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Welcome to the Department of Dermatology at Stony Brook.  Our faculty has a wide range of basic science and clinical interests and is committed to giving you a comprehensive educational experience in dermatology.  What follows is a conceptual overview of the training program.

 The resident training program in dermatology is designed to provide a broad-based experience with emphasis on the acquisition and development of clinical, surgical, teaching and research skills.  Graduates of the Stony Brook Program should be able to pursue successful careers as academicians, practitioners and/or consultants. 

The first year is devoted to the acquisition of clinical dermatology skills through participation in faculty-supervised general dermatology clinics at University Hospital and the VA Medical Center as well as weekly teaching conferences.  During this time, the resident is expected to learn the structure and function of the skin, clinical manifestations of pediatric and adult skin diseases and basic principles of dermato-pharmacology.  The first year surgical experience includes the breath of procedural dermatology including Mohs micrographic surgery and laser surgery.

The second year is composed of surgical and clinical dermatology rotations.  During one block the resident will gain advanced surgical skills through an intensive rotation in dermatologic surgery in addition to a rotation through pigmented lesion clinics. The second block is at the VAMC-Northport where the resident will provide continuity of care in general dermatology and phototherapy clinics, develop further surgical skills and function as consultant for ER and hospitalized patients. 

The third year is dedicated to assuming greater responsibility for patient care and includes attaining skills as a consultant dermatologist, teacher and administrator.  The year is divided into two rotations: Chief Resident/Hospital Consultation Service and Out Patient Junior Attending/Subspecialty Clinics.  The Chief Resident is responsible for seeing all inpatient Dermatology consultations at University Hospital.  Subspecialty clinics include surgical continuity clinic, pediatric dermatology, ulcers, bullous diseases, phototherapy and student health clinics to name a few.  The out patient junior attending is also responsible for the supervision and teaching of dermatology residents, non-dermatology residents, and students thus develops advanced teaching and communication skills. 

Adrienne Haughton, MD


Formal Lecture Series

The didactic lecture series provides residents with an opportunity to learn dermatology through basic science and clinical lectures, Grand Rounds, Kodachromes; dermatopathology slides sessions, journal club and hands-on cosmetic dermatology sessions.  This series consists of over 50 hours of interactive learning experiences each year, and is taught by faculty members in the Department of Dermatology as well as guest lecturers. 

Conferences and Meetings

Stony Brook Dermatology Residents regularly attend the following conferences: 

American Academy of Dermatology winter meeting (second year residents cover consults during this meeting and therefore are offered a stipend to attend another meeting of equal or lesser duration)

American Academy of Dermatology summer meeting when held in New York City

Advances in Dermatology

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Dermoscopy Course

Long Island Dermatological Society

Residents presenting a poster or a talk at an educational meeting outside of the New York area are entitled to a travel grant once during each year of residency. 

Elective Time

Second year dermatology residents may elect to partake in an intramural elective in one of the following fields: plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, vascular surgery, rheumatology or infectious disease. 

Third year dermatology residents are provided with elective time to pursue an extramural elective in Dermatology, designed to focus on a specific area(s) of interest.