Dermatology Residency Program
Meet Residency Program Director Dr. Sacharitha Bowers
Read why Dr. Sacharitha Bowers, residency program director and SIU Medicine alumna, thinks SIU Dermatology is a "true gem" and how the program will help residents like you achieve your full potential.
From the beginning, resident education has been the heart of SIU Dermatology. Our dermatologists are enthusiastic teachers and learners, and we endeavor to provide our residents with excellent and enjoyable training in medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and dermatopathology. Responsibility and autonomy are advanced according to the abilities of the learner, such that residents are well-prepared for independent practice upon completion of the program. We pride ourselves on a collegial and supportive environment and continually strive to treat our patients with the same attention and respect that we would desire for our own families.
The mission of the Division of Dermatology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is to recruit a diverse and inclusive workforce and train dermatology residents to be excellent clinicians and surgeons in the dermatologic care of adult and pediatric patients. This mission will be achieved through robust education, scholarly pursuit and service to the patients of Central and Southern Illinois. In doing so, we will provide culturally responsive and equitable medical and surgical care for general skin health as well as diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes.
The SIU Dermatology Residency Program adopts the goal set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as defined in the Dermatology Program Requirements:
Provide residents with the educational and practical experience that will enable them to deliver superior specialized care to patients with diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes.This goal will be attained by mastering the competency-based objectives outlined as follows:
Experience in the care of dermatology patients:
The resident must understand the basic anatomy, physiology and molecular biology of the skin, its appendages, and related organ systems, in order to accurately diagnose and appropriately manage conditions that affect these systems.
In order to provide excellent care that is responsible, effective, and compassionate, curricular knowledge and clinical competence in the areas of general dermatology, dermatopathology and dermatologic surgery, must be achieved and demonstrated.
Experience in scholarly activity:
- The resident should develop and maintain habits of scholarly inquiry and discovery to ensure life-long learning and professional development. Acquiring and mastering these skills will occur by learning to evaluate past and current research findings, participating in the development of novel discovery, then applying this knowledge in a clinically appropriate manner. Scholarly participation includes the sharing of knowledge and engaging in the teaching of peers, students, patients, and the general public.
Experience in professional development and quality improvement:
The resident should demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, cultural responsiveness and a sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
The resident should be receptive to constructive feedback and be able to investigate, evaluate and improve their patient care practices.
During the course of their training, the resident should also develop an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context of the health care system and be able to effectively call on system resources to advocate for patients and provide optimal care that is holistic and multidisciplinary in nature.
The Division of Dermatology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in dermatology, decreasing healthcare disparities and improving health equity for our community and beyond. We acknowledge that workforce and healthcare inequity is harmful for patients and is unacceptable. We commit to approaching workforce recruitment, trainee education, and patient care with an intentional, culturally responsive focus on diversity and inclusion and through an equity lens.
Benefits Provided by Dermatology Program
Books & Equipment: The division purchases the required dermatology, dermatopathology, and dermatologic surgery textbooks for each resident. A camera and dermatoscope are provided to each resident to use during their training period.
Ongoing Professional Development
-Indiana University Basic Science Course (residents may attend each year; registration and housing covered)
-American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting (may attend each year; registration covered)
-Scripps Superficial Anatomy and Cutaneous Surgery (may attend during the PGY4 year; registration and a stipend toward housing are covered)
-Residents have the option of attending Chicago Dermatology meetings
-A total of six interview days during PGY4 year