The mission of the Dermatology Residency Program is to train physicians to be outstanding dermatology clinicians, educators, researchers and leaders. Program Director Dr. Robert Modlin and Associate Program Directors Dr. Scott Worswick, Dr. Marcia Hogeling, and Dr. Melvin Chiu ensure that UCLA residents receive a multidisciplinary experience where they will gain expertise in general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery and cosmetics.
In addition to the clinical portion of training, some of the residents in the UCLA Dermatology Program are involved in the UCLA Specialty Training and Research (STAR) Program. The UCLA STAR Program is committed to promoting careers in academic medicine by combining the dermatology residency program with a two-year protected postdoctoral fellowship.
The UCLA dermatology resident curriculum uses an integrated curriculum, which encompasses textbook review, journal clubs, and lectures. Monthly journal clubs review current basic science, general dermatology, dermatopathology, and dermatologic surgery articles. Lectures are given by UCLA faculty as well as by residents. Lecture goals are to discuss, enhance, and review reading material. In addition, each resident presents a Grand Rounds lecture to the UCLA faculty and residents every year. Topics range from basic science and clinical research to disease management and board preparatory material.
The West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Hospital is an integral part of the residency training program. The hospital is located about 10 minutes from the Westwood campus, and the clinic meets for 5 half days per week. Four residents staff the clinic each day, three for medical dermatology and one for Mohs surgery. The faculty at the West LA VA includes several of the full-time faculty from the residency program, as well as several voluntary academic affiliates who are based in private practice. Dr. Jenny Kim is the chief of the dermatology section at the West LA VA. There is extensive surgical experience at this site, including over 600 Mohs cases per year. Dr. David Beynet is the Associate Director of Dermatologic Surgery there. Residents also get hands-on experience running the phototherapy center, supervised by Dr. Melvin Chiu.
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a county hospital located in the north end of the San Fernando Valley, approximately 30 minutes from UCLA. The county facility, re-built in May 1987, has both inpatient and outpatient services to meet the needs of low income and indigent patients, as well as the surrounding middle class community. Among the outpatient facilities, the dermatology clinic at Olive View has a unique patient population with wide-ranging pathology, encompassing inflammatory, autoimmune and neoplastic skin disorders. Approximately 50% of patients are Hispanic, while the other 50% are Caucasians, Asians, African-Americans and many other diverse ethnicities. Olive View is also the referral center for the ValleyCare system of County-operated clinics. These community-based clinics serve residents of the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valleys in north Los Angeles County, and provide Olive View with a large patient population and an extraordinary breadth of diversity. Dr. Delphine Lee serves as the Director of Resident Education at the Olive View Dermatology Clinic.
The Los Angeles Metro Dermatological Society holds eight educational meetings per year for dermatologists in the greater Los Angeles area. The evening meetings are composed of live patient presentations, invited speakers, interactive discussion panels, and histologic presentations. Each of the regional residency programs, UCLA, USC, UC Irvine and Kaiser Los Angeles, hosts one meeting. During these university meetings, interesting patients are invited for viewing, after which the residents give a formal case presentation to the members of the society. The society gives the residents an opportunity to meet and interact with other dermatology residents, with academic dermatologists at other institutions, as well as with dermatologists in private practice.
Camp Wonder is a week-long camp for children with skin disease that is held once a year in Livermore, California. The camp is free for the children and is staffed by volunteers and supported by charitable donations. Campers are affected by a wide range of skin conditions including epidermolysis bullosa, ichthyosis, basal cell nevus syndrome, ectodermal dysplasia, and many others. Campers are able to participate in activities such as swimming, boating, arts and crafts, archery, fishing, nature walks, and theater; and to bond with other children their age experiencing similar medical concerns.
Traditionally, UCLA resident clinics are cancelled for the week of camp and UCLA residents and faculty are able to join volunteers from UCSF, Stanford, and USC to provide medical services for the campers in attendance. Camp Wonder provides a wonderful opportunity for residents and faculty to gain new insight into the daily burdens of severe skin disease while helping to provide a much needed respite for campers and their parents.
The Residency Training program in Dermatology at UCLA offers, in addition to the traditional 3 year clinical program, a specialty training and advanced research track, the STAR Program. This program is designed for those who plan careers as physician-scientists combining patient care with research. Residents in the STAR track receive complete clinical Dermatology training for board certification and in addition, are provided with supported protected time to pursue advanced research training. For those entering the residency with the M.D./Ph.D., 2-3 years of post-doctoral research time is provided. For those entering with the M.D., opportunity and support is provided to obtain a Ph.D. in the area of interest to the resident.
The UCLA STAR Program is a medical school-wide program with participants in all of the Divisions of the Department of Medicine. An overview of the STAR program can be found on the website.
What is your accreditation status?
The UCLA Dermatology Residency Program has full ACGME accreditation.
What electives are available?
Residents have elective time to rotate through other UCLA subspecialties (e.g., Plastic Surgery, Rheumatology, etc.) or other electives created on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, residents rotate through the following UCLA Dermatology subspecialty clinics:
What meetings do residents attend?
Residents are allowed to attend the Annual AAD Meeting; coverage for clinics, UCLA consult and VA consult will be split as evenly as possible among first year residents. STAR Residents can also attend the annual SID meeting.
How many vacation days are allotted per year to a resident?
Four 1-week blocks of vacation are allowed each year. A ‘week’ is Monday-Sunday. If a holiday falls during this week, the additional compensatory days must be taken immediately before or after the vacation week by the discretion of the Chief Resident, depending on other vacation schedules and availability of other residents for clinic coverage. Requests for additional time off for any other purpose (except that qualifying as sick leave) should be submitted to the program director for review two months in advance. Regulations regarding sick leave and maternity leave are detailed in the Housestaff Manual. Graduating residents may be allowed to attend Board Review Meetings and job interviews. These must be presented and pre-approved by the Residency Program Director at his discretion.
Does your program offer “pre-match” or other positions outside of the NRMP Match?
Our program offers residency positions only through the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program).
Does your program accept applicants who have done a prior residency?
Yes, we are able to accept applicants who have had previous residency training.
Does your program accept applicants who are already board certified in another specialty?
Yes, we are able to accept applicants who have had previous residency training.
In applying for the Dermatology residency, can one apply to both the Clinical and the STAR Programs?
No. You must choose one track only, either the straight clinical Dermatology program or the STAR Dermatology program. They are separate matches. Applications for both programs will not be accepted, you will be contacted by the Coordinator to pick one program. If one program isn’t selected, your application may not be reviewed.
If you are in the STAR Dermatology Residency Program, when are you eligible to sit for the Dermatology boards?
STAR Dermatology residents are eligible to take the boards at the end of the 4th year of residency (PGY-5).
If a STAR resident chooses to leave the STAR residency program, can they transfer into the clinical residency tract to complete their training?
There is no guarantee that a position in the traditional clinical program will be available at the time requested. The residency slots are restricted in number within each program so such a switch is very unlikely. The Division of Dermatology will make every attempt to be of assistance in finding a new placement, but the chances of success are very low.
What salary and benefits do Dermatology residents receive?
Please visit the UCLA Graduate Medical Education website for more information.
Copy of the residency contract.
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Where can I stay while interviewing at UCLA?
No formal accommodations are provided for visiting applicants. However, lodging is available within close proximity to the Medical Center. The following are listed for your convenience:
Submit to ERAS all your application documents by October 1, 2016.
Graduates of International Medical Schools must possess valid ECFMG certificates, be eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship and have the State of California eligibility letter at the time of application.
Please apply to only one track, either clinical or STAR, as only one application will be accepted. Refer to ERAS for the status of your application. We will review applications and select from the candidates with complete applications as of the deadline. At that time we will contact candidates for interviews that will take place during December and January. If you have any further questions, contact Jennifer Serpas at (310) 794-9554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.