The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Division of Dermatology jointly sponsor a one-year accredited fellowship which provides intensive training in all aspects of dermatopathology in order to prepare trainees for an academic or community career in the field. Fellows trained in dermatology will participate in an ACGME-approved combination of dermatopathology and pathology with an emphasis on those fields most relevant to dermatopathology. Fellows trained in pathology will work within the dermatopathology service as well as the clinical services of UCLA's prestigious Dermatology Department. All Fellows are provided with the highest level of dermatopathology training, including daily sign-out of many extremely challenging consult cases as well as a high volume of routine cases from community dermatologists and the inpatient services of UCLA Medical Center. A broad range of ancillary studies including immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology are routinely employed by the service. Extensive opportunities for basic science, translational, and clinical research are available including collaborations with UCLA professors studying a wide range of clinical and basic science disciplines. Educational opportunities are limitless. Three fellowship positions are available annually.
Requirements: Board eligible in AP, AP/CP, or dermatology. A California Medical license is required.
Applications: Please contact Fellowship Coordinator, Annetta Pierro at 310-825-5719, to receive the requirements and application, submit curriculum vitae and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to:
G. Peter Sarantopoulos, M.D., Program Director, Dermatopathology Fellowship
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
10833 Le Conte Avenue, Room AS-255C CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1732
Phone: (310) 825-8074
Number of Positions per Year: 1
Prior Education/Training Requirements:
Completion of ACGME-accredited dermatology residency
Description of Training Program:
Under the supervision and tutelage of Dr. Gary Lask, Director of the Dermatologic Surgery Unit and the Dermatology Laser Center, the UCLA Division of Dermatology offers a one-year ACGME-accredited Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship. This fellowship is certified by both the ACGME and the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS). The fellow divides their time between the UCLA campus and the West LA Veterans Affairs Hospital. These two campuses allow the fellow the flexibility to learn procedural dermatology in an academic university setting, while also functioning as the primary surgeon for the majority of the cases at the VA.
The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship focuses on 3 key areas: cutaneous oncologic surgery with an emphasis on Mohs surgery, cutaneous reconstructive surgery, and cutaneous cosmetic surgery. In addition to a strong emphasis on Mohs micrographic surgery, the fellow will also have extensive exposure to all aspects of procedural dermatology. The fellow gains extensive experience in laser surgery, including laser hair removal, nonablative and ablative photorejuvenation, laser tattoo removal, vascular lesions lasers, and broadband light sources. The fellow will also gain hands-on cosmetics experience treating patients with Botox and fillers for soft tissue augmentation. Finally, our fellows have the opportunity to gain experience with liposuction, sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation, microdermabrasion, hair transplantation, blepharoplasty, and many other procedures.
The greatest strength of the UCLA Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship is our incredible faculty. In addition to Dr. Lask, the fellow will also have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside leaders in the field of dermatologic surgery, including: Dr. Frederick Beddingfield, Dr. Richard Bennett, Dr. David Beynet, Dr. Joseph Greco, Dr. Vincent Hung, Dr. Malcolm Ke, Dr. Jenny Kim, Dr. Patrick Lee, Dr. Adam Rotunda, and Dr. Teresa Soriano. We also collaborate with colleagues in Head & Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Oculoplastic Surgery; the fellow has the opportunity to rotate with all of these services to broaden their educational experience.
The intent of the UCLA Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship is to train and prepare our fellows for a future career in an academic setting. As such, the fellow will play an active role in the dermatologic surgery education of the UCLA dermatology residents by teaching and assisting the residents in their weekly dermatologic surgery clinic, as well as participating in the dermatologic surgery lecture curriculum and journal club. The fellow will also design and implement a clinical research project during their year, which should generate either publication or a presentation at a national meeting.