Dermatopathology Fellowship

Program Overview

The fellowship in Dermatopathology at the University of Virginia Medical Center is a one year program that is primarily designed to prepare individuals for academic careers.  The program meets ACGME requirements for training programs in dermatopathology, and includes a six month rotation in Dermatopathology, and six months in Clinical Dermatology (for pathology-trained fellows) or in surgical pathology (for dermatology-trained fellows).  However, dermatopathology experience continues during these clinical dermatology/surgical pathology rotations.  Under special circumstances, a second training year can be arranged.  The optional year offers extensive practical experience in diagnostic dermatopathology, and provides time for the fellow to pursue a research project in depth.  Considerable latitude is granted in the selection of research projects.

The dermatopathology service currently includes about 11,000 cases per year.  Approximately 9,000 cases are primarily generated from within the institution or the surrounding community and another 2,000 cases represent consultation material.  There is also a busy diagnostic immunofluorescence service.  Fellows review these cases, determine diagnoses, and then sign them out with the Program Director or other faculty.

There are two weekly dermatopathology teaching conferences, including an unknown slide conference that is part of a lecture series covering the entire spectrum of dermatopathology.  Other dermatology-related conferences include weekly Dermatology Grand Rounds and a bimonthly melanoma (tumor board-style) conference.  Numerous other pathology and dermatology conferences are held throughout the year.