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Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery Residency Program

A word from the program director, Richard Marchell, MD

The mission of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery is to promote excellence in research, scholarship, education, and clinical services. Academic and clinical interests of the full-time faculty encompass all aspects of dermatology including medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery and oncology, cosmetic dermatology, dermatopathology, immunodermatology, and pediatric dermatology. Affiliated clinical faculty share their expertise in mycology, infectious diseases, and other clinical disciplines. Residents work closely with each faculty member, and thus receive a well-rounded experience by completion of their training. The faculty and residents of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery collaborate frequently with members of other departments, including Rheumatology and Immunology, Pediatrics, Pathology, Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology. Residents and fellows have the opportunity to participate in joint research projects with these departments.

The Department has a modern, well-equipped, spacious outpatient facility which offers a variety of specialized patient care services including UVB/UVA phototherapy and patch testing for the diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis. Instruction in an extensive range of procedures including excisional surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery, flaps, grafts, and other reconstructive techniques, and cosmetic and laser surgery is available in the Dermatologic Surgery Unit. The Department also offers an accredited fellowship program in procedural dermatology, and participates in the dermatopathology fellowship program administered by the Department of Pathology.

While most residency activities are conducted at our on-campus Rutledge Tower offices and clinics, the Veterans Administration Hospital, located a short walk away, is an important part of our training program. In addition, instruction in dermatopathology is facilitated not only through the Dermatopathology Division of our Department of Pathology, but also through Trident Dermatology in North Charleston, SC. Residents are well schooled in both medical and surgical dermatology and dermatopathology by the conclusion of their training.

Our program includes twelve residents, or four per year. We encourage applications from all parts of the country. All applicants are evaluated equally without preference given to area of residence or site of medical school training. Applicants to our program must apply through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS). We use the standard information requested by ERAS. No paper applications will be accepted. You may obtain detailed information on how to apply by contacting your Dean's Office or by visiting the ERAS website.

Applicants must complete a first postgraduate year in a broad-based clinical program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the United States or a similar program in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The clinical programs that are acceptable for the first postgraduate year are: a transitional year or a first-year residency in internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or emergency medicine. Although all of these are acceptable choices, we encourage you to consider a Transitional Year Program or a Preliminary Year Program because of potential future funding issues.

For more information regarding your application or for questions about our training program, please contact:

Mark Lynch, Program Coordinator
Dermatology Residency Training Program
Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
135 Rutledge Avenue, 11th Floor
MSC 578
Charleston, SC 29425

Richard Marchell, M.D., Program Director
Dermatology Residency Training Program
Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina