Department of Dermatology Training
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
An NIH funded T32 training grant in the Department of Dermatology is currently in it’s 23rd year of support. The purpose of this training program is to provide state-of-the-art training of Scientists and Physician-Scientists in interdisciplinary strategies addressing investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology. This is accomplished by developing individualized career-building programs for qualified trainees holding a Ph.D. M.D., M.D. and Ph.D., or D.O. degree,. Our recruits are chosen for their commitment to careers in investigative dermatology or cutaneous biology. Our balanced recruitment emphasizes a balance between M.D., M.D./Ph.D and Ph.D. trainees at any given time. Basic scientists (Ph.D.) with up to two years of postdoctoral experience are also eligible. Physician scientists (M.D.’s) entering the training program will have completed at least 2 years of clinical dermatology training. Physician-Scientists often enter the program as “2+2” Resident in the Academic Research Track of the Residency Program.
Finally short term positions allow training for medical students during the summers between either the 1st and 2nd years or 2nd and 3rd years of medical training.
Resident Research Training
Residents participate in a two month block of research training in their second year of residency. Research mentors assist the residents in designing and implementing a research project intended to result in a publishable stand-alone work or as a contributory piece of data to a larger publishable work. In addition, a formal 2+2 residency track also is supported by the Department to train residents who intend to pursue academic careers in research in cutaneous biology. Training occurs through intensive participation in specific laboratory projects in a specialized area of research tailored to build the academic career of the trainee. The training also occurs by participation in didactic courses, hands-on research, conferences, workshops and seminars.
A formal “2+2” residency track is supported by the Department and the T32 NIH Training Grant. This program trains residents who intend to pursue academic careers in research in cutaneous biology and investigative dermatology. The training abides by American Board of Dermatology guidance, such that at least 2.25 years of training is pure clinical, and up to 1.75 years is lab and translational research. This training can also be arranged as “3+2” program. Training occurs through intensive participation in specific laboratory projects in a specialized area of research tailored to build the academic career of the trainee. The training also occurs by participation in didactic courses, hands-on research, conferences, workshops and seminars.
Graduate Student Training
Pre-doctoral candidates enrolled in accredited programs will also be eligible. The predocotoral
candidates will be eligible no earlier than the second year of the program. Pre-doctoral trainees
can follow several tracks to arrive within the Department of Dermatology as a graduate candidate.
Candidates may enter from within the medical scientist training program (MSTP), a training program
that grants the dual M.D., Ph.D. degree through the medical school. Additionally, graduate
candidates may enter from within the Biomedical Scientist Training Program (BSTP), a training
program within the medical school that grants either M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Candidates may also be
associated with advisors in the Biological Sciences Department, in which case they would enter
through the School of Graduate Studies. Finally, some candidates may enter through the
direct-admission route in the Department of Pathology, or through other University Departments.. The
office of Director of Graduate Education in the School of Medicine was established in part to
coordinate graduate student advocacy and to help in the recruiting efforts for graduate students and
Nurse Practitioner Research Training
Degree (PhD, DNP, MPh) training in research can be obtained through the School of Nursing. Such training is supplemental to clinical training in dermatology. If the training is to be in dermatology, then the departmental of Dermatology can provide collaborating faculty, mentors, and Advisory Committee members, as well as clinical resources for the studies.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Fellowships
Students should consult with faculty members in the Department and select a faculty member under whose guidance the student undertakes a specific research project. This gives students the opportunity to join a research group, and work with faculty, graduate students, and research associates. Many such research projects have resulted in papers published in scientific journals and co-authored by undergraduate students. Students may consult brief descriptions of current research projects of the Dermatology Faculty or more extensive Faculty Research Profiles from the Department Web site.
The Department of Dermatology has also participated in collaboration with The Office for Support of
Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE). More information on these programs may be
The Department also participates in the SPUR (Summer Program in Undergraduate Research), a program designed to acquaint students with all aspects of scientific research, from formulation of a question to production of a final report. The program culminates with a one-day poster session where students can share their results with the research community at CWRU. More information may be obtained at: http://casemed.case.edu/admissions/research/summer_programs.cfm
Highschool Training Opportunities
The Department of Dermatology participates with The Center for Science, Health & Society in the
Scientific Enrichment and Opportunity (SEO) Program. This initiative brings the considerable faculty
talent and resources of the School of Medicine to generate high school student enthusiasm for
science and student research. More information on this program may be found at:
For information on our ACGME Dermatology Residency, our ACGME Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology Fellowship, our Clinical Research Fellowships, and our NP Post-Masters Dermatology Training Program, please see the following: http://www.uhhospitals.org/cleveland/services/dermatology/medical-education