Dermatology residents and faculty provide dermatologic care to the Austin community, including people who have been historically underserved, at a variety of sites across the area.
General Dermatology Clinics
The Trinity Clinic is a busy general dermatology site in downtown Austin next to Dell Medical School and the undergraduate campus and serves as a tertiary referral practice for complex needs. This site houses multiple subspecialty medical dermatology clinics, phototherapy/excimer laser, photodynamic therapy and expanded patch testing.
The Dermatology Clinic based at the medical school houses additional medical dermatology subspecialty clinics including the pigmented lesion clinic, interprofessional vulvar disease clinic and interprofessional high-risk skin cancer clinic.
The Buda clinic is about 15 miles south of Austin. This rural-suburban clinic is a referral site for primary care practices from a large area of Central Texas and houses busy general dermatology, dermatologic surgery and pediatric dermatology practices.
The Austin Outpatient Clinic of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System is a general dermatology clinic located in southeast Austin serving veterans from across Central Texas. This practice is heavy in cutaneous oncology with surgical procedure clinics held three times weekly. This site also includes a robust telehealth practice to virtually serve the dermatology needs of veterans across the region.
Subspecialty Training Sites
The pediatric dermatology clinic is in the Strictly Pediatrics building adjacent to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. At this tertiary referral clinic, residents are exposed to both routine and complex pediatric dermatologic conditions and participate in multidisciplinary clinics such as pediatric derm-rheum and vascular anomalies clinics. Residents participate in surgical and laser procedures at this site and Dell Children’s operating rooms if sedation is needed. Additional services in the pediatric dermatology clinic include phototherapy, excimer laser, pulsed dye laser, Nd:YAG laser and Alexandrite laser treatments.
Residents are immersed in dermatopathology training through daily sign-out with faculty at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. Ancillary dermatopathology diagnostic techniques are also taught.
The Austin Dermatologic Surgery Center is located in Dell Med’s Health Transformation Building. This is the primary training site for Mohs micrographic surgery, other complex procedural dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. Residents experience graduated autonomy in the execution of complicated repairs and have a regular resident procedure clinic where they act as primary surgeon. The center also houses an extensive variety of lasers, and residents get ample experience with them.
Hospital Consultation Training Sites
The adult consult service at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas provides residents with experience in evaluating inpatients and ED patients with complex dermatologic conditions. The program has weekly patient check-out rounds, and particularly interesting cases are presented in more depth at monthly patient-centered Grand Rounds.
Dell Children’s is the only freestanding children’s hospital in the region with a Level 1 pediatric trauma center and Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit. Residents are exposed to a wide range of common and rare dermatologic disorders in neonates to adolescents while on the pediatric dermatology consult service at this site. They have ample opportunities to interact with other services while taking a lead role in the management of pediatric dermatology consult patients. Treatment plans and teaching pearls are discussed on daily rounds with one of the faculty pediatric dermatologists.
From the beginning of their first year, residents spend half a day per week in continuity clinic at one of two CommUnityCare dermatology sites, which serve people in Travis County who are underinsured or uninsured. Under faculty supervision, residents manage their own patient portfolios across the entirety of their training.
Throughout their residency, residents refer patients from their continuity clinic to their continuity procedure clinic. Each resident spends one half-day per month on average performing surgical procedures on their continuity patients, including malignant and benign lesion excisions.
The resident cosmetic clinic is held monthly at the Austin Dermatologic Surgery Center. Residents perform cosmetic procedures including injectable neuromodulators, fillers, nonsurgical fat reduction, sclerotherapy, peels and laser therapy. Additionally, residents have dedicated evening laser sessions a few times a year.