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Top row from left to right: Sven Oertel, Christopher Burkenstock, M.D., Taylor Hilton, M.D.,
Bottom row from left to right: Sherilyn Munoz, Thomas Nicotri Jr., M.D.,
The primary objective of the LSUHSC residency training program in dermatology is to impart the best possible teaching and learning experience for dermatology residents in training. In that context, each resident who finishes three years of dermatology training at LSUHSC will be prepared in the best manner possible for a career in dermatological practice, academics, research, or further fellowship training, whatever his or her career choice may be. The trainee will also become prepared to practice ethical medicine so that they will bring credit to the entire discipline of dermatology. They will encourage to treat patients and ancillary personnel with respect and dignity, always learning the art of being a caring physician. The trainee will also learn the value of teaching others so that they will become engaged in the lifelong pursuit of passing on the knowledge they have learned.
The resident will be encouraged to become proficient in the entire discipline of dermatology and will be prepared to be a good medical dermatologist with expertise in physical diagnostic skills and management of medical dermatological problems. The resident will also be expected to become especially skilled in the recognition of the cutaneous signs of systemic disease. In the first year of training, residents will do a voluminous amount of reading in order to develop a strong foundation in medical dermatology. Second and third year residents will continue to build on this foundation that was developed in the first year. During the entire residency, trainees will become proficient in the subdisciplines of dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery, immunodermatology, mycology and other fields within microbiology, basic science as pertains to dermatology, photobiology, general medicine, and both medical and surgical dermatological therapy. Each resident will be expected to review one subject, and will perform an individual research project at some time during their training to be presented at a special lectureship during their third year of training. Each resident should become proficient in dermatologic procedures, including laboratory examinations pertinent to dermatology, allergy and ultraviolet light testing, the entire spectrum of dermatologic surgery, and ultraviolet light therapy.
During their training, residents will develop good dermatological history taking and physical examination skills, as well as good clinical judgment in patient management. They should develop good communication skills with patients and with other physicians and ancillary personnel. A high level of ethical conduct should always be maintained along with high standards of emotional maturity, dependability, and acceptance of responsibility. More advanced residents will impart their knowledge to junior residents, and all residents will improve their own knowledge through the teaching of students in the clinics and in special lectures that will be given to second year students in the course on Introduction to Clinical Medicine.