Thank you for your interest in our program. The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Dermatology Program at the UT Austin Dell Medical School aims to enhance the dermatologic care of patients in the greater Austin area through improved access to care, ongoing research and hosting continuing medical education activities for the surrounding medical community. Our Dermatology Program is committed to training excellent dermatologists – to that end, we provide our residents the training, network, and resources to successfully transition from residency into fellowship positions as well as academic and community practices upon graduation.
Welcome from Dr. Ammar Ahmed, Program Director
Welcome to the UT Austin Dell Medical School Dermatology Program, associated with the Seton Healthcare Family. Our residents gain distinctive experiences at each of our various training sites: UT Physician’s Trinity downtown clinic, Dell Children’s Hospital and Dell Children's Medical Group Outpatient Clinic, Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Clinic, CommUnityCare Clinics serving a largely indigent patient population (and the site of residents’ continuity clinics), as well as a more rural satellite clinic in Hays County. Additionally, starting in the second year of dermatology residency, our residents begin to function autonomously at the local Volunteer Health Clinic.
This is an exciting time for medicine in Austin, as the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is expanding medical training, research, and community health outreach in Central Texas. In addition to be being a great place to train, Austin is also a great place to live and offers many exciting things to see and do.
We typically accept 3 residents per year and plan to match 3 residents for a 2019 start date.
We are accepting applications for our residency program via the ERAS system. Because we have a limited number of interview slots, it would be helpful to include why you are interested in the Austin program in your personal statement.
The Seton Healthcare Family and its associated clinics form the basis for resident education. Core medical dermatology clinics consist of the Trinity Dermatology Clinic in downtown Austin, the Austin Outpatient Clinic of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (VA) located in Southeast Austin and the Hays Dermatology Clinic in Kyle, Texas. First, second and third year residents rotate through these facilities. In these high-volume clinics, residents deliver care to a diverse patient population with a variety of dermatologic diseases. Residents also assist in management of phototherapy and laser therapy offered at these clinics. Drs. Ahmed and Reichenberg staff the Trinity Clinic; Drs. Campbell, Bhatt and Kaiser staff the VA Outpatient Clinic and Drs. Ahmed and Diven staff the Hays Clinic.
Several dermatologic subspecialty clinics also occur at our outpatient sites. These include the Pigmentary Disorder Clinic, Complex Medical Dermatology Clinic, and Vulvodynia Clinic.
Residents rotate at the Austin Dermatologic Surgery Center for a total of four months during their second and third years of residency. This rotation focuses on surgical management of skin cancer, primarily through Mohs micrographic surgery. Residents learn how to plan and perform routine and Mohs excisions and repairs, including complex repairs with flaps and grafts and to interpret frozen section histology. Other dermatologic surgical experience includes nail procedures and surgical management of melanoma and transplant patients. Residents also participate in a monthly multidisciplinary tumor board in which various surgical specialties, dermatopathologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists discuss challenging patient cases. Dr. Fox attends the Austin Dermatologic Surgery Center.
Additionally, residents spend two full days per week planning and performing excisions in resident procedure clinics during their rotation at the VA Austin Outpatient Clinic, as well as frequent surgical procedures at the Trinity and Hays clinics.
The pediatric dermatology clinic is located at the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. At this tertiary referral clinic, residents are exposed to both routine and complex pediatric dermatologic conditions, such as epidermolysis bullosa, vascular malformations and genodermatoses. First, second and third year residents rotate through this clinic over a total of five months during residency. The pediatric dermatology resident is also responsible for evaluating and managing inpatient pediatric dermatology consultations while on this rotation. Drs. Levy and Diaz staff the pediatric dermatology clinic and inpatient consultations at Dell Children’s Medical Center.
Furthermore, the residents also participate in several multidisciplinary clinics. The monthly vascular anomalies clinic is comprised of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, hematologists/oncologists and interventional radiologists who collaborate in the care of patients with severe vascular birth defects. There is also a joint rheumatology-dermatology clinic held monthly for the management of pediatric patients with complex connective tissue disorders.
Residents rotate on the dermatopathology service for a total of four months during their second and third years of residency. Residents are immersed in dermatopathology training through daily “sign-out” with dermatopathology staff members at the Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. Ancillary diagnostic techniques, as pertains to dermatopathology (including immunofluorescence, immunophenotyping, and molecular diagnostics) are also reviewed. Drs. Soldano, Talbott, Willman and Kolda primarily staff the dermatopathology service.
Inpatient Dermatology Consultative Service
Residents rotate through the inpatient adult consult service at Dell Seton Medical Center for a total of four months during their second and third years of residency under the supervision of general dermatology faculty. Inpatient consultation rotations provide residents with experience in the evaluation and management of seriously ill patients with complex medical dermatologic disorders. Interesting cases are presented at weekly Grand Rounds. When possible, inpatient or ER consults follow up in our outpatient dermatology clinics for continuity of care after discharge.
Resident Continuity Clinic
Our residency program is dedicated to graduating trainees who are comfortable in practicing independently, as will be expected in his/her eventual practice. To optimize longitudinal care for those patients who need complicated diagnostic work-ups, prolonged monitored therapies, or have other difficult-to-manage issues, a continuity clinic was established for each of our residents. Beginning in their first year of residency, the residents spend a half day per week at the CommUnity Care Dermatology clinic, which serves the underinsured and uninsured of Travis County. Under the supervision of Dr. Diven, Dr. Diaz, Dr. Ahmed, and a group of volunteer adjunct faculty, residents manage their own patient portfolios, seeing up to 12 patients per half day.
Resident Continuity Procedure Clinic
Throughout their residency, residents refer patients from their continuity clinic to their continuity procedure clinic. Each resident spends one half day per month performing surgical procedures, including malignant and benign lesion excisions, under the supervision of Dr. Fox.
Resident Continuity Laser Clinic
Residents will have a half day of continuity laser clinic approximately quarterly. Under the supervision of Dr. Reichenberg, residents will have the ability to refer patients from continuity clinic into a dedicated laser clinic, where IPL, PDL and ND:Yag can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. The laser clinic is currently available to residents on a rotating basis on Friday afternoons.
Resident Cosmetic Clinic
The resident cosmetic clinic is held monthly and supervised by Dell Medical School faculty and volunteer faculty. The residents recruit patients so that they may master cosmetic procedural dermatology techniques, including neuromodulators, fillers, non-surgical fat reduction, sclerotherapy, blepharoplasty, peels and laser therapy.
Volunteer Health Clinic
Beginning in second year of residency, residents have the opportunity to independently staff a community-organized Volunteer Health Clinic for indigent patients with a variety of skin conditions.
Residents receive a minimum of six hours of protected didactic time each week. Tuesday mornings are dedicated to textbook lectures with an emphasis in 2017-2018 on Bolognia. Friday mornings are dedicated to a rotating curriculum of dermatopathology, general dermatology, pediatrics, surgery and cosmetics lectures led by core faculty. Friday mornings are also when residents are exposed to dermpath unknowns, kodachromes, departmental grand rounds and guest lecturers.