Elective Rotations for Residents and Clinical Fellows: Dermatology

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Elective Description

The Dermatology Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases offers elective rotations to selected Dermatology residents in their 2nd or 3rd year of residency training. This rotation is intended for residents who are interested in careers in medical dermatology (especially academic medical dermatology) and emphasizes evaluation and treatment of challenging dermatologic conditions in the inpatient and outpatient consultative settings. Residents are expected to be integral participants in the multi-disciplinary management of complex medical conditions, and will work closely with many services, including infectious diseases, rheumatology, immunology and oncology to optimize patient care. Residents will participate in daily consultation clinics as well as bedside consultations. Patients seen by the consultation service are referred from all departments of the NIH Clinical Center and have a broad spectrum of underlying medical and surgical problems, including many rare conditions. Major areas of emphasis include diagnosis and management of graft-versus-host disease, primary immunodeficiencies, genodermatoses, and adverse reactions to early-phase therapeutic agents.

The Dermatology resident works with the team every weekday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and approximately 5:00 p.m. Dermatology consultation clinics and specialty clinics are held daily. Inpatients will be evaluated daily as medically indicated.

Required conferences include NIH Dermatology Grand Rounds (which the resident will lead), Dermatology Grand Rounds at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, basic science journal club and clinical research journal club. Residents also participate in dermatopathology signout twice weekly. Medical Grand Rounds and other educational opportunities are available but not required. There is no required evening or weekend duty.

Elective Objectives

  • Foster development of expertise in the evaluation and treatment of rare dermatologic conditions
  • Learn how to write complete, clear and concise "Consultation Notes" regarding complicated patients
  • Develop an algorithm for the approach to the accurate diagnosis of adverse drug reactions
  • Learn about the research studies in which patients are participating in the Dermatology Branch and the NIH Clinical Research Center
  • Present educational cases to the DC Dermatology community at NIH Grand Rounds

Selection of Applicants

One Dermatology resident is scheduled at a time for a minimum of four weeks. Vacation or other leave requests during the rotation is strongly discouraged. Recipients of Medical Dermatology Society and Women's Dermatology Society elective travel scholarships are welcomed.


  • Edward W. Cowen, MD, MHSc, Senior Clinician and Chief, Dermatology Consultation Service, Dermatology Branch
  • Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, PhD, Staff Clinician, Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Laboratory and Attending Physician, Dermatology Consultation service Dermatology Branch
  • Isaac Brownell, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator and Chief, Cutaneous Development and Carcinogenesis Section, Dermatology Branch
  • Heidi H. Kong, MD, MHSc, Senior Investigator and Chief, Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section, Dermatology Branch
  • Keisuke (Chris) Nagao, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator and Chief, Cutaneous Leukocyte Biology Section, Dermatology Branch

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This page last updated on 11/07/2022

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