Dermatology

Mission

The mission of the Boston University Department of Dermatology is to serve as a leader in teaching, research, and patient care relevant to skin diseases. We are committed to education and to generating new knowledge about normal and diseased skin. We are committed to innovation in all of our endeavors. We strive to meet the highest standards of ethics and academic excellence. Ultimately, we hope that our work will advance the health of our community.

Overview

The Department of Dermatology at Boston University provides care to inpatients and outpatients at Boston Medical Center, neighborhood health centers, the Jamaica Plain Veterans Administration Hospital, and Brockton and Commonwealth Avenue clinics. The department occupies a 36,000 sq. ft. (3,350 m2) building on the Boston University Medical Campus adjacent to the medical school, School of Public Health, School of Dental Medicine, and Boston Medical Center, the principal teaching hospital. Faculty and clinical associates offer expertise in practically all subspecialty areas within dermatology, including: skin oncology, dermatologic surgery, phototherapy, laser and cosmetic surgery, photopheresis, alopecia, skin ulcers, wound management, pediatric dermatology, acne, psoriasis, eczematous disorders, autoimmune diseases, and AIDS. Departmental researchers are leaders in fields such as skin aging, pigmentation, skin cancer, and malignant melanoma.

The Dermatopathology section processes over 25,000 biopsy specimens every year. The section makes use of state-of-the-art equipment, including advanced laser-capture microdissection techniques and sophisticated image analysis. The section also has an extensive set of teaching slides and a 12-headed teaching microscope with a video monitor.

The department provides dermatologic training to:

  • medical students
  • dermatology residents
  • international physicians in degree and non-degree programs
  • residents in primary care, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics (lectures and clinical rotations)
  • practicing primary care physicians
  • clinical fellows in dermatologic surgery, skin oncology, and dermatopathology
  • pre and postdoctoral research fellows in cell and molecular biology and preventive oncology

Curricula

International Graduate Training Program in Dermatology

The department offers this program to teach international medical graduates state-of-the-art clinical practice of dermatology and related sciences of cutaneous biology with the goal that graduates will then advance care for patients with skin diseases in their home countries.

Two tracks are possible:

  • Master of Science or Doctor of Science programs leading to a university degree for international physicians who desire specialization in dermatology to become specialists or consultants in their home countries
  • A non-degree certificate program for physicians who seek only a one-year basic training in dermatology (diploma program), or for trained dermatologists who seek one year of additional advanced training

MS in Dermatology

The core of this two-year program includes coursework in:

  • Clinical dermatology
  • Clinical-pathologic correlations
  • Basic dermatopathology
  • Structure and function of the skin
  • Cutaneous microbiology
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS
  • Photobiology
  • Dermatologic surgery

Doctorate Program

While students enrolled in the Doctorate Program will continue coursework in clinical dermatology with direct patient contact and in classroom settings, a major portion of the third and fourth years of this program is devoted to original clinical and/or laboratory-based independent research under the guidance of a faculty member to fulfill a rigorous thesis requirement. This includes literature review, experimental design, publication(s) of research findings in peer-reviewed journals, and writing of a high-quality thesis. In addition, 8 credits of coursework at the Boston University School of Public Health are required. All students who are not previously formally trained in statistical methodology are strongly advised to take at least one statistics course offered by the School of Public Health, as competence in statistical analysis of research date is required.