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Dermatology and Skin Science

The Department of Dermatology and Skin Science offers a five-year training program fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The program is based at a variety of teaching hospitals and clinics in BC, where residents receive training in both inpatient and outpatient dermatology. Residents rotate through subspecialty clinics in the areas of cutaneous oncology, photo-medicine (lasers & photo-medicine), dermatologic surgery, wound healing, immuno-dermatology, connective tissue disorders, paediatric dermatology, contact dermatitis, and urgent access clinics.

Under staff supervision, clinical responsibilities gradually increase through the 5 year period of training. The academic half-day curriculum incorporates morphology conferences, reviews of standard dermatology textbooks, interactive dermato-pathology sessions, journal clubs, staff lectures, and formal patient rounds.

After two years of general rotations, emphasis during the core three-year residency program is placed on excellence in clinical dermatology and the relevant basic science. Clinical and basic science research are an integral part of the training. Elective time for research, community, national and international electives are available for senior residents.

The department also offers clinical fellowships in Mohs micrographic surgery, laser medicine/photobiology, and immunodermatology.

Graduate programs leading to an M.Sc. or Ph.D. are also offered in conjunction with the Clinical Investigator Program (CIP) and Experimental Medicine Program of the Department of Medicine. Postdoctoral fellowships are also available within the department's research laboratories.

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