A message from our Program Director

UT Health San Antonio Dermatology Residency Program is a medium sized balanced program focused on clinical training in medical, procedural, and cutaneous surgery. Our goal is to produce a well-rounded dermatologist with the requisite expertise to manage any dermatologic condition medically or surgically in both adults and children.

What I feel is unique about our program is that we provide our training in what both residents and faculty feel is a supportive “family type” environment. Our focus is to promote learning, while fostering wellness and continuous improvement. Staff are passionate and fully engaged in the mission of teaching.

We provide training in a variety of settings with diverse patient clinical, procedural and surgical experiences. This occurs in an academic clinic setting (UT Medicine), VA clinic and hospital, and in serving a diverse population of patients at our University Hospital.

The program is supplemented with subspecialty training in pediatric dermatology, procedural training with our Mohs surgeons, aesthetic and laser training, and a full-time inpatient consultation rotation..

We seek residents who work well with others and contribute to a sense of teamwork, service before self, and a passion for learning dermatology. Both the program and potential applicants seek our program because of the close relationship of the residents with each other as well as with the teaching faculty.

Structure and Curriculum of the Program

Clinical Training

Regular clinical duties are held at various locations in the South Texas Medical Center and surrounding San Antonio area. These locations are listed below. Continuity clinics occur at the Audie L. Murphy VA Dermatology Clinic and UT Mays Cancer Center. These clinics are equipped with lasers and phototherapy devices for patient care and resident training. Residents review their biopsy specimens  weekly with a dermatopathologist. At least one month per year of residency is dedicated to the inpatient consult service, which covers both the University and VA Hospitals. Dermatologic surgery is incorporated as a weekly half day into the majority of clinical rotations. Mohs surgery rotations are also a standard rotation that each resident participates each year. In addition, cosmetic conferences with teaching on injectable neurotoxins and dermal fillers occur regularly throughout the academic year.

  • UT Mays Cancer Center
  • Audie L. Murphy VA Dermatology Clinic
  • Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital
  • University Hospital
  • Various private practice locations in San Antonio
  • South Texas Dermatopathology Lab

Didactics

Didactic sessions in dermatopathology and general dermatology are held on Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons, respectively. These are protected times in which there are no clinic duties. Both faculty and resident involvement is encouraged and expected, including giving lectures on occasion starting from the first year of residency.  Residents also participate in weekly journal club.  An example didactic schedule is as follows:

Wednesday morning:

  • 8-9 am: resident-run board review
  • 9-10 am: residents review their weekly biopsies with a dermatopathologist
  • 10 am -12 pm: formal dermatopathology didactics with glass and electronic slide review

Friday afternoon:

  • 1-2 pm: faculty presentation, Bolognia chapter or high yield topic
  • 2-3 pm: resident presentation, Bolognia chapter or inpatient cases
  • 3-4 pm: guest lecture or kodachromes
  • 4 pm – end: journal club

Friday didactics occur in the Kraus Conference Room of the Mays Cancer Center Dermatology Clinic. Any interested UT Health San Antonio medical student, resident, staff or faculty is welcome to attend. Please contact the program coordinator, Shannon Lovelace at lovelaces@uthscsa.edu; 210-450-6354, if you wish to attend.

Continuing Medical Education

The Division of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery provides continuing medical education for the dermatology community through various programs. Periodically, the Division hosts the Annual Texas Dermatological Society Meeting. Residents and faculty are encouraged to attend monthly San Antonio Dermatological Society meetings. Each year, the Division hosts the Citywide Morphology Conference, welcoming community and military dermatologists to an evening of live patient and case presentations. Further information will be posted as opportunities arise.

Medical Student Electives, 4th Year

Electives for 4th-year medical students are available in the Division of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. All medical students, including UT Health San Antonio students, must submit requests for electives through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).

For questions regarding VSAS applications, including status, deadlines, and other questions, please contact Leticia Valadez at ValadezLD@uthscsa.edu; 210-567-4634.

VSAS Institution Information for UT Health San Antonio may be found online at | Institution Information – Long School of Medicine

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