Excellence in Dermatology Training
The Tufts Medical Center Department of Dermatology formed its own independent residency training program in April 2008. Our program is ACGME-accredited for 9 resident positions. As of July 2016 we have 9 residents: 3 first years, 3 second years, 3 third years. We will be participating in the upcoming NRMP Match for July 2017, for 3 positions.
Our program has many strengths including:
- High patient volume
- Patient diversity
- Specialty clinics in infectious disease, psoriasis, and cosmetics
- Two Mohs surgeons who operate on site
- ACGME accredited dermatopathology fellowship
- Fellowships offered in clinical research
- Ongoing clinical research in psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppuritiva, vitiligo, lupus, and alopecia areata.
- Affiliation with the Boston VA Medical Center (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury)
- Located in Boston’s theater district, near downtown, abundant ethnic cuisine and fine dining is within walking distance
Tufts College was founded in 1852 as a non-sectarian institution of higher learning in Medford, Massachusetts, about five miles from Boston. It is now organized into 10 schools on four campuses. The Medical Sciences campus is in Boston’s Chinatown adjacent to Tufts Medical Center (formerly New England Medical Center), the primary teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. The Medical School and the Dermatology Department were founded in 1893. Initially the Dermatology Department was centered at the Boston City Hospital. It was a Tufts Service and the major site of dermatology teaching for Tufts medical students. Important leaders of the Department in the modern era were Dr. John Downing (1944-1952), Dr. Bernard Appel (1952-1961), and Dr. Walter Lever (1961-1977). Dr. Lever, an eminent German-born dermatologist and dermatopathologist, was a pioneer in understanding and managing blistering diseases of the skin such as pemphigus vulgaris and bullous pemphigoid. Under his leadership dermatology at Tufts grew remarkably, with generous NIH support for research and training.
In 1980 Dr. David S. Feingold, boarded in internal medicine, infectious disease and dermatology, was appointed Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Feingold was given the charge of building a vibrant academic dermatology presence at Tufts. In the 1980s and 90s dermatology at Tufts prospered. Dr. Donald Grande set up a strong surgical division with a Mohs surgery fellowship. The surgical program remains very strong today. Since Tufts Medical Center includes a pediatric hospital, there is strong pediatric dermatology training. The Department has remained very busy and financially successful with over 13,000 outpatient visits yearly. Dr. Feingold stepped down as Chair in 2003 although he served as interim chair until 2006.
In March 2006, Dr. Alice B. Gottlieb, boarded in internal medicine, rheumatology and dermatology, and an internationally recognized expert and leader in the field of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, joined Tufts Medical Center as its Chair of Dermatology. Her research using targeted immunobiologics as pathogenic probes, provided new understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis and provided the foundation for biologic drug development in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. As a direct result of Dr. Gottlieb’s work, many biotechnology-engineered immunomodulators are FDA and /or EMEA-approved for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Gottlieb stepped down as Chair in 2016. Dr. Jay Duker serves as the interim chair while an active search takes place.
Most of our faculty practice medical dermatology and this will be the focus of your clinical rotations during your first and second years at the Tufts Medical Center and the VA.
Dr. Sobell has a clinic at Tufts Medical Center that specialize in the use of the biologic agents in the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in addition to traditional systemic agents and phototherapy.
First year residents focus on the fundamentals of performing excisions at Tufts Medical Center under the supervision of Drs. Nguyen and Tierney. Second year residents perform excisions and assist in Mohs surgery during their VA rotation.
Second year residents get an introduction to the consult service at the West Roxbury VA. Most of the dermatology consult experience occurs during the third year rotation at Tufts Medical Center which covers both adult and pediatric inpatient services (Floating Hospital for Children).
Drs. Urman and Tierney provide the following services at Tufts Medical Center:
- Botox injections
- Fillers/ soft tissue augmentation
- Hair removal laser
- Vascular laser
- Chemical peels
Residents will participate in these clinics during all three years.
Mandana Mahmoodi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology & Dermatopathology and Director of our dermatopathology fellowship. She is also the director of the dermatopathology curriculum for residents. Dr.Mahmoodi, as well as other staff dermatopathologists from Miraca Life Sciences such as the associate director Dr. Marier Hernandez, provides a comprehensive dermatopathology curriculum (lectures and slides at multi-headed scope) as well as two unknown sessions at the scope each month.
Seven hours per week are dedicated to formal didactic sessions systematically covering the following subjects below.
- Clinical core curriculum (Andrews/ Bolognia)
- Surgical/ cosmetic lectures (1-2x / month)
- Dermatopathology curriculum (2x/ month)
- Drugs in Dermatology (1x/ month)
- Journal club (1x/ month)
- Clinical-pathologic correlation (1x/ month)
- Genodermatoses (Spitz, 1x/ month, resident lead))
- Basic science (1x/ month, resident lead)
- Grand Rounds lectures (1x/ month)
Elective time is optional during the second and third residency year and is provided for the purpose of rounding out your training experience. We advise that your elective be in a subspecialty not offered within our training program.
New England Dermatological Society
Tufts Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Harvard, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the University of Massachusetts Departments of Dermatology rotate to provide 3 clinical meetings per year with 20-30 patients with rare diagnoses followed by group discussion.
American Academy of Dermatology
Residents are encouraged to attend the annual spring meeting each year and to participate in poster and/or gross & microscopic presentations. The number of CME days allotted depends upon resident year – (3 for first years, 4 for second years, and 5 for third years).
Miraca LS has partnered with the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology at Tufts Medical Center to create this fellowship, which is directed by Dr. Mahmoodi . They currently train one fellow per year.
We will only review applications submitted through ERAS.
Only applications that fulfill the 3 criteria below will be reviewed by our Resident Selection Committee:
- Minimum score of 240 on both USMLE Step 1 and Step 2
- Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation (not more than 4). The Dermatology Standard Letter of Recommendation template is suggested, but not required (see pdf below)
- Deadline for receipt of completed applications is Oct 1, 2016
Download the Dermatology Standardized Letter of Recommendation >
David Rosmarin, MD
Program Director, Dermatology Residency
Program Coordinator, Dermatology Residency
Administrative Assistant, Department Of Dermatology