We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Heather Jones will be our new Associate Residency Program Director, starting July 1. Dr. Jones is a passionate and dedicated clinician and educator, caring for some of our most complex patients, participating in multi-disciplinary work with rheumatology in lupus clinic, consistently innovating in resident education, and engaging in medical education-related scholarly work. She is also our 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. Dr. Jones will be an outstanding addition to our residency program leadership!
Congratulations to Dr. Laurin Council, Director of Dermatologic Surgery, on her election as an alumnus to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Class of 2021. AOA recognizes physicians who show commitment to professionalism, leadership, scholarship, research, and community service.
We are so proud of our world-renowned physician-scientist faculty member, Dr. Brian Kim, on receiving the American Skin Association’s 2021 Research Achievement Award in Discovery. This award is well-deserved for his work in itch at the crossroads of neurobiology, immunology, and skin biology. Congratulations, Dr. Kim!
Our residency program director Dr. Ilana Rosman is a national leader in resident selection and recruitment, and serves as the Chair of the Association Professors of Dermatology’s Residency Program Directors Section. She was interviewed by Dr. Candrice Heath as part of Dermatology Weekly’s Covid Conversations. Dr. Rosman and Dr. Heath discussed the residency application process during the pandemic and beyond, as well as how to make the resident selection process more equitable in the future.
Congratulations to PGY-2 residents Drs. Daniel Schlessinger & Ian Ferguson for their acceptance into this year’s Virtual Magic Wand Initiative. This is a fantastic program that engages dermatologists at all levels to identify and solve clinical problems through innovation.
Dr. Alexander Aria, one of our rising senior residents, was selected to participate in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine Resident and Fellow Diversity Initiative (RFDI). The RFDI seeks to promote a sense of belonging for trainees throughout the medical campus, and also to advance health equity for the communities we serve. Alex will benefit from mentorship from campus leaders, engagement with fellow trainees from across the institution, and completion of a capstone project related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Director of Pediatric Dermatology, Dr. Carrie Coughlin, was awarded a competitive Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award from the Dermatology Foundation. Dr. Coughlin runs a pediatric pigmented lesions clinic and also serves as the Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship Director. Her work focuses on supporting children with congenital melanoctyic nevi, pigmented lesions that are present at birth and can be a cause of social and emotional distress as they grow.
Our very own Dr. Brian Kim discusses the itch-scratch cycle, barrier disruptions, and inflammatory mechanisms of eczema with The Dermatologist. Dr. Kim is an internationally-recognized leader in dermatology, itch, and immunology, and continues to innovate in our field.
We are so proud to welcome this amazing group of future dermatologists who will contribute meaningfully to our program and to our field.
Congratulations to all on Match Day 2021!
Faisal Ahmad, a second-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is one of 55 recipients of a $5,000 summer research fellowship from the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Brian Kim sits down with MyEczemaTeam to have an in-depth conversation on understanding the best ways to manage symptoms of eczema when they occur on the face.
In addition to a skin rash, many eczema sufferers also experience chronic itching, but sometimes that itching can become torturous. Worse, antihistamines — the standard treatment for itching and allergy — often don’t help.
Dr. Christine Yokoyama appointed to AAD “Council on Science and Research” Dr. Alexandra Hickman appointed to AAD “Congressional Policy Committee” and Dr. Basia Michalski appointed to AAD “Grassroots Advocacy Task Force”
It is my pleasure to announce that Milan J. Anadkat, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine has been appointed as Co-Director of the Office of Faculty Development for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Anadkat has outstanding background and training in faculty development and coaching that will enable him to help further enhance the culture, climate, and career development of faculty within the Department.
Check out Dr. Brian Kim discussing his innovative work in itch and the intersection between neuroscience, dermatology, and immunology as part of the Global Dermatology Talks series on November 16th. Register here.
Washington University Dermatology Residency Program Director, Dr. Ilana Rosman, was interviewed on Topical: The Dermatology Podcast about
the upcoming residency application process, and how she has worked with the Association of Professors of Dermatology to improve the process for both students and programs.
Dr. Kelly MacArthur was featured on a recent American College of Mohs Surgery podcast conversation with radiation oncologist Dr. Brian Baumann to discuss their paper, Management of Primary Skin Cancer during a Pandemic: Multidisciplinary Recommendations, which was recently published in Cancer, an American Cancer Society journal.
Dr. Coughlin graduated from the Washington University dermatology residency program and then completed a pediatric dermatology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) before returning to St. Louis to join the dermatology faculty in 2015. She has a particular interest in pediatric pigmented lesions, and is actively involved in the pediatric dermatology research community. Dr. Coughlin is also the dermatology medical student research advisor.
Residency program director Dr. Ilana Rosman discussed how the upcoming change in Step 1 score reporting will impact dermatology applicants as part of The Dermatologist video series.
This Thursday, August 20 at 7 pm CDT, Chief Resident, Dr. Basia Michalski, and WashU Dermatology Alumna and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon, Dr. Rachel Kyllo, will be presenting at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Journal Club. Dr. Michalski will discuss “Variation in Prescribing and Factors Associated With the Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics for Mohs Surgery: A Single-Institution Retrospective Study” published in Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Rachel Kyllo will discuss “Buffered lidocaine 1%/epinephrine 1:100,000 with sodium bicarbonate in a 3:1 ratio is less painful than a 9:1 ratio: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial” published in the JAAD.
Dr. Laurin Council, Director of Dermatology Surgery and of the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship, will participate in a panel on August 20, 2020 discussing workplace sexism as part of the Women’s Dermatologic Society Regional Educational Series for dermatology residents and faculty.
Residency program director Dr. Ilana Rosman will participate in a panel for medical students applying to dermatology residency this year. The panel is sponsored by the Association of Professors of Dermatology and the Dermatology Interest Group Association.
From left to right: Abbey Rosenberg, Naina Rengarajan, John Strickley, Lily Chen, Daniel Schlessinger, Cynthia Wang, Ian Ferugson
These changes represent a potential opportunity to reduce costs, avoid bias, and increase opportunities, according to administrators. “I think it has the potential to be really beneficial to programs and to applicants,” Rosman says. “Beyond this crisis, we can implement what we’ve learned from conducting virtual interviews to improve the process in the long term.”
Thank you to Dr. Milan Anadkat for his leadsership of the residency program over the last 8 years. Welcome Dr. Ilana Rosman, who has been serving as Associate Program Director for the last 4 years, as the new Residency Program Director. Dr. Kara Blackwell will be joining her as Associate Residency Program Director. Both are excited to continue moving our program forward.
We are so very proud of all of our graduating residents, and know they will contribute in meaningful ways to dermatology, caring for patients, teaching and mentoring trainees, and making new discoveries. We wish you all the best in your future!
Esther Chung, MD, a dermatology resident, is among the many Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital doctors who temporarily stopped seeing patients when their clinics were shuttered to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Sidelined by these closures, Dr. Chung wanted to help her colleagues serving on the frontline. By partnering with The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Chung was able to provide meals to hospital departments where they were needed the most.
As the days grow warmer and brighter, outdoor activities like running, biking, swimming and yardwork all increase in popularity. These kinds of activities are an important part of our lives; outdoor exercise is beneficial to physical and mental health, and spending time in the sun also helps the body synthesize vitamin D.