Tara Kaufmann, MD
Welcome to the Department of Dermatology at Stony Brook. Our faculty has a wide range of basic science and clinical interests and is committed to giving you a comprehensive educational experience in Dermatology. What follows is a conceptual overview of the training program. Realize that flexibility on all sides is necessary during the early years of the program. The sequence of resident responsibilities may need to be altered, as will schedules from time to time.
The resident treaining program in Dermatology is designed to provide a broad-based experience with empahsis on the acquisition and development of clinical, research, teaching and administrative skills. Graduates of the Stony Brook Program should be able to pursue successful careers as academicians, practitioners and/or consultants. To achieve these goals the three-year program has been divided into five distinct parts with a gradual and systematic gain of knowledge and experience as well as the assumption of increasing levels of responsibility.
The first year is devoted to the acquisition of clinical Dermatology skills through participation in faculty-supervised general Dermatology clinics at University Hospital and the VA Medical Center as well as weekly teaching conferences. During this time, the resident is expected to learn the structure and function of the skin, clinical manifestations of skin diseases and basic principles of ato-pharmacology. In addition, the resident will learn basic Dermatology surgery and ato-pathology through special clinical sessions.
The second year is composed of two six-month rotations. During one six-month block the resident will gain surgery skills through an intensive rotation in Dermatology surgery. When not assigned to Dermatology surgery the resident is expected to develop scientific skills through a basic or clinical research experience. Presentation of a research project at a national or regional meeting is encouraged. By the end of residency training a completed manuscript of a project is required. The second six-month block is at the VAMC-Northport where the resident will provide continuity of care in general Dermatology and phototherapy clinics, develop further surgical skills in Dermatology and plastic surgery clinics, and function as consultant for ER and hospitalized patients.
The third year is dedicated to attaining skills as a consultant dermatologist, teacher and administrator. It is divided into two six-month rotations: Chief Resident/Hospital Consultation Service and Outpatient Junior Attending/Subspecialty Clinics. The Chief Resident is responsible for seeing all inpatient Dermatology consultations at University Hospital. In addition, various administrative tasks will be assigned to the Chef Resident, including the organization of a guest speaker list for Grand Rounds, orchestration of clinical rotations for all residents and scheduling resident on-call rotations and resident vacations. The Outpatient Junior Attending is responsible for the supervision and teaching of medical students and non-Dermatology residents, and thus develops teaching and communication skills.
Six major components comprise the formal education program: