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Overview

The Jackson Memorial Hospital / Jackson Health System Dermatopathology program is ACGME accredited to train residents and fellows in dermatopathology. The overall goal of the Dematopathology fellowship is to graduate a highly qualified dermatopathologists whose knowledge, skills, compassion, professionalism, and ethics are superior and exemplary. The structure of the fellowship and the institutional policies ensure that every fellow is appropriately supervised and trained by highly qualified faculty in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Departments of Dermatology and Pathology. The normal period of training is one year.

Fellows enter the program eligible for Board certification in dermatology or pathology and receive six months of complementary training in pathology or clinical dermatology, respectively.  Fellows have the opportunity to attend varied clinical and pathological diagnostic conferences, and teach in the training programs offered to students and residents.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 2
Duration: 1 Year
Postgraduate Training Required: Dermatology or pathology.

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • University of Miami
  • Veterans Affairs

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at: 

  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Miami
  • Columbia University

We accept the CAP Standardized Fellowship Application.

Completed application with supporting documents and three letters of reference should be forwarded to:
Paolo Romanelli, M.D.
Director of Dermatopathology Fellowship
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery
1600 NW 10th Ave .Room 2023
Miami, FL 33136

Application Deadline: October 15, of the previous year.

Interviews generally take place between January and April.

All trainees participate in the daily sign-out of approximately 30,000 specimens at the University of Miami Dermatopathology lab. They are expected to be present during sign-outs which generally begin at 1 p.m. daily and conclude generally by 5 p.m. daily. Each fellow is expected to view the slides as they are reviewed, offer diagnoses and comment on the evaluation and work up of each specimen. By focusing the trainees efforts on the second half of the day (from 1 p.m. on), the program is organized such that at least 50% of the fellow’s time is focused on dermatopathology. This is true for both fellows with a pathology background or dermatology background. 

During the first six months, many path fellows spend an additional one half day in the Jackson Memorial Hospital dermatology clinic while dermatology trained fellows often spend a portion of a half day in the first six months with special interest in immunofluorescence, electron microscopy, or immunohistochemistry.

Board Exam Requirements
Must be Board Certified or Board Eligible in Dermatology or Pathology

Educational & Other Experience
The fellows contribute significantly to the education of the residents by acting as a direct connection to the Jackson Memorial Hospital pathology laboratory and pathologists. Residents are not excluded from any case or teaching based on the presence of the fellows. Several of the fellows have also conducted their own conference to additionally educate the residents. Fellows are expected to teach residents whenever Dr. Romanelli is unavailable for usual conference hours. Many participate in teaching dermatology or pathology residents on an individual or small group basis.

Research
Research is conducted at the Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and consists of multidisciplinary basic, translational and clinical research groups. Our research efforts integrate basic science, preclinical studies, drug development, clinical and epidemiologic research, providing unique environment in which basic science discovery can be tested in multitude pre-clinical animal models (including primary human; murine and porcine), developed into potential therapy and tested in clinical trials. Although research expertise includes general skin disorders our major areas of interests are biology, pathology and treatment of wound healing, skin cancer and skin infection. Our goal is to utilize cutting edge technologies to advance science of skin biology and bring new discoveries from bench to patients at the bedside

Call
On-call information. No In-house calls

Lourdes Herrero
Residency Coordinator
Phone: 305-243-6284 
Fax: 305-243-6191

Paolo Romanelli, M.D.
Program Director
Phone: 305-243-5523

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309

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