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Department of Dermatology

Department of Dermatology

ACGME Procedural Dermatology Fellowship

Overview

The training position is an ACGME approved procedural dermatology fellowship. The position is one year in length and offers extensive training in Mohs surgery, laser surgery, and cosmetic dermatology.

The ACGME requires that the Procedural Fellowship only accept applicants who have completed a Dermatology Residency in an ACGME approved Program.

This is a combined surgery and laser fellowship with a well-organized curriculum in a warm and friendly environment. Our goal is to train fellows who will continue to contribute to the field long after completing their training.

Mohs Surgery

The surgical portion of the program will occurs at the UC Davis Department of Dermatology in Sacramento as well as at the Veterans Affairs Hhospital in Mather. We currently have three Mohs college-trained faculty on staff: Dan Eisen, Tom King and Victoria Sharon. Each of the faculty trained in different locations, thus the fellow will see many different approaches to both Mohs surgery and wound closure. The surgical curriculum will include hands-on experience using the Mohs technique, reconstructive methods including, second intention healing, primary closure, grafts, and flaps. The vast majority of the surgery sites are closed by the faculty themselves. However, on occasion we also collaborate with our colleagues in plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery and oculoplastic surgery. When this occurs the fellow will usually have the opportunity to work with these other subspecialists. Our faculty performs well over 1,000 Mohs procedures a year and the fellow will typically perform 600-700 cases as the primary surgeon.

Laser Surgery and Cosmetics

The laser and cosmetic experience occurs at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California with Dr. Suzanne Kilmer, which is a short distance away from the UC Davis dermatology facility in Sacramento. Dr. Kilmer has 20 years of experience in the use of lasers in cutaneous medicine and has been the principal investigator for numerous clinical trials including landmark studies using lasers for tattoo, hair, pigment and vessel removal, non-ablative and ablative laser resurfacing, fractional erbium and CO2 lasers, tissue tightening and fat removal devices, and several filler studies. She has at least 25 lasers and light-based devices at her facility and is on nine device medical advisory boards, ensuring that the fellow will be trained with the latest technology.

Research

The fellow has half a day every week without clinical responsibilities to complete research projects and scholarly work. Previous fellows have completed work leading on average to several peer reviewed publications or book chapters. The faculty will do their best to support any interests the fellow may wish to pursue.

Structure

The program is structured so that every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings are spent performing doing Mohs surgery. We usually see five patients per morning. Wednesdays and Thursday afternoons are spent with Dr. Kilmer doing cosmetic and laser procedures. Monday and Tuesday afternoons the fellow has their own autonomous lumps and bumps excision and surgery follow up clinics. Dr. Eisen is available on site during both of these autonomous clinics should any consultation be desired. Our program has an organized dermatologic surgery journal club that meets monthly as well as a book club that reviews a dermatologic surgery text, and a complications and closure conference. These are informal lunch time meetings that occur on Tuesdays.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

Mohs

Mohs

Laser/Cosmetics

Mohs

Mohs

PM

Exc Clinic

FU Clinic

Laser/Cosmetics

Laser/Cosmetics

Research

 

Additional Opportunities

Since this is a university-based fellowship, there are lots of opportunities to assist with resident teaching in terms of talks and discussions. The department also sponsors the fellow to attend the Greenway anatomy course in San Diego, as well as the American College of Mohs Surgery. Additional conference time is available for other meetings if the fellow is presenting the results of their research projects there.

Selection Process

Our program is ideally suited to those who would like to learn cosmetic, laser, and Mohs procedures. We want our fellows to be thoroughly versed in as many facets of procedural dermatology as possible. Our fellows spend a day and a half each week doing cosmetic and laser procedures, thus those interested solely in Mohs surgery would be better served in another program. Our ideal candidate is someone with a history of scholarship, strong letters of recommendation, and interest in both Mohs and cosmetic procedures.

We are strong believers in the match process and feel every applicant should be free to select programs on their merits without coercion. We do not pressure our applicants in any way and do not make out of match deals with either our own residents or others. Our selection process is blinded. Each of our three primary faculty ranks applicants independently and then the lists are averaged by our fellowship coordinator prior to any discussion, so none of us knows how our list will turn out prior to the end of interviews. This ensures an unbiased process.

Dates and Deadlines

If you would like to apply we request that you have a license to practice medicine within the U.S. at the time of application. In addition to the new standard application San Francisco Match requires, we would like you to send us a personal statement, current color photo(passport size), and copy of your most recent ABD in-service exam scores. We look forward to meeting you during the interview season.

In order to improve the fellowship experience we have changed our start date to August 1st to allow the fellow to take their Board exam without worrying about moving and adjusting to a new situation. Thus the program will now be August 1st to July 31st.

Positions Available to Start August 1, 2015: 1
Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 20, 2014
Interview Dates: September - November 2014

Contact Info

Please contact our fellowship and residency coordinator Laurel Sorensen for more information.

University of California Davis [Program #: 44168]
Dept of Dermatology
3301 C Street, #1400
Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916-734-6371 (Laurel's direct line)
Fax: 916-442-5702

Laurel Sorensen, Coordinator, Mohs Fellowship
E-mail: laurel.sorensen@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Daniel Eisen, M.D., Director
Thomas King, M.D., Co-Director
Suzanne Kilmer, M.D., Co-Director
Victoria Sharon, M.D., Co-Director
Type of Training: Clinical + Research
Years of Training: 1
Approved by: ACGME