Posted on: Jul 6, 2015 Posted by: The Current Hub Comments: 0

Let’s Talk UV Safety

Did you know that July is UV Safety Month? How much do you know about the effects of UV Radiation on your skin? How can we protect ourselves? These may be questions we don’t want to ask, particularly during peak beach season. However, it is crucial to be aware of sun damage and UV exposure in order to stay healthy and protect your family this summer!

“We need to protect our skin during these summer months since 90% of skin cancers and premature aging are a result of UV exposure,” Dr. Marcus Goodman of Goodman Dermatology said.

If you find yourself asking questions about the measures you can take to protect your skin from sun damage, Dr. Goodman is your man. Thanks to him, North Fulton Hospital’s campus is home to one of the top dermatology residency training programs in the country. Achieving full accreditation on November 5, 2013, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – North Fulton Hospital Medical Campus (PCOM/NFHMC)

Dermatology Residency offers an innovative dermatology program with a full range of academic, general, surgical, cosmetic, and tele-dermatology experiences.

It is the first osteopathic dermatology residency program in the state of Georgia and each year, one new resident will be chosen to support three residents in the program at any given time. The inaugural residents, first-year Irina Milman, D.O., and second-year Eugene Sanik, D.O., began training on July 1, 2014. Both are board-certified in family medicine and have accrued years of experience in independent practice as well as dermatology research fellowships before deciding to pursue this dermatology residency.

“We’re honored to be the first residents in this program,” Dr. Sanik said. Experienced board-certified emergency physician Carmen Julian, D.O., recently matched into the program and will be the newest addition starting July 2015.

The backbone of the program lies in the primary academic teaching clinic on the hospital campus. There are five examination rooms, two operating rooms, a phototherapy room, aesthetics room, and resident library with dedicated computers for all residents and large flat screen TVs for teleconferencing.

During all three years, residents have their own structured continuity patients under the clinical instruction of Program Director Dr. Goodman. His guidance allows for full support, but also a high level of autonomy for residents to cultivate long-term, meaningful relationships with their patients longitudinally over a three-year period.

The program is especially proud of its innovative use of technology. An electronic medical records system is used, along with digital skin imaging technology that enables photos of almost all patients and their skin complaints to be securely stored on HIPAA-compliant servers. Tracking images year after year aids in the early detection of skin diseases such as melanoma, following the evolution of postsurgical scars, and observing responses to treatments. With proper informed consents, they also video record select surgical and cosmetic procedures.

“This is of great educational benefit because interesting cases and procedural technique can be reviewed by the faculty and other residents for constructive feedback, especially when it’s not possible for all residents and attendings to observe all of each other’s procedures and cases directly,” Dr. Goodman explained, “best of all, it’s great for patients and they love it.”

Residents receive in-depth training in all facets of dermatology, from dermatologic surgery, laser and cosmetic procedures, to billing, coding, and practice management. At least 8 weeks per year are spent with the program’s director of surgical training, Emory residency and Cleveland Clinic Fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon Trephina Galloway, D.O., FAAD.

When not in clinics, the residents have many other learning opportunities, including a weekly didactic curriculum, monthly journal club, and biweekly Grand Rounds at Emory University. There are particularly strong dermatopathology teaching sessions by numerous fellowship-trained dermatopathologists, including the program’s director of dermatopathology Dipti Anand, M.D. The teaching includes slide reviews of residents’ own biopsies from clinic that week with clinical-pathologic correlation, sign-out sessions, telepathology conferences, and board review courses with other Georgia dermatology residency programs.

As part of their training, residents actively participate in multidisciplinary tumor board conference, volunteer at annual skin cancer screenings at the hospital and local communities, and attend local and national conferences.

Each week, the program welcomes medical students, interns, research fellows, and primary care residents to rotate in the clinic and participate in academic and patient-care activities. Anyone is invited to come spend time and experience what the program has to offer potential residents.

With less than one year under its belt, this is only the beginning. The program looks ahead to the upcoming AOA/ACGME Single Accreditation merger with confidence, and anticipates many exciting new changes and areas of growth that will ensure graduates are fully prepared to provide exceptional patient focused care, whether pursuing a fellowship or embarking on a career in either an academic or private practice setting. The future is bright.

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