently accept one resident per year.

The focus of the program is mainly on clinical dermatology designed to allow the residents to develop a high degree of competence, experience and confidence. We have a very busy outpatient dermatology clinic, where most patients whether they have private insurance, managed care, charity care or are paying “out of pocket”, are seen by the dermatology residents. The residents attend clinic every day except Tuesday and Friday mornings which are reserved for didactic sessions. Among the clinics are specialty sessions, such as Pediatric Dermatology clinic, Patch testing clinic, and Surgery clinics (including general dermatologic surgery, cosmetic procedures, and Mohs surgery). In-patient consultations at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital comprise an important part of the clinical training as well.

In addition to clinical dermatology, we emphasize the need for continued research and learning which includes our current studies and clinical research trials.

About the Location

Rutgers RJWMS is located in Middlesex County in Piscataway, New Jersey. Most classes for first and second year medical students are held there. Third and fourth year medical student activities take place on the New Brunswick campus (about 5 miles from Piscataway, also in Middlesex County, http://www.newbrunswick.com/), where RWJ University Hospital (RWJUH, http://www.rwjuh.edu/), most of the outpatient clinics and administrative offices of the clinical departments, the medical library, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Child Health Institute are located. Dermatology residents see patients in RWJUH on that campus.

In September 2006, the Dermatology Department moved from the New Brunswick campus to the Somerset satellite, about 5 miles from the New Brunswick campus and about 3 miles from the Piscataway campus. Our department (including the clinical and administrative space) occupies approximately one third of the second floor of One World’s Fair Drive. Our move has roughly tripled our space and brings all of our activities under one roof.