Dermatology Residency (4 Year Combined Master Program)

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Resident Guidelines and Responsibilities (not including MS)

Each resident is expected to participate in all aspects of the service when on clinics, including rounds, consults, appointments, teaching rounds and transfers. Teaching rounds for the students are primarily led by residents and faculty may lead, dependent on caseload and service responsibilities.

The residents are responsible for on call consolations for dermatological emergencies and transfers. The resident on call for the week will take the majority of the transfers, but daily transfers should be divided amongst all residents on service that week. The on‐call faculty for the week (if two faculty on clinics) is the attending and the on‐call resident should manage transfers with that attending. Residents will rotate weekend on‐call duty and will always have faculty back‐up.

Residents should discuss all cases with attending faculty while the animal is still available for examination. Faculty involvement will vary with each case pending the level of proficiency of the resident and the degree of complexity of the case.

A client discharge must be completed and given to the client when an animal is leaving the hospital, even if they are to return the following day – this is state law. If this is not possible, the discharge must be emailed to the client by the end of the day or within 24 hours.

Consults for other services will be done as a service and involve the attending clinician, a resident and, ideally, students. After hours, the resident on‐call must be available by phone and/or be able to come in to the hospital to evaluate a patient as requested; to be clear, it is at the discretion of the faculty evaluating the patient if THEY want a consult, not you as Dermatology resident. However, if an intern is unsure or if the case description is concerning, you can suggest coming in to evaluate said patient. Faculty will be available for back up during this time.

Each resident should become familiar with the ACVD Credential packet for their year. Each resident is expected to keep daily logs for the ACVD (see website). It is your responsibility to meet ACVD deadlines for registrations and examinations (see website).

Each resident will be evaluated every six months by all the attending Dermatology faculty. These evaluations will include a formal document and a face‐to‐face meeting, to include at least the Mentor, Service Chief and Program Director, to discuss the findings.

Residents will participate in at least one research project during their residency. A peer‐reviewed publication will come from this research project as ACVD guidelines. Resident research projects must be reviewed by the resident’s advisor as well as appropriate faculty involved. The resident is encouraged to seek funding from both local and national sources. An annual Resident Research Award Competition sponsored through the Dean’s office funds many small resident projects (up to $2,000.00) with (mandatory) faculty assistance.

Residents are allowed 15 days (3 weeks) of Personal Time Off (PTO) per calendar year. This is vacation and sick time. You are expected to schedule these dates in advance with the Service Chief and complete a leave form with the Office of the Associate Dean for Clinical Services in advance. Vacation is to be taken one week at a time. Residents will each have a vacation week over the major holidays – no more than one resident can be on vacation during a major holiday.