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Dermatology Residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Chairman: Thomas P. Nigra, MD
Program Director: Alan Moshell, MD

The Dermatology Residency Program combines a broad clinical curriculum, an extensive didactic curriculum, and resident involvement in research to achieve a comprehensive training experience.

High Volume: Depending on the rotation they are on, residents routinely manage an average of 100-150 outpatients each week, 25-30 inpatient consults each week, and occasionally take the primary role in managing inpatients on the dermatology inpatient service. Our clinical sites include ambulatory resident clinic at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dermatology Associates clinic also housed within MedStar Washington, Melanoma and Skin Oncology Center at Washington Cancer Institute, outpatient clinic at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital dermatology practice in Chevy Chase, MD, pediatric dermatology clinic at Children's National Medical Center, and rotations at the National Institutes of Health.

Education: The educational focus of the program is robust including weekly book review conferences, basic science curriculum, journal club, kodachrome didactics, inpatient consult rounds, weekly grand rounds that alternate from MedStar Washington, MedStar Georgetown, and the National Institutes of Health, and clinical research.

Diverse Pathology: The broad range of patient demographics and access to local and national referral centers allows residents to see atypical presentations of common dermatoses as well as very unusual cutaneous diseases. Residents pride themselves on high acceptance rates of submitted cases to local and national meetings such as the American Academy of Dermatology's Gross and Microscopic Case Conference.

Meetings/Conferences: Funding support is available for residents who have abstracts, papers, and posters accepted to travel to and present at regional and national meetings. Additionally, residents enjoy a generous book/educational fund annually to pay for books and supplies. Additionally, all residents are given time to attend the yearly American Academy of Dermatology meeting three times during their training.

Advanced Treatment Modalities: Residents enjoy exposure to advanced treatment modalities including extracorporeal photopheresis, phototherapy, photodynamic therapy, Mohs surgery, laser surgery, and aesthetic procedures.

Living in DC: Our residents work hard but enjoy fulfilling lives in their personal time due in part to the great city in which they live. We have access to some of the greatest cultural and historical sites in the nation including free access to the Smithsonian museums and National Parks as well as great local sports teams, and amazing restaurants and lounges.

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For more information about our program, please contact:

Sarah Seidman
Dermatology Residency Coordinator

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20010

Phone: 202-877-7204
E-mail: Sarah.A.Seidman@MedStar.net