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Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship Program

The UTMB Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship Program accepts one new trainee each year for a one-year fellowship.  The program is fully accredited by the ACGME and is administered by the Department of Dermatology.  Trainees attend conferences, act as consultants for residents and faculty and participate in the teaching of procedural dermatology to dermatology and plastic surgery residents.

Fellows acquire special competence in this subspecialty in order to pursue a career in academia or private practice.  Supervision is conducted by the faculty in charge of each of the rotations the fellow undertakes.  Formal rotational evaluations of the progress of the fellow is performed every three months during the fellowship and the Dermatology Clinical Competency Committee also reviews the fellow’s progress biannually in December in and in June.

The main focus of the fellowship is skin cancer diagnosis and management, with emphasis on Mohs micrographic surgery and wound reconstruction.  The fellow rotates with three UTMB Mohs faculty, Dr. Richard Wagner (fellowship director) in Galveston, Dr. David Raimer (private practice, Webster), and Dr. Aaron Joseph (private practice, Pasadena).  The fellow must participate in a minimum of 400 Mohs cases throughout the year and 300 reconstructions.  The fellow will also rotate on the UTMB Cosmetic Dermatology Service with Dr. Erica Kelly (lasers, fillers, neurotoxins) throughout the year.  The fellow also trains students and residents in procedural dermatology, presents procedural materials and interesting cases at conferences, participates in the annual resident review for procedural dermatology during ITE preparations and gives the faculty input in to the selection of the next fellow.

Applicants must have a valid, unrestricted Texas medical license in order to be considered for interview and must have completed or in the process of completing a 3 year ACGME residency in dermatology.  The fellowship officially starts on July 1st of each year without exception.  In addition, all Step scores are required as well as a letter of recommendation from their dermatology program director and director of Mohs surgery.  UTMB will participate in the San Francisco match if there is not internal candidates selected for the fellowship position each year and UTMB decides to opt out of the match.  UTMB does not permit outside residents from other institutions to rotate in the department.  All applications must be complete and received by January 1st, two years prior to the commencement of the fellowship.  Complete applications including proof of an unrestricted Texas Medical License for the July 1, 2018 fellowship position must be receive by January 1, 2017. Suitable applicants will be invited to Galveston for a one day interview.

No moonlighting is permitted during this year long fellowship program.  During the fellowship year, the fellow is required to complete at least one clinical research project tatt is approve by Dr. Wagner and submit it for presentation at the American College of Mohs Surgery meeting.  In addition, the fellow if required to complete one quality improvement project approved by Dr. Gibson related to Mohs surgery during the academic year. 

For more information about our fellowship program and an application please contact Marianne Keeswood at 409-772-1911 or email her at makeeswo@utmb.edu.