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GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Announces New Dermatology Residency Program

WASHINGTON (Aug. 11, 2015) – The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is pleased to announce a new dermatology residency program that began on July 1, 2015.

This unique training experience is open to national and international medical students, who will learn to provide the highest level of dermatology care to all patients. Residents will master the medical, surgical, and histopathological components of dermatology, while working with a multicultural and socially diverse patient population in Washington, D.C. Trainees will gain key investigative skills through a unique required research project, supported by an already robust clinical research program headed by Alison Ehrlich, M.D., M.H.S., professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at SMHS.

Adam Friedman, M.D., who serves as an associate professor of dermatology and was newly recruited to serve as the dermatology residency program director, has multiple leadership roles in national dermatology organizations. He serves on the AAD Sulzberger Committee on Education and Poster Task Force, is Vice President of the Nanodermatology Society and the Dermatology Section of the New York Academy of Medicine, and directs several national board review programs.

“GW and Washington, D.C. create an ideal environment for residents to develop the skills necessary to thrive in any medical setting,” said Friedman, who is also the director of translational research in the Department of Dermatology at SMHS. “It’s my goal to help develop future dermatologists through our rigorous and supportive teaching environment, innovative research initiatives, and by example of excellence in patient care.”

The program will currently enroll two residents each year. The curriculum provides comprehensive instruction and exposure in medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, consultative inpatient dermatology, and several subspecialty areas. Residents will rotate through ambulatory clinics and in-patient consultation services at three different medical centers: the GW Medical Faculty Associates and the GW Hospital; the Washington DC VA Medical Center; and Children’s National Health System. This rotational system will expose residents to a broad spectrum of dermatologic patients and disease and allow for continuity of care, as residents are scheduled to see their own follow-up patients during their rotation.

Clinical training is also matched with more than eight hours of clinical conferences and didactic lectures delivered weekly by SMHS faculty and faculty from the D.C. community. The program will also provide educational programming and leadership opportunities to practicing dermatologists and other physicians.

For information on how to apply for the program, please visit http://smhs.gwu.edu/dermatology/residency.

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About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities. smhs.gwu.edu.