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Curriculum - Internal Medicine/Dermatology at MedStar Washington

The medical dermatology program formally integrates the internal medicine and dermatology curriculums to provide residents with balanced education and experience in these two areas.

Training begins with the PGY 1 internship program in internal medicine at Washington Hospital Center. PGY 2 is equivalent to year one in the straight dermatology program.

In PGY 3-5, medical dermatology residents complete alternating six month blocks in medicine and dermatology. Throughout their training program, residents maintain continuity clinics in both internal medicine and dermatology.

The 18 months of dermatology blocks in years three through five provide the full level of training as obtained by regular dermatology residents in the 24 months of their PGY 2 and PGY 3 programs, with some reduction in elective time for the medical dermatology resident. The 18 months of internal medicine training during PGY 3-5 provides core internal medicine and subspecialty experiences that emphasize the overlap of cutaneous manifestations in internal medicine diseases.

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For more information, contact:

Mary Ellen Hanssen
Dermatology and Medical Dermatology Residency Coordinator

Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

Phone: (202) 877-6654
E-mail: mary.e.hanssen@medstar.net