Conference Schedules/Grand Rounds

The Washington D.C. Dermatological Society

GW residents are members of The Washington DC Dermatological Society and attend monthly meetings. Through participation in DC Derm, residents have the opportunity to establish meaningful relationships with community Dermatologists outside of GW early in their career. GW hosts a DC Derm meeting each year during which residents present patient cases.

Grand Rounds

Residents and faculty members attend grand rounds at three different institutions: George Washington University, The National Institutes of Health, and Washington Hospital Center.

Below is a sample schedule of Grand Rounds in 2017:

July 27, 2017 NIH Grand Rounds
August 10, 2017 NIH Grand Rounds
August 17, 2017 GW Grand Rounds
August 24, 2017 NIH Grand Rounds
September 14, 2017 NIH Grand Rounds
September 21, 2017 WHC Grand Rounds
September 28, 2017 NIH Grand Rounds
October 12, 2017 NIH Grand Rounds
October 19, 2017 GW Grand Rounds
October 26, 2017 NIH Grand Rounds

Clinical Lecture Series

Twice monthly lectures on varying topics are given by a core faculty member or by volunteer faculty.

Below is a sample of clinical lectures in 2016:

August 4, 2016 Pediatric Kodachromes by Dr. Kalyani Marathe
August 11, 2016 "Injectibles Pt 1" by Dr. Terrence Keaney
August 18, 2016 "Common Consult Scenarios" by Dr. Mary Maiberger
September 1, 2016 "Pediatric Lasers" by Dr. Iris Rubin
September 22, 2016 Kodachromes by Dr. Shabnam Shahabadi
October 6, 2016 PubMed Lecture by SMHS Himmelfarb Librarians 
October 20, 2016 "Psoriasis Treatment and Comorbidities" by Dr. Ronald Prussick
October 27, 2016 "Introduction to Lasers" by Dr. Terrence Keaney

Basic Science Lecture series

GW residents attend the basic science lecture series at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center once a month. Second and third year residents are expected to present a basic science lecture.

Below is the basic science lecture schedule for 2017:

August 10, 2017 Basic Science of Psoriasis (IL-17, 12, 22, 23 genetics)
September 14, 2017 Genetics of melanoma: CDK2NA, CDK4 mutations, BAP1, TERT, FAMMM, RTK pathway
October 12, 2017 Confocal microscopy, CGH, FISH, and molecular diagnostics in skin cancer
November 9, 2017 RAS, PI3K/AKT and MTOR signaling pathway and related diseases and therapies
December 14, 2017 Inflammasome and auto inflammatory diseases: (DIRA, PAPA, SAPHO, Pustular Psoriasis, Subcorneal Pustular Dermatosis)
January 11, 2018 Immunodeficiency syndromes: STAT3, CARD9, DOCK8, PGM3
February 8, 2018 Immunology: Cells, interleukins, and adhesion molecules. 
March 22, 2018 Cutaneous microbiome, bacterial resistance and new antibiotics


Dr. Shabnam Shahabadi, GW residency program alum, reviews kodachromes to residents once a month at GW.

Intro to Dermatology Boot Camp

First-year dermatology residents often feel overwhelmed by the ever-expanding lexicon and body of knowledge that comprises dermatology. To bridge the gap between internship and the vast unknown of dermatology residency, a Washington, D.C.-based multi-institutional task force was formed to develop academic programming aimed at easing this transition. First-year residents from George Washington University, Georgetown/Washington Hospital, and Howard University convene for lectures, surgical lab, and interactive patient vignettes. This pilot program is the first of its kind in the United States, and has the potential to be implemented nationally.


  1. Communicate effectively using dermatology’s descriptive clinical terminology.
  2. Know the basics of structure and function to enable clinicopathologic correlation.
  3. Observe approaches to several common – but challenging – dermatologic conditions.
  4. Recognize clinical presentations of the most common dermatologic emergencies.
  5. Increase personal, academic, and professional relationships among our residents.

Course Directors

  • Children's National: Scott Norton, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Washington Hospital Center: Christine DeWitt, M.D.
  • GW: Adam Friedman, M.D.