Summary of the UC Davis Dermatology Residency Program from the Residents' Perspective

We are currently training 15 residents and match for five new residents each year. In addition, one MOHS Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology Fellow is selected each year.

It is the mission of the Department of Dermatology to train Dermatologists with a broad range of skills, talents, educational and cultural backgrounds to become excellent clinicians and care for the diverse population of Sacramento and beyond.

The Department of Dermatology Residency Training Program aims to achieve the following:

  • Prepare residents for academic practice or post-graduate fellowships, if desired.
  • Train physicians who will give back to the profession through research; leadership at local, regional, or national levels; advocacy; care for the under-served; education; mentoring; and more.
  • Train ethical physicians who always provide care that is in the best interest of their patients.
  • Instill an excitement and enthusiasm for dermatology, which will translate into a desire for life-long learning
  • Create a collegial and positive atmosphere that enhances learning and makes the practice of medicine enjoyable
  • Create an environment that promotes resident well-being, and helps develop habits that support an appropriate work-life balance throughout their professional career • Select and develop faculty dedicated to teaching and well-equipped to support and carry out programmatic aims
  • Six hours per week on average of didactics
  • Textbook Review
  • Dermatopathology Lecture Series
  • Surgery Lecture Series
  • Dermatopathology Slide Review Sessions
  • Grand Rounds
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month
  • Patient viewing and basic science or clinical dermatology presentation
  • International Teledermatology Grand Rounds on average once every 3 months
  • Sacramento Valley Dermatology Society meetings every 2 months with live patient viewing
  • Faculty lectures
  • Journal Club monthly
  • Kodachromes
  • Resident Jeopardy
  • Suture Sessions
  • Annual cadaver lab
  • Consult and inpatient service
    • Four to eight weeks of consult rotation per year
  • Resident Continuity Clinic
    • Two half-days per week
  • Dermatopathology
    • Four to eight weeks of dedicated one-on-one dermatopathology sign-out per year
  • VA Hospital Rotation
  • University Clinic Rotation
  • Surgery Rotation
    • Mohs Surgery and other surgical procedures
      • 1,000-2,000 procedures per year – also includes a significant number of grafts (Split or full) and flaps
      • Two+ dermatologic surgeons – always one-on-one experience in surgical clinics
      • Four to eight weeks of a dedicated surgical rotation each PGY year
      • Additional surgical procedures include but are not limited to: TCA peel, Pulsed Dye Laser, Laser Hair Removal, photodynamic therapy, nail surgery, excision, shave, punch and excisional biopsy, Botox for rhytides and hyperhidrosis (palms, soles, axilla), regional nerve blocks, wide margin excision, Mohs surgery (as above), full thickness and split thickness grafting, advanced reconstructions utilizing flaps, dermabrasion, non ablative resurfacing, subscission, scar revision, nail plate avulsio, and many others
      • Nail surgery clinic at the VA hospital
  • Cosmetics clinics and teaching sessions
  • Elective
    • Two to four weeks of elective in 2nd or 3rd year (electives outside of UC Davis Medical Center are allowed)
  • Specialty Clinics
    • Psoriasis (Dr. Raychaudhuri)
    • Pigmented lesions and melanoma (Dr. Burrall)
    • Mucosal dermatology (Dr. Fazel)
    • Vesiculobullous and collagen vascular diseases (Dr. Maverakis)
    • Teledermatology (Dr. Ely)
    • Pediatric Dermatology (Dr. Awasthi)
    • Cosmetics (Dr. Eisen)
    • Mohs Surgery (Dr. Eisen, Dr. Sharon)
    • Wound healing and ulcers (Dr. Isseroff)
    • Rheumatology/Allergy (Dr. Naguwa, Dr. Teuber)
    • Quarterly Multidisciplinary Vascular Anomalies Clinic
    • Phototherapy
    • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Research (not a required rotation)
    • An additional year of research is optional, but not required. Research interests are:
      • Rivkah Isseroff, M.D. – Wound healing and epithelial cell migration
      • Fu-Tong Liu, M.D., Ph.D. – Mast cells, galectins
      • Emanual Maverakis, M.D. – Autoreactive T cells in autoimmunity, immunotherapy
      • Yoshikazu Takada, M.D., Ph.D. – Cell signaling and the Integrins
      • Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D. – Cell growth and wound healing
      • William Murphy, Ph.D. – Cancer immunology and immunotherapy
  • Botulinum toxin
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Soft tissue augmentation/skinfillers
  • Lasers Phototherapy (>7000 light therapy patients – on-site UVB broadband, UVB narrowband, PUVA, etc.)
  • Resurfacing techniques (including laser dermabrasion, chemical peel, rhinophyma, and non-ablative rejuvenation)
  • Patch testing
  • Intralesional and intramuscular injections
  • Scar revision
  • Excisional surgery
  • Mohs surgery
  • All medical records at UC Davis Medical Center and the VA are entirely electronic.
  • Access to all documentation (from UC Davis Medical Center and the VA) is available via VPN on any computer outside UC Davis Medical Center – includes electronic ordering system, dermatopathology results, and access to radiology reports and images.
  • Four weeks of vacation + four conference days
  • Additional conference days are permitted for one conference per year if resident is presenting (must be approved by Program Director)
  • Education stipend and GME relocation allowance
  • Moonlighting is allowed in the 2nd and 3rd years, at the discretion of the Program Director