Didactic Curriculum

Core Curriculum Lectures

The Core Curriculum Clinical and Basic Science Lecture Series is a weekly one–to–two hour lecture series designed to provide residents with a comprehensive, broad-based exposure to dermatologic disorders. The clinical and basic science aspects of a given topic in dermatology are covered in depth. In preparation for the lectures, residents read relevant chapters in Fitzpatrick and Bologna and any other assigned supplemental readings. Members of the full-time and part-time faculty teach the series.

Book Club

Residents read selected chapters weekly from Andrews’ and Bologna textbooks. The discussions are led by the senior residents and may involve self-directed quizzes.

Journal Review

The key dermatology journals, JAAD, Archives of Dermatology, and JID are reviewed monthly. Various members of the faculty lead discussions of important articles in JAAD and Archives of Dermatology, as well as relevant dermatologic articles from the general medical and pediatric literature. Dr. Bickers reviews the JID monthly with the residents. Drs. Lewin and Samie lead a surgical journal review quarterly.

Surgery Lectures and Demonstrations

Lectures and demonstrations covering all aspects of dermatologic surgery are given by various members of the faculty 2–3 times monthly. These usually take place on “Surgical” Tuesdays from 12:00–1:30 PM or after Surgery Clinic. Surgical lectures are also given on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Pigs feet surgical practice sessions are held 4 times a year under the supervision of the surgery faculty.


Dermatopathology “unknown” slides are assigned weekly to review prior to the conference on Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 PM. Residents may consult textbooks and each other. Dr. Silvers leads a discussion of the characteristic dermatopathology findings, pathologic differential diagnosis, and clinical-pathologic correlations. A teaching set of slides is also available for additional, independent study. Dr. Husain gives a series of weekly, one-hour lectures on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM, which cover the fundamentals of dermatopathology.

Clinical Kodachromes

This weekly Kodachrome review takes place on Fridays from 12:00–2:00 PM. Dr. Schneiderman has an extensive slide collection and is a superb clinician and teacher. Each week, he shows a series of clinical slides on selected topics. He calls on individual residents to give a differential diagnosis of each slide, with little clinical history provided, until the correct diagnosis is reached or until all the slides of the entity have been shown. Dr. Schneiderman then briefly discusses the salient features of the disorder. It is an outstanding learning exercise, which serves to sharpen the residents’ observational skills and diagnostic acumen.

Morphology Conference

This conference, supervised by Dr. Schneiderman, takes place on Friday mornings at 11:30 AM following Milstein consult rounds. Each week, 3–5 patients from the Resident or Faculty Practice with distinctive or unusual cutaneous findings are examined and discussed. Residents are expected to generate a differential diagnosis based on the cutaneous findings without any history. The purpose of this exercise is to sharpen the skills of observation and description. The history and laboratory work-up, if available, are then presented and correlated with the cutaneous findings. Further diagnostic tests and therapeutics are discussed. Literature searches may be assigned.

Consultation Rounds

Bedside teaching rounds are conducted weekly on Friday mornings from 8:00–11:00 AM. Residents are brought to see interesting patients on the Milstein consult service. Literature searches and discussions of interesting diseases and therapeutic options are often presented.

"Super Wednesday" Clinical Conference

The Department’s Medical Education Day generally takes place on the fourth Wednesday of the month, September through May, except in December and March. An integral part of this day is the Clinical Conference, which involves the presentation of interesting patients from the resident, faculty, and private practices. Individual residents are responsible for the case presentations and each resident presents an average of 5 cases per year. The May Conference is an entirely resident-led conference presenting the most interesting cases of the year from the Milstein consultation service.