The dermatology residency program at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston (SJML) began in 2006, by Dr. Daniel M Stewart, who continues to serve as the program director. An Osteopathic training program, there are currently 12 residents per academic year. Additionally, the program offers fellowships in Mohs surgery. The teaching faculty consists of 18 attending physicians with focuses on general dermatology, contact dermatitis, dermatopathology, Mohs surgery, immunobullous disease, cosmetics, laser dermatology and skin of color.
In addition to working with a wide range of faculty members, dermatology residents are exposed to multiple patient ethnicities through the academic teaching clinic located in Ann Arbor as well as private practices in metro Detroit with patient exposures exceeding 130,000 annually. Midwest Dermatology serves as an integral part of resident education, as each attending at Midwest Dermatology is truly dedicated to serving an active teaching role. While rotating through Midwest Dermatology, residents spend time learning the art of clinical dermatology, clinical studies, and Mohs surgery. In addition, residents have access to a state of the art on-site histology lab staffed by board certified dermatopathologists. Unique to the SJML dermatology residency is an international dermatology rotation in the Dominican Republic as a senior resident. This unprecedented rotation abroad immerses residents in tropical dermatology with exposure to rare cases in infectious disease, while strengthening their medical Spanish skills.
The residents gain autonomy and confidence in their diagnostic and decision-making skills at the academic dermatology continuity clinic. Residents have numerous opportunities for procedural dermatology including dermatologic surgery, Mohs surgery, chemical peels, toxin and filler injections, and laser treatments. Adjacent to the resident clinic is the dermatopathology department with 4 full-time dermatopathologists, offering a greater understanding of clinical pathologic correlations.
Residents have presented at numerous national meetings including the AAD, AOCD, ASDS and ASDP. In 2012, 9 of 12 residents presented cases for the resident Gross and Microscopic forum at the AAD meeting in San Diego. Each year the program hosts a Michigan Dermatologic Society (MDS) meeting, one of four conducted by the major academic dermatology programs in the state. This event is a large patient grand rounds with esoteric dermatologic conditions seen in the various resident clinics. Last year 40 live patients were presented along with poster sessions and feature cases from the Dominican Republic. Over 130 Michigan dermatologists attended the meeting with presentations by guest speakers and residents.
Resident didactics include weekly textbook reviews, dermatopathology slides, clinical images, and board review sessions. Grand rounds, and journal clubs are held on a monthly basis. Moreover, residents participate in monthly business meetings focused on the key aspects of running a successful and efficient dermatology practice. The growth and success of the dermatology residency program at SJML has been dependent on our dedicated, active teaching faculty.
The dermatology program at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston offers clinical rotations for both medical students and interns wishing to pursue a future in dermatology. Medical students interested in pursuing a rotation are encouraged to contact the Department of Medical Education in order to set up a clinical rotation based out of the outpatient resident dermatology clinic by contacting Sarah Sabol at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interns interested in applying to the residency program are encouraged to set up a 3-day outpatient office rotation with Dr. Stewart and colleagues at Midwest Dermatology by contacting Patrice Robertson at email@example.com for scheduling.