Didactic Education & Conferences

Our residents have access to many unique educational opportunities and a proactive approach to one's own education is fostered and encouraged. We expect our residents to be academically curious and pursue a scholarly project of their interest. Through our mentorship program, residents work with one or multiple mentors to identify a fulfilling academic pursuit.

Significant time each week is devoted to resident education and department conferences.

Didactic conferences include:

  • Monday Morning (8-9 AM): IN2SKIN/Morning report
  • Tuesday afternoon (1-5 PM): Text review, dermatopathology teaching, kodachrome sessions
  • Friday morning (7 AM-12 PM): Grand Rounds, Journal Clubs, faculty lectures, Research in Progress

Clinical conferences:

  • Monthly cutaneous lymphoma conference
  • Weekly multidisciplinary tumor board for locally advanced and metastatic cutaneous oncology patients (melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, rare cutaneous tumors)
  • Weekly inpatient teaching rounds

Resident Research

We have a unique funding mechanism for resident research that is lead by former dermatology residents Drs. Mark Herron and Clive Liu.  A strong resident alumni network makes generous annual donations to fund resident research. Typically over $30,000 is available for current residents to perform research annually.  We are committed to giving our residents the time, money, and mentorship to pursue their academic interests. Residents are expected to choose a project and publish their findings.

Recent projects funded and undertaken by our residents include:

  • Investigation of relationships between vascular malformations and melanoma: epidemiologic and genetic study (Dr. Alice Frigerio)
  • Genotype/phenotype correlations in psoriasis patients (Dr. Michael Milliken)
  • Quality of Life impact of skin disease in Ghana (Dr. Caroline Laggis)
  • Determining diagnostic accuracy of inflammatory dermatopathologic disease from phone camera acquired images versus traditional glass slides (Dr. Caroline Laggis)
  • Molecular characterization of histological transformation seen in cutaneous marginal zone lymphoma that transformed to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Dr. Jack Abbott)
  • The impact of skin disease on Navajo children and their families: Identification and barriers to treatment of high impact dermatologic conditions (Dr. Kim Blain)
  • Determining the comfort level of dermatologists prescribing anti-psychotics (Dr. Abram Beshay)

Message from Department & Program Leadership

We are committed to the crucial work of creating a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive academic unit.

2020-2021 Application Changes Due to COVID-19

The date we will begin accepting applications for the 2021 Match (for positions that will begin July 2022) is September 1, 2020.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding our program, please contact Anna Williams, Academic Coordinator, Dermatology at anna.williams@hsc.utah.edu.

Read the Statement from the APD