Procedural Dermatology Fellowship Program
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.
The surgical portion of the program will occur at the UC Davis Department of Dermatology in Sacramento as well as at the Veterans Affairs hospital 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 1000 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.
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.
The program is structured so that every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings are spent 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.
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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.
Ideal Candidate and 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 rank 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.
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.
In summary, this is a combined surgery and laser fellowship with a well-organized curriculum in a warm friendly environment. Our goal is to train fellows who will continue to contribute to the field long after completing their training.
If you’d like to apply we request that you have a license to practice medicine within the US at the time of application. We would also like a CV, personal statement, medical school transcript, and three letters of recommendation, which should be sent directly from your letter writers. One letter should be from a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, and another from your department chair. We look forward to meeting you during the interview season. 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)
Laurel Sorensen, Coordinator, Mohs Fellowship
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
Dates and Deadlines
ACGME Procedural Dermatology Fellowship
Positions Available to Start August 1, 2014: 1
Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Interview Dates: September - November 2013