Combined Training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology
BIDMC's Department of Medicine and the Harvard Combined Program in
Dermatology offer combined training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology. Approved in 2008 by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology, this 5-year program leads to board eligibility in both fields and takes advantage of the extraordinary resources of both parent residency programs.
Combined residency training in internal medicine and dermatology is designed to permit the acquisition of knowledge and experience across both disciplines that will aid in the care of patients with complex medical and dermatologic illnesses. This includes, but is not limited to, the management of autoimmune and blistering disorders, cutaneous vasculidities, lymphomas, other unusual cutaneous tumors, severe dermatoses requiring toxic immunomodulatory therapies and pernicious leg ulcers, as well as the recognition of the dermatologic manifestations and implications of systemic diseases. The goal of this combined training is to prepare internist-dermatologists for careers in clinical practice or on academic faculties as specialists in the broad spectrum of adult illness shared by internal medicine and dermatology.
This combined training program includes the components of independent internal medicine and dermatology residency programs that are accredited respectively by the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine and by the Residency Review Committee for Dermatology, both of which function under the auspices of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
During this 5 year program, residents spent 30 months training in Internal Medicine and 30 months training in Dermatology.
Internal Medicine training includes rotations on the medical services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and at the BIDMC's two affiliate residency training sites, the Boston Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Training includes both longitudinal primary care practice experience for at least the first 48 months, inpatient training on general medical, cardiology, and critical care services. The subspecialty component of internal medicine training focuses on areas with significant dermatologic relevance in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas: allergy/immunology, rheumatology, oncology, and infectious diseases / HIV. Residents participate in a research methods course and have a longitudinal, mentored research experience; they will have a 3-week experience in teaching skills, and a 3-week rotation in Quality Improvement.
Dermatology training includes rotations through the Dermatology Services of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham & Women's Hospital (including Dana Farber Cancer Institute), Children's Hospital Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Veteran's Administration Hospitals in Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. Faculty teaching and training is provided in all aspects of medical dermatology with subspecialty clinics available in oral medicine, podiatry, rheum-derm, cutaneous oncology, phototherapy, and pigmented lesions, among others. Residents also receive experience in various aspects of procedural dermatology through integrated procedural training throughout their training experience. Residents also have ongoing training in dermatopathology as well as an intensive 2 month dedicated experience. Finally, in our efforts to prepare residents to be leaders in the field, we offer a 1 month career development elective and a 1 month research elective.
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