Clinical Opportunities

General Dermatology:

General dermatology will be a focus of clinical rotations during all three years at Tufts Medical Center and the VA. Residents are exposed to general dermatology and specialty clinics during this time, including pediatric dermatology, blistering diseases, connective tissue diseases, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, hair loss, lasers and cosmetics and allergic contact dermatitis.


First year residents focus on the fundamentals of performing excisions at Tufts Medical Center under the supervision of Drs. Nguyen and Tierney. Second and third year residents perform excisions and assist in Mohs surgery during their VA rotation and at Tufts.

Inpatient consults:

Second and third year residents have a two month consult rotation which covers both adult and pediatric inpatient services at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children's Hospital. Residents also get to experience the consult service at the West Roxbury VA.

Lasers and cosmetics:

Drs. Plotnikova, Yang and Moustafa provide the following services at Tufts Medical Center:

Facial Rejuvenation:

  • Botox and Dysport injections for Crow's feet (around the eyes), frown and forehead lines
  • Facial volume replacement and wrinkle reduction using fillers like Belotero, Restylane Silk, Lyft, Juvaderm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Volbella, Vollure, Voluma, Sculptra
  • Facial tightening and skin resurfacing using fractional and traditional radiofrequency

Removal of Pigmentation, brown spots, “age spots”using:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser treatment

Laser removal of Redness/unwanted facial blood vessels or rosacea

Laser Hair removal

Tattoo removal

Sclerotherapy of spider veins on the legs

Improvement of Acne and scars using:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Surgical removal of ice pick scars
  • Fractional non-ablative and ablative resurfacing
  • Fractional Radiofrequency
  • Photodynamic therapy

Body contouring and fat reduction using:

  • Kybella for the neck
  • Radiofrequency treatments for the face and body

Residents will rotate through cosmetic clinics and participate in hands-on learning cosmetic sessions during all three years.


Dr. Meera Mahalingam at the VA provides a comprehensive dermatopathology curriculum (lectures and slides at multi-headed scope) as part of the resident didactics.

Dr. Arash Radfar at Inform DX provides a comprehensive dermatopathology curriculum (lectures and slides at multi-headed scope) as part of the resident didactics. 


Second and Third year residents have two weeks in each years to for electives. In the past our residents have spent time in various clinical settings, both in Boston and away, studying and learning from different experts and including doing international work in Botswana"