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Residency Program

The Dermatology Residency Program is a three-year program in which resident physicians beginning at the PGY-2 level receive training in the specialty of dermatology. At completion of their training, residents are qualified to sit for the American Board of Dermatology and provide dermatologic care. Our program now allows for eleven residents. 

Diversity in Medicine and Dermatology

Graduate Medical Education in partnership with the College of Medicine is committed to developing programs that will promote the academic advancement and success of all trainees, faculty and staff; weaving and enhancing cultural and diversity instruction in our curriculum; breaking down racial and ethnic stereotypes and promoting cross-cultural understanding; and promoting multi-cultural scholarship. The College of Medicine diversity goals support the University culture in which diversity and academic excellence are seen as inter-dependent. 

Our program aims to:

  • Provide superior care for the citizens of Oklahoma and surrounding catchment areas.
  • Provide quality education for medical students and residents.
  • Provide a resource in graduate medical education for the State of Oklahoma and its physicians.
  • Provide an environment of inquiry for the advancement of evidence-based Dermatologic care.
  • Provide a diverse learning environment.

Patient care encompasses general and complex dermatology, dermatologic surgery, pediatric dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and dermatopathology. Services are provided in the departmental clinic, OUP Children's Hospital, OUMC and OKC VA hospital, including inpatient consultations. Our fulltime, part-time and volunteer faculty are strongly committed to the department’s mission.

An annual educational stipend is provided, when available, to defray the costs associated with conferences and educational materials.

Residents rotate through specialty clinics on a semi-block schedule basis, allotting roughly 4 weeks in Cosmetics and Mohs surgery, as well as a Dermatopathology block. Each resident also spends time in VA transplant clinic, Cutaneous Lymphoma clinic and Complex Dermatology clinic, plus Skin of Color clinic during various times in training. There is also ample surgical exposure (non-Mohs) at weekly OU and VA minor surgery clinics. There is a monthly Pediatric Dermatology clinic staffed by Dr. Hillary Lawrence (only board-certified Pediatric Dermatologist in state).

Senior residents are provided with away rotation opportunities so they may enhance their dermatologic training. There are opportunities for external learning activities that our program cannot offer. 

Residents actively participate as voting members on departmental and institutional committees.

Faculty and residents are engaged in teaching. Through participation and presentation in daily conferences, Grand Rounds, M&M Conferences, Morphologic Conferences, Surgical and Cosmetic Gems of the Week and Journal Clubs they are able to enhance their knowledge in the specialty. Such residents are expected to contribute to scholarly activity under the direction of faculty.

Each month, residents provide care to indigent patients by volunteering at the Good Shepherd Free Clinic.

Requirements and Objectives: (abridged)

  • Attend resident continuity and faculty clinics, weekly textbook, dermatopathology, clinical Kodachrome, surgery, basic science, journal clubs, resident board review, grand rounds, morphologic and morbidity & mortality conferences and resident and faculty led lectures.
  • Keep accurate procedural logs, required by the ACGME and ABD.
  • Rank above 40th percentile on in-service training exams.
  • Take call according to the schedule assigned.
  • Attend all state dermatological society meetings and the annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting participating in patient and poster presentations.
  • Provide inpatient consultation at OU Medical Center, Children's Hospital and the VA Medical Center.
  • Scholarly activities including speaker presentations, journal and poster submissions.