The Rio Grande Valley Dermatology Residency Program is structured as an educational partnership between the Bay Area Corpus Christi Medical Center and private dermatology practices in Rio Grande Valley. The Dermatology Residency Program is a three year program that offers excellent clinical training including extensive surgical and pathology exposure.
The goal of the residency program is to train osteopathic physicians to become excellent clinical dermatologists and leaders in academic and clinical dermatology. We believe that this is best accomplished by a fully integrated approach to training involving:
- A broad clinical experience
- A basic science curriculum integrated with clinical dermatology
- A comprehensive knowledge of dermatopathology
- Proficiency in the fundamentals of dermatology surgery
- Exposure to active dermatologic investigation in laboratory and clinical research
The training program provides residents with extensive clinical experience under the supervision of full time faculty members. Increasing responsibility for patient care occurs over the 3-year residency, with third year residents having primary responsibility for patient care. The close integration of clinical and basic science activities is designed to give residents a solid foundation in the fundamentals of dermatologic pathophysiology so that these principles can be applied to the care of patients.
The acquisition of core competencies in osteopathic graduate medical education unique to dermatology will be required of all residents. Following a required Traditional Internship this three-year program will be varied, broad, progressive and systematic. The program shall prepare the resident to provide dermatologic care for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.
Residents have full use of all library facilities including online access to the reserve collection of electronic journals. Access will also be available to residents while at community clinic sites. Clinical experiences obtained at both private community and academic health center facilities enable residents to treat a diverse population of patients.