Goals and Objectives

The UC San Diego Dermatology Residency Training Program is a 3-year ACGME-accredited training program designed and organized to provide residents with both clinical experience and a broad foundation in academic dermatology. At the conclusion of the training program, all residents should be able to deliver superior specialized care to patients with a variety of dermatological conditions, including diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes.

This experience is designed to provide varied and broad training in a progressive and systemic manner. Instruction in the basic sciences and clinical dermatology is emphasized with exposure to and training in research methodology and teaching skills.

Rotations provide core knowledge, experience, and skills necessary for the effective practice of dermatology as a specialty. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge, skill and expertise in dermatopathology, surgical dermatology, and pediatric dermatology, although educational experience in all aspects of clinical dermatologic care is provided during the three-year course of training. Emphasis is placed on teaching and encouraging study habits and skills that will foster lifelong learning.

Continuity of patient care is also stressed throughout the three years of training. Facilities available at the three major teaching institutions are designed and equipped to accomplish these objectives. Teaching faculty have been selected for their expertise and competence and for their demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm for teaching. The program seeks to provide a scholarly and supportive educational environment conducive to meeting these goals. Successful completion of the program will qualify the candidate for the American Board of Dermatology certifying examination. Historically, residents from this program have been very well prepared for this examination.