Department of dermatology

Procedural Dermatology Fellowship Program

The Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina is an intense one-year ACGME-approved program offered to board eligible/board-certified dermatologists. All aspects of advanced dermatological oncology are seen in our dermatologic surgery service, providing a broad educational experience for the trainee. The service is very busy with a high patient load, highly complex tumor biology, and often complicated reconstructive procedures.

Two fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons instruct the fellow in all aspects of Mohs micrographic surgery, including the indications, limitations, and applications of the procedure. The fellow will obtain extensive experience in the repair of surgical defects resulting from Mohs surgery, with instruction provided in complex reconstructive dermatologic surgery, including advanced skin flaps and grafts, cartilage grafting, and other reconstructive procedures. Appropriate laboratory techniques are taught, including the mapping and processing of tissue specimens, the use of immunostains, and the preparation of frozen sections to be microscopically examined during Mohs surgery. In addition to Mohs surgery, the fellow will be instructed in the general principles involved in the management of various cutaneous neoplasms, both common and rare. The fellow also will receive exposure and training in excisional surgery, cosmetic dermatologic surgery, laser surgery, dermabrasion, scar revision, sclerotherapy, and the use of botulinum toxin and various fillers.

MUSC's Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery has a strong relationship with the Departments of Surgery, Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology, and there is emphasis on using a multidisciplinary approach in the management of difficult cutaneous neoplasms, including appropriate staging and adjuvant care. The fellow will become familiar with the advantages of and the application of this philosophy to the removal of difficult cutaneous tumors and the reconstruction of the subsequent surgical defects. The fellow is expected to complete an in-depth research project by the time he or she finishes the fellowship and to prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-review journal.

For more information regarding your application or for questions about our training program, please contact:

Cathy Barrus, Program Coordinator
Procedural Dermatology Fellowship
Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
135 Rutledge Avenue, 11th Floor
MSC 578
P.O. Box 250578
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: 843-792-9784
E-mail: barrusc@musc.edu

Joel Cook, M.D., Director
E-mail:
cookjw@musc.edu

Brian C. Leach, M.D.
E-mail:
leachb@musc.edu

 
 
 

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