Training programs in dermatopathology

The training program in dermatopathology shall be an equal and joint function of the department of dermatology and of the department of pathology. The training period in dermatopathology shall be one or more years subsequent to the satisfactory completion of residency training in an approved program in either dermatology or pathology as outlined in the Directory of Residency Training Programs. For pathologists, the dermatopathology program must include a minimum of six months of training in clinical dermatology in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or its equivalent. For dermatologists, dermatopathology program must include a minimum of six months of training in anatomic pathology in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or its equivalent. In either instance, this experience may be either in block or integrated in the first year of the program.

The sponsoring institution must provide ample case material and supporting facilities to meet the training requirements in dermatopathology, clinical dermatology, autopsy pathology, and surgical pathology.

The dermatopathology training program must include both didactic instruction and practical experience in the clinical and microscopic diagnosis of skin disorders by means of direct inspection, appropriate microscopic techniques including light and electron microscopy, immunopathology, histochemistry, and the relevant aspects of cutaneous mycology, bacteriology, and entomology. The program should provide an environment in which medical research related to the specialty is actively pursued. The program must provide a sufficient volume and variety of dermatologic problems and other educational material for the trainee to acquire the qualifications of a consultant in dermatopathology. The program must provide the trainee with the training required to set up and to operate a dermatopathology laboratory and to supervise and train laboratory personnel.

The program must be directed and closely supervised by a physician possessing board certification or equivalent training and experience in either of the contributing specialties of dermatology or pathology. The program director must devote sufficient time to provide adequate leadership to the program and supervision for the trainees. The program director must evaluate the performance of trainees in accordance with the general requirements of the Essentials of Accredited Residencies.

EFFECTIVE: July 1987
ACGME: 1986

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