"I was impressed with how well the residents worked with the attendings and amongst each other. I was impressed with the educational curriculum layed in place to assure proper preparation for boards and future practice. Springfield also felt like a great place for my family of 5 to live while I was in training." - W. Sean Burke, Dermatology Resident
Lucinda S. Buescher, M.D.
Professor and Chief
Assistant program director:
Sacharitha Bowers, MD
Length of program:
One year of internal medicine followed by three years of dermatology
The dermatology residency program educates you to become an expert physician in the field of cutaneous medicine. Based on the knowledge acquired through the training program, dermatology graduates are board eligible in dermatology and prepared to practice this specialty in a private or academic setting, or pursue subspecialty fellowship training.
Training to become a specialist in diseases of the skin, hair and nails is a four-year process. The first year of residency training consists of an internship in internal medicine, which fulfills the requirement by the American Board of Dermatology. The remaining three years of training are focused on comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic management of cutaneous diseases in patients of all ages. Each resident spends a majority of clinical time seeing patients in an office setting with faculty supervision. The dermatology division also treats inpatients at Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital.
Understanding the pathophysiology of the skin is essential for practicing in this rapidly changing medical field. The basic and clinical science of dermatology is taught over the three-year period in a number of weekly conferences and lectures. These conferences revolve around assigned reading in the latest dermatology texts and periodicals. Monthly dermatology grand rounds with participating community specialists provide an additional opportunity to see a number of interesting patients.
One of the program's assets is its dedicated faculty. There are six full time academic dermatologists, including two Mohs surgeons and one dermatopathologist, as well as one part-time pediatric dermatologist. All clinical encounters are closely supervised by the faculty, but patients are assigned to residents as their "primary" dermatologists. This provides a great deal of patient-resident continuity during the course of training.
Residents have the opportunity to acquire skills in a diverse spectrum of dermatologic procedures. These include phototherapy, cutaneous surgery (including Mohs micrographic surgery), laser surgery, sclerotherapy, botox, chemical peels and tissue augmentation. Opportunities exist to participate in clinical research projects.
The dermatology residency program accepts two residents each year through the National Residency Match Program. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Applications may be filed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Division of Dermatology
SIU School of Medicine
P. O. Box 19644
Springfield, IL 62794-9644
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