Clinical Rotations

The first year of residency (PGY2) provides a strong foundation in general dermatology. Residents at this stage are introduced to common dermatologic conditions and with an emphasis on appropriate treatment and patient communication. PGY-2 residents learn basic procedural skills that are built upon over the following two years.

The second year of residency (PGY3) introduces the resident to advanced specialty rotations in order to manage increasingly complex medical dermatologic problems. Rotations in dermatopathology promote advanced histologic interpretation and clinical pathologic correlation. The dermatologic surgery rotation enhances surgical skills as residents learn to perform Mohs micrographic surgery and advanced reconstructive repairs. Subspecialty dermatology rotations concentrate exposure to patients with complex medical dermatologic conditions. The consult rotation covers inpatient services at three hospitals, and is a highly educational rotation.

The third year of residency (PGY4) is designed for residents to reinforce what was learned in the first two years of training and refine their individual practice style. Residents spend 3 months at the VA Hospital in their senior year, where they assume responsibility for patient care decisions. This leadership role helps prepare residents for independent practice.

Continuity Clinics are held one half day per week as a PGY2 and two half days per weeks in the PGY3 and PGY4 years. Residents assume full responsibility for patient care under the supervision of an attending physician.

Rotations are divided into 4 week blocks. The table below lists the number of each clinical assignments for each PGY year:

   PGY2  PGY3 PGY4
 General Dermatology – UW   3  1  1
 General Dermatology – VA  6  0  3
 Pediatric Dermatology
 1  1  1
 Subspecialty Dermatology
 2  2  1
 Dermatologic Surgery  0  1  1
 Dermatopathology  0  1  1
 Consults  0  2  1
 Medicine Specialty rotation  0  1  0
 Float  0  2  1
 Electives  0  1  2

 Subspecialty Clinics are offered in the following areas:

  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Cutaneous Lymphoma
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Nail Diseases
  • Psychocutaneous Medicine
  • Teledermatology
  • Transplant Dermatology

The Medicine Specialty rotation allows residents to work with our esteemed colleagues in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. This clinic is required as a PGY3 and may be repeated during an elective rotation. The following clinics are represented:

  • Oncology – Melanoma Clinic
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Adult Allergy
  • Pediatric Allergy

Unique Program Attributes

Inmate Clinic – The Inmate Clinic is held at the University of Wisconsin Hospital once monthly. This is a high yield clinic where many patients have access to health care for the first time. The clinic focuses on complex medical dermatology and patient education.

Chicago Dermatological Society – All UW Dermatology residents are members of the Chicago Dermatological Society. Trainees are allowed to attend four CDS meetings each year.

Global Health opportunities – UW Health offers a multitude of international electives across the world.