SMHS Department of Dermatology Announces Fund for New Residency Program

April 30, 2014

The Department of Dermatology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is pleased to announce the creation of the Mervyn L. Elgart, M.D. Residency Fund. Named in memory of the chair of the department from 1974 until 1999, the fund supports extracurricular programming and educational opportunities for the department’s future residents. Gifts to the fund will help support the purchase of teaching equipment, books, simulation equipment, and other resources.

The department plans to establish the residency program beginning in summer 2015. It will initially support one resident per year, with hopes of expanding to two residents per year in the future. “The Merv Elgart fund will help us support the growth of our program and offer unique opportunities for our residents,” says Alison Ehrlich, M.D. '96, M.H.S., chair of the Department of Dermatology. “It will allow us to host out-of-town guest lecturers and provide travel support to present research at national meetings,” Ehrlich says.

Elgart, who went by “Merv,” helped to found the dermatology training program at SMHS that was in operation until 2005. He trained dozens of residents and fellows during his tenure, and encouraged many students to consider entering the field. He is remembered by his colleagues as having “created a family within the dermatology department.”

Please consider supporting the fund here.