The University of Pennsylvania provides unique educational opportunities and resources which are integral to the mission of developing academic clinician teachers. Committee work in the administrative module may lead to interaction with scholars from the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Care Economics who conduct research in health care policy and education through a collaborative venture between the Wharton School of Business and the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry. The Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers didactic coursework on fundamentals of medical research which will be a component of the clinical research module. The DFACT fellow will interact and exchange ideas with scholars from these various institutions whose leadership fully supports our goals and will make their resources available to us.
The teaching, administrative, clinical research, and clinical dermatology modules will be integrated into the functions of the Department of Dermatology. Under the leadership of the Chair, George Cotsarelis, M.D., the department is reaffirming its mission of academic and scholarly excellence in the fields of basic science research, clinical research, and clinical practice by supporting this program in order to promote excellence in clinical teaching and clinical research.
Penn dermatologists are leaders in their fields of expertise and will provide mentoring and instruction for the fellow. The department has a diverse faculty conducting basic science research and investigating clinical dermatology in a variety of specialty clinics. Examples of specialty clinics include:
Aimee Payne - bullous disorder, William James - acne and rosacea, Glen Crawford and Bruce Brod - contact dermatitis, Joel Gelfand - psoriasis, Lisa Pappas-Taffer and Victoria Werth - autoimmune disorders/bullous disorders, George Cotsarelis - hair disorders, Michael Ming, Rosalie Elenitsas and Emily Chu - pigmented lesions, Alain Rook, Carmela Vittorio, Ellen Kim, Sara Samimi, Jennifer Villasenor-Park and Paul Haun - cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, Jim Treat and Albert Yan - pediatric dermatology. Misha Rosenbach - sarcoid and Dermatology Hospitalist, Robert Micheletti - vasculitis and Dermatology Hospitalist, Carrie Kovarik - teledermatology and global medicine, Doug Pugliese - wound care, Susan Taylor and Temitayo Ogunleye - skin of color.
The department offers clinical experience and research opportunities from a variety of patient populations at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Veterans' Administration Hospital, and Pennsylvania Hospital. DFACT is directed by William James, M.D., Vice Chair of Education and Training and Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology. Dr. James is a nationally recognized scholar and educator in the field of dermatology.
This fellowship is not a matched program. Individuals interested should write Dr. James stating your background, interests, and long-term goals. A current CV should accompany the cover letter.
Also see: On the Importance of the Clinician-Educator
Dermatology Fellowship for Academic Clinician Teachers
William D. James, MD
Arch Dermatol. 1998;134:151-153
William D. James, MD
Vice Chair of Education and Training
Paul R. Gross Professor
Director of Resident Program
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3600 Spruce Street
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