The Dermatopathology Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited two-year fellowship program (program # 1000713067) co-sponsored by the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Pathology. The Co-Directors are James E. Fitzpatrick, M.D. (Dermatology) and Loren E. Golitz, M.D. (Pathology). The fellowship is open to physicians who have completed a residency in either dermatology or pathology. One applicant is accepted per year in a staggered fashion so that at any time there is one first year fellow and one second year fellow. The dermatopathology specimen caseload for the fellowship includes approximately 20,000 routine dermatopathology surgical specimens, 11,000 dermatopathology referral specimens from dermatologists and pathologists across the country, and 800 direct and indirect immunofluorescent skin specimens. Rotations to evaluate frozen Mohs surgery sections and electron microscopy are also available. The primary goal of the fellowship is train academic dermatopathologists.
The first year of the fellowship is spent completing the requirements necessary for board-certification. For dermatologists this involves six months of surgical pathology in the Department of Pathology at the University of Colorado Denver. During this part of the rotation, fellows will also spend time reading out dermatopathology cases in the Department of Pathology (about 7,700 cases) and Dr. Golitz’s dermatopathology referral service (about 10,500 cases). The last six month of the rotation is involves six months of dermatopathology in the Department of Dermatology dermatopathology referral service (about 13,500 cases) and in the Skin Immunofluorescent Laboratory. In addition to Dr. Fitzpatrick, the Department of Dermatology also has Dr. Whitney High who is also board-certified in dermatopathology and is also involved in teaching clinical dermatology and dermatopathology. For pathologists, the first six months is spent reading out dermatopathology biopsies in the Department of Pathology and Dr. Golitz’s dermatopathology referral service. The last six months is spent in the Department of Dermatology, completing the six-month clinical requirement (approximately 1,000 dermatology patients) and dermatopathology in the Department of Dermatology dermatopathology referral service and the Skin Immunofluorescent Laboratory. The last year of the fellowship involves dermatopathology research in either the Department of Dermatology or Department of Pathology with continued clinical dermatopathology training built into the schedule.
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