This two-year fellowship program is geared to prepare individuals for an academic career in Dermatopathology in the US. Training in diagnostic dermatopathology is founded on our volume of over 20,000 accessions per year, which include consultations on previously prepared slides, and thus a high proportion of challenging material. Fellows see all or some of the cases prior to their being signed out by an attending. Ancillary diagnostic training is available in immunoperoxidase techniques and molecular biology. Research opportunities include clinicopathologic studies, immunoperoxidase, ultrastructural and molecular biologic investigation of aspects of skin disease.
The International Training Program in Dermatopathology, offered by Boston University, is designed for overseas physicians who seek to learn dermatopathology and then return to their countries of origin to set up dermatopathology services. Trainees in this program are not eligible to sit for the special certification examination given by the American Board of Pathology, nor are they eligible to practice medicine in the United States. The trainees will not be permitted to interact with patients in clinics.
The Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship involves training in the following areas: monitoring of patients with pigmented lesions, with dermatoscopy and photography, skin cancer prevention education and counseling, early diagnosis and management of patients with malignant melanomas, diagnosis and treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cutaneous lymphomas, extracorporeal photopheresis, conduct of clinical trials for skin cancer patients, histopathology of pigmented lesions, melanomas, and cutaneous lymphomas, preparation of didactic lectures in skin oncology for dermatology residents, and manuscript preparation and submission.
The focus of this fellowship is to develop expertise in the diagnosis and management of connective tissue diseases, including lupus, scleroderma, morphea, dermatomyositis, and vasculitis, and other complex medical dermatoses, such as psoriasis, sarcoidosis, hidradenitis suppurativa, and atopic dermatitis. Given the systemic involvement of many of these diseases, emphasis is placed on multidisciplinary collaboration with other specialties, including rheumatology, allergy, nephrology, and gastroenterology. In particular, there is opportunity for rotations through other specialty clinics and for clinical and translational research according to the fellow’s interests.