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Department of Dermatology

Department of Dermatology

Resident Curriculum


Summary of the UC Davis Dermatology Residency Program from the Residents' Perspective

We are currently training 15 residents and match for five new residents each year. In addition, one MOHS Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology Fellow is selected each year.


  • Six hours per week on average of didactics
  • Textbook Review
  • Dermatopathology Lecture Series
  • Surgery Lecture Series
  • Dermatopathology Slide Review Sessions
  • Grand Rounds
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month
  • Patient viewing and basic science or clinical dermatology presentation
  • International Teledermatology Grand Rounds on average once every 3 months
  • Sacramento Valley Dermatology Society meetings every 2 months with live patient viewing
  • Faculty lectures
  • Journal Club monthly
  • Kodachromes
  • Resident Jeopardy
  • Suture Sessions
  • Annual cadaver lab

Rotations and Clinics

  • Consult and inpatient service
    • Four to eight weeks of consult rotation per year
  • Resident Continuity Clinic
    • Two half-days per week
  • Dermatopathology
    • Four to eight weeks of dedicated one-on-one dermatopathology sign-out per year
  • VA Hospital Rotation
  • University Clinic Rotation
  • Surgery Rotation
    • Mohs Surgery and other surgical procedures
      • 1,000-2,000 procedures per year – also includes a significant number of grafts (Split or full) and flaps
      • Two+ dermatologic surgeons – always one-on-one experience in surgical clinics
      • Four to eight weeks of a dedicated surgical rotation each PGY year
      • Additional surgical procedures include but are not limited to: TCA peel, Pulsed Dye Laser, Laser Hair Removal, photodynamic therapy, nail surgery, excision, shave, punch and excisional biopsy, Botox for rhytides and hyperhidrosis (palms, soles, axilla), regional nerve blocks, wide margin excision, Mohs surgery (as above), full thickness and split thickness grafting, advanced reconstructions utilizing flaps, dermabrasion, non ablative resurfacing, subscission, scar revision, nail plate avulsio, and many others
      • Nail surgery clinic at the VA hospital
  • Cosmetics clinics and teaching sessions
  • Elective
    • Two to four weeks of elective in 2nd or 3rd year (electives outside of UC Davis Medical Center are allowed)
  • Specialty Clinics
    • Psoriasis (Dr. Raychaudhuri)
    • Pigmented lesions and melanoma (Dr. Burrall)
    • Mucosal dermatology (Dr. Fazel)
    • Vesiculobullous and collagen vascular diseases (Dr. Maverakis)
    • Teledermatology (Dr. Ely)
    • Pediatric Dermatology (Dr. Awasthi)
    • Cosmetics (Dr. Eisen)
    • Mohs Surgery (Dr. Eisen, Dr. Sharon)
    • Wound healing and ulcers (Dr. Isseroff)
    • Rheumatology/Allergy (Dr. Naguwa, Dr. Teuber)
    • Quarterly Multidisciplinary Vascular Anomalies Clinic
    • Phototherapy
    • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Research (not a required rotation)
    • An additional year of research is optional, but not required. Research interests are:
      • Rivkah Isseroff, M.D. – Wound healing and epithelial cell migration
      • Fu-Tong Liu, M.D., Ph.D. – Mast cells, galectins
      • Emanual Maverakis, M.D. – Autoreactive T cells in autoimmunity, immunotherapy
      • Yoshikazu Takada, M.D., Ph.D. – Cell signaling and the Integrins
      • Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D. – Cell growth and wound healing
      • William Murphy, Ph.D. – Cancer immunology and immunotherapy

Equipment and procedures

  • Botulinum toxin
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Soft tissue augmentation/skinfillers
  • Lasers Phototherapy (>7000 light therapy patients – on-site UVB broadband, UVB narrowband, PUVA, etc.)
  • Resurfacing techniques (including laser dermabrasion, chemical peel, rhinophyma, and non-ablative rejuvenation)
  • Patch testing
  • Intralesional and intramuscular injections
  • Scar revision
  • Excisional surgery
  • Mohs surgery

Medical records

  • All medical records at UC Davis Medical Center and the VA are entirely electronic.
  • Access to all documentation (from UC Davis Medical Center and the VA) is available via VPN on any computer outside UC Davis Medical Center – includes electronic ordering system, dermatopathology results, and access to radiology reports and images.

Vacation, Academic Conferences, and Moonlighting

  • Four weeks of vacation + four conference days
  • Additional conference days are permitted for one conference per year if resident is presenting (must be approved by Program Director)
  • Education stipend and GME relocation allowance
  • Moonlighting is allowed in the 2nd and 3rd years, at the discretion of the Program Director