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Department of Dermatology

Curriculum

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Each year in the Dermatology Residency program at Baylor College of Medicine offers unique training opportunities and responsibilities.

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Dermatologic Surgery

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The Dermatologic Surgery Service at Baylor College of Medicine includes three full-time dermatologic surgeons (Dr. Ida Orengo, Dr. Ikue Shimizu and Dr. Helen Malone) trained in Mohs micrographic surgery as well as multiple cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Surgical procedures are scheduled for residents at the VA Medical Center and Ben Taub Hospital beginning during the first year of training.

Mohs surgery is scheduled weekly at the VA Medical Center and the residents play an integral part in assisting during these procedures. Additional surgical experience is gained at the department's private office. Baylor residents obtain excellent and comprehensive surgical experience throughout their three years of training.

Recommended standards set forth by the American Board of Dermatology are easily attained. Residents may schedule surgical procedures five days per week at the VA and four days per week at Ben Taub Hospital.

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Pediatric Dermatology

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The Pediatric Dermatology Service at Baylor is staffed by two full-time pediatric dermatologists. Clinical activities are based primarily at Texas Children's Hospital, the largest freestanding pediatric hospital in the United States. A private clinic is located at Texas Children's, where approximately 150-200 private patients are seen each week.

Inpatient consultations are seen at Texas Children’s, Ben Taub Hospital, and The Woman's Hospital of Texas. The Pediatric Dermatology Service is also active in the Genetics Clinic and the Neurofibromatosis Clinic.

A separate Hemangioma Clinic has also been established. A Candela pulsed dye laser is located in the outpatient surgical suite at Texas Children's, where treatment of vascular malformations is frequently performed. Additional lasers for pigmented and other lesions are also available.

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Cosmetic and Laser Dermatology

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A wide selection of techniques and technology gives Baylor dermatologists the flexibility to offer treatment for a variety of skin problems, providing quality care for patients who want to improve their appearance.

Procedures include Botox injections, injectable fillers, excessive sweating treatments, laser treatment of acne, scars, hair removal, blood vessels and tattoo removal, as well as mild chemical peels and sclerotherapy.

Available lasers are the Candela Smoothbeam, Coherent (Lumenis) LightSheer, Candela V-Beam, Hoya Con-Bio Medlite C6, Fraxel laser by Reliant, Laserscope Lyra-i, Weck CO2 laser, and Lumenis One IPL.

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Dermatopathology

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Experience in dermatopathology is provided by weekly didactic conferences, formal dermatopathology rotations, and interaction with the staff dermatopathologist concerning patients on the resident's service. The staff dermatopathologist and assigned resident review dermatopathology specimens from the outpatient Baylor laboratory material and from the outpatient clinics at the VA Medical Center and Ben Taub Hospital. Material on inpatients is available from Texas Children’s Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital.