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Program Type: Military Medical Center

Location: Bethesda, MD

Accredited: Yes, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Program Length: 1 Year

Required Pre-Requisite Training: Graduation from an ACGME accredited Dermatology or Pathology Residency

Categorical Year in Specialty Required: N/A

Total Approved Complement: 1

Approved per Year (if applicable): 1

Dedicated research year offered: No

Medical Student Rotation availability: 4th year

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH): No

Program Phone Number: 301-221-1253

Program Email:

Program Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Program Description

The National Capital Consortium oversees the only Dermatopathology Fellowship Training Program in the Department of Defense. The vast majority of the rotations for the Fellow take place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Maryland with additional rotations for two-week intervals both at the Joint Pathology Center and University of Virginia. There are typically four to six Dermatopathologists on staff at WRNMMC and the Fellow receives intense individualized training. The Fellowship is open to applications from any Active Duty Attending or Resident Pathologists or Dermatologists of any branch of the United States military. The lab at WRNMMC typically signs out more than 8,000 primary dermatopathology cases per year, as well as more than 1000 cases sent to WRNMMC for second opinion consultation from military hospitals and clinics around the world. Co-location with WRNMMC’s Immunodermatology service allows the opportunity to interpret more than 300 cutaneous direct immunofluorescence cases per year, as well. Facilities include a separate Fellow office equipped with microscope, fluorescent microscope, and photomicrograph capability, as well as an extensive library. The Dermatopathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and has received no citations throughout its existence. Graduates from the fellowship have a 100% board passage rate.

Trainees with a background in Pathology will complete an extended training program through the Dermatology service at WRNMMC. The Dermatology Residency Program offers a well-rounded clinical education in addition to in-depth didactic sessions, weekly dermatopathology reviews, and weekly Dermatology Grand Rounds which are co-hosted by the Dermatology service at the National Institutes of Health and other local Dermatology residency programs. The Dermatology service is equipped with a Mohs lab and performs hundreds of Mohs Micrographical Surgery cases per year.

Trainees with a background in Dermatology will complete an extended training program through the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology service at WRNMMC. The Pathology Residency Program offers daily didactic sessions as well as case-based slide teaching at a multi-headed microscope. The Pathology Service includes several sub-specialty staff, including Hematopathology, Molecular Pathology, Forensic Pathology, GYN and Breast Pathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, as well as Dermatopathology. Special rotations through tissue processing, staining and additional laboratory techniques, as well as Hematopathology will be completed, as well.

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Dermatopathology Fellowship Program

Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services, Building 9, Ground Floor, Room 0849

Hours of Operation:

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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