Residency Program

Program Overview

The Dermatology Residency training program at the NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine provides residents with a broad exposure to all aspects of dermatology and dermatologic surgery. Residents rotate through several outpatient clinics and provide inpatient consultation services at multiple institutions including the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Through these rotations, the residents gain comprehensive training experience in the diagnosis and management of all aspects of dermatological conditions among a diverse patient population.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medicine

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medicine is a tertiary care medical center comprised of both inpatient and outpatient services. In 2014, the dermatology outpatient service handled 56,443 outpatient visits. Residents participate in a resident-driven outpatient clinic which includes general dermatology, pediatric dermatology and dermatologic surgery. All clinics are staffed by both full-time and voluntary faculty. The residents also rotate through the faculty practice and have a bi-monthly continuity clinic which allows them to foster interest in a specialized area of dermatology.

The inpatient service performs over 1,000 inpatient consultations per year. The inpatient consultation service at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital enables residents to gain hands-on experience managing dermatologic diseases in acutely ill, hospitalized patients. The residents learn under the supervision of a dedicated director of the inpatient consultation service to develop strategies on how to approach and manage serious skin conditions.

The Dermatologic Surgery Service provides care in all aspects of surgical and cosmetic dermatology. In addition to excisional surgery for a variety of benign and neoplastic processes, over 800 Mohs procedures are performed per year. In addition, training in cosmetic laser procedures, neurotoxin use and filler procedures is provided on a regular basis.

The Dermatopathology Service provides training in the histopathology and diagnosis of inflammatory, neoplastic and genetic skin disorders. In addition to practical experience at the microscope with attending dermatopathologists, the residents attend all dermatopathology conferences, including a weekly didactic session in dermatopathology and weekly clinicopathologic correlation (CPC) sessions.

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Lincoln Hospital, located in the South Bronx, opened a new $2.2 million Children's Health Center in 1999, featuring 49 spacious examination rooms and designed to treat young people from birth to age 19. Lincoln's specialty diabetes clinics include adult, pediatric, pregnancy and diabetes education programs. Lincoln also offers comprehensive asthma and tuberculosis programs, a level I trauma center, critical care services, and women's and children's services.

A highly valued component of the resident clinical training experience, Lincoln hosts approximately 13,500 outpatient visits per year. The clinic provides a mix of both adult and pediatric patients spanning the entire breadth of dermatologic disease. The patient population at Lincoln Hospital provides residents with exposure to chronic and neglected stages of disease, as well as uncommon infectious diseases. The clinics include medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology and a weekly dermatologic surgery clinic. The residents participate in a weekly dermatopathology conference in which cases from each week are reviewed with an attending dermatopathologist. In this way the experience at Lincoln balances other components of the training program.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

This is the world's oldest and largest private institution devoted to patient care, education, and research into cancer and it sits across the street from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medicine. At this tertiary care facility, the outpatient dermatology service specializes in prevention, early detection and treatment of all forms of skin cancer conducting approximately 10,000 initial consultations and follow up consultations per year at our Manhattan campus. The residents participate in a wide range of clinics including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer clinics with a focus on the use of dermoscopy, specialty clinics in cutaneous lymphoma, management of skin toxicities associated with cancer treatments and dermatologic surgery for this patient population, which includes Mohs micrographic surgery. Additionally, the residents are involved in the inpatient consultation service where they gain exposure to dermatologic diseases unique to the immunocompromised patient. The residents receive teaching from the dermatopathology attendings and fellows. This institution has a very large volume of dermatology outpatients and the spectrum of diseases seen is different from that seen at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. It is a very special part of our training program and expands the breadth and depth of the educational experience.

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)

Immediately adjacent to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medicine, HSS is a specialty care hospital focused on the care of rheumatologic and orthopedic disorders, including lupus, scleroderma, and dermatomyositis. Residents rotating through the Dermatology General Outpatient Service spend one-half day per week at HSS focusing on dermatologic conditions arising in patients with collagen vascular diseases.