Our program recognizes that a career in academic dermatology does not necessarily mean bench research. In fact, most modern dermatology departments are comprised largely of physicians that have devoted their career to education and/or clinical investigation. We recognize that many trainees with astounding promise in academics may never choose this career path if they are not formally exposed to these options during their residency training.
Participants can choose to participate with a focus on education (Educator Track) or clinical research (Investigator Track), or a combination of both.
The Clinical Scholars Track is designed for those residents that would like a more structured exposure to these disciplines—participants can choose to participate with a focus on education, clinical research, global health, quality improvement and/or innovation. The goals of the program are to foster academic leadership skills, enhance networking at a national level, develop skills in effective teaching and junior mentorship (Educator Track), and enhance skills in clinical study design/protection of human subjects/epidemiology and statistics (Investigator Track). The goals will be accomplished with a combination of formal training courses, attendance at national dermatology retreats, and completion of a mentored project. With the exception of a week-long course in education and/or clinical research, participation in this track generally involves time spent in addition to their requirements of the clinical residency. Residents are encouraged to declare their interest in entering the CST by January of their PGY-2 year.