Fellowships and Training Programs

Dermatopathology Fellowship:
The Dermatopathology Fellowship Training Program offers two courses of study, one for the trainee with a Dermatology background and one for the trainee with a Pathology background. Both programs involve 50% of the trainee's time spent in Dermatopathology, while the other 50% of the time is spent training in either Dermatology or Pathology depending on the background of the trainee. Both types of trainees should learn appropriate circumstances for performing and be proficient in interpreting immunoperoxidase stains, immunofluorescence studies and electron microscopy. Finally, the fellow should be able to formulate an appropriate Dermatopathology report. Both fellows should be qualified and prepared to take the certification examination in Dermatopathology after one (1) year. This program is ACGME accredited and allows for American Board of Dermatology certification in Dermatopathology. A dermatology or pathology residency is required prior to the fellowship. For more details please contact Leah Zemba.
50% Dermatopathology / 50% Pathology
The main goal for a Dermatology trained fellow is to enhance his/her knowledge of Dermatopathology as much as possible in one year. The fellow should also learn routine and special procedures in pathology, including grossing of specimens, fixation and processing techniques, and slide preparation and staining. He/She should also gain proficiency in ordering and interpreting appropriate special procedures-special and immunoperoxidase stains, molecular diagnostic studies, (particularly for lymphoproliferative lesions), immunofluorescent procedures, and electron microscopy. Some basic concepts of laboratory management should also be gained. In addition, fellows should acquire enough autopsy experience to be able to perform a complete autopsy prosection, and to formulate and sign out autopsy reports with the Pathology attending.
50% Dermatopathology / 50% Dermatology
The foremost goal for a Pathology trained fellow is to learn as much Dermatopathology as possible in one year, recognizing that the one year can only be a start in a career in Dermatopathology. Continued learning will be acquired with experience, and by attending Dermatopathology workshops and meetings long after the fellowship year. Clinico-pathological correlation is extremely important in Dermatopathology, and it is very important that the fellow obtain a solid foundation in clinical Dermatology by seeing patients in the clinics and by attending clinical conferences. The fellow should learn to examine and describe clinical lesions and place them into context with the histopathology from biopsies, formulating and comparing clinical and pathological differentials, and arriving at appropriate diagnoses. He should also become proficient in performing routine clinical procedures including biopsies and KOH fungal and parasite microscopic preparations.
Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship:
The Department of Dermatology is offering a one year training non-ACGME program in Dermatologic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, and Skin Health, designed to provide broad experience in general and cosmetic dermatologic surgery. Under the direction of Suzan Obagi, MD the program is designed to provide trainees with a broad range of experience necessary for the practice of modern dermatologic surgery. Training will include significant exposure to general dermatologic surgery, cutaneous surgical oncology, and Mohs surgery. Trainees will also receive considerable experience in cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures by participating in the department's Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center. This unique academically affiliated center offers the latest in cosmetic and laser surgery advances including tumescent liposuction of the body and face, blepharoplasties, rhytidectomies, fat transplantation, laser resurfacing, chemical resurfacing, microdermabrasion, collagen fillers, botox, sclerotherapy, and scar revision. No certification is available through the American Board of Dermatology for this program. A dermatology residency is required for acceptance into this program. For more details please contact Chris Podnar.
Medical Dermatology Fellowship
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Dermatology has a fellowship opportunity in Medical Dermatology starting July 1, 2012.

The Medical Dermatology Fellowship is a program intended to train a physician who has completed their internship or residency who has an interest in learning more about the field of medical dermatology in preparation for applying to/or completing a dermatology residency. The training program includes: 1) Clinical participation in medical dermatology clinics learning the evaluation and management of complex manifestations of cutaneous signs of internal disease, the use of immunosuppressive agents, appropriate use of medical consultants and the use of technology to deliver specialized care. 2) Formal didactic learning and teaching opportunities 3) Investigational participation in retrospective or prospective IRB approved protocols on various medical dermatology topics and experience in developing and publishing manuscripts.

How to Apply:
Completion of PGY-1 training is required. Applicants should send or email their CV (with USMLE scores) and a brief letter of intent to:

Joseph C. English III, MD
Professor of Dermatology
Director, Medical Dermatology Fellowship


Louis D. Falo, Jr., MD, PhD
Department of Dermatology
200 Lothrop Street
Presby South Tower Suite 3880
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Email to the attention of Sarah Ondriezek
Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center offers a one or two-year fellowship in Cutaneous Oncology which includes training in the following areas:
  • Clinical and Translational Research, such as clinical trials in cutaneous oncology as well as an opportunity for basic research. The fellows participate in consenting, screening, enrolling, and managing patients enrolled in the various study protocols. Qualified fellows will have an opportunity to conduct laboratory research, which is study and fellow-specific.
  • Pigmented Lesion Clinic at Hillman Cancer Center. Fellows will gain experience in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients with various skin cancers, including melanoma, squamous and basal cell carcinoma, adnexal and vascular tumors among others. Fellows will perform total mucocutaneous examinations, and will be actively involved in staging and therapy of patients with cutaneous malignancies, including minor surgical procedures and excisions.
  • Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic. Fellows will be trained in all aspects of cutaneous lymphomas diagnosis and management. Fellows will be actively recruiting patients with cutaneous lymphomas to participate in numerous clinical trials offered at the department. Fellows will also be involved in management of graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) using immunomodulating therapy, such as extracorporeal photopheresis.
The Cutaneous Oncology Fellows attend various didactic conferences, including weekly resident teaching lectures, dermatopathology conferences, and journal clubs, participate in presentations at Dermatology Department Grand Rounds, Oncology Lymphoma Tumor Board and other selected Grand Rounds. The fellows also will have an opportunity to present their work at the national and international conferences such as American Academy of Dermatology and Society for Investigative Dermatology, among others.

Medical Degree from recognized American medical school is required. Completion of PGY-1 is strongly preferred for fellows focusing on clinical training in cutaneous oncology.

How to Apply
Applicants should email their application (ERAS applications are preferred), including CV, medical school transcript, grades, board scores, letters of recommendations and brief personal statement to Kathy Kotova.

March 17, 2012 for the fellowship beginning on July 1, 2012.