Resident Rotation – Dermatology

The department of dermatology is dedicated to the education of all house staff.  We offer a block elective of various lengths for residents at the University of Virginia.  During this time, residents will be immersed in the dermatology clinic, participating in general dermatology, Pediatric dermatology, Moh’s dermatology, and inpatient consultative dermatology.  Based on a resident’s special interest, they may be given the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary clinics including Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma Clinic, Rheumatology Dermatology, Allergy/Immunology/Dermatology and Vascular Anomaly Conferences.  Daily didactic lectures and on-line learning modules will be utilized to advance the residents basic knowledge of skin disease.  The rotation is space limited and on  a first come first serve basis.


At the completion of the rotation all residents should be

  1. Able to take a dermatology focused history
  2. Perform examination of the skin, hair, nails and mucosal surfaces
  3. Describe the morphology of a skin lesion with appropriate terminology
  4. Provide a differential diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan
  5. Be familiar with in office laboratory procedures used in diagnosing skin disorders including: potassium hydroxide preps, cytodiagnostic smears, ectoparasite preps, hair mounts, woods lamp and patch test reading
  6. Develop an understanding of when urgent and non-urgent dermatology consultation is warranted



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Rotation Supervisor
Dr. Maggie Noland, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Associate

Residency Program Director
Brenda Harris, Rotation Coordinator


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Clinic Requirements

  1. All residents should report to the Department of Dermatology, 3rd Floor, Primary Care Center, 9:00 am on Mondays and 8:00 am all other days of the week.
  2. Clinical assignments will be made by the second year dermatology residents and posted on the resident bulletin board.
  3. Residents are expected to be in clinic from 8:00 am didactic lecture until the conclusion of the final patient appointment.  Please ask the chief residents for an up to date schedule of the weekly didactics lectures including Zoom links if applicable.
  4. If residents are required to cover their continuity clinic, they should notify the supervisor and second your scheduling resident of their absent.
  5. All rotating residents are required to use Universal precautions when working within the Department of Dermatology.

Educational Material

Internal Medicine and Family Medicine

  1. Thomas P. Habif:  Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 4th edition.
  2. TB Fitzpatrick: Color Atlas and Synopsis of Dermatology
  3. Bolognia: DermatologyInternal Medicine and Family Medicine


  1. Sidney Hurwitz: Pediatrics: Clinical Pediatric Dermatology


Resident’s departmental evaluations will be completed at the conclusion of the rotation.  While a minimum attendance is not mandated by the department based on the other resident’s obligations, a minimum exposure to the dermatology attending’s is required in order to complete the end of rotation evaluation.  Residents will be evaluated on their attendance in clinic and didactic lectures, performance in clinic, and interactions with patients and staff.


Rotating residents who have a complaints or concerns are encouraged to speak directly with the rotation supervisor.