Subspecialty clinics

 

One of the greatest strengths of our program is the clinical expertise of our faculty. Our faculty are not only leaders in our specialty but are also dedicated teachers and mentors. Continuity clinics as well as research opportunities are available to residents in most of these subspecialty areas. Below are some of the highlights of our subspecialty clinics:

Cutaneous oncology: Faculty across our affiliated hospitals participate in multidisciplinary clinics to care for patients with cutaneous malignancies. We have dedicated clinics for patients with cutaneous lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, cutaneous sarcoma, melanoma, and high-risk keratinocyte carcinoma. Residents participate in these clinics throughout residency and learn about cutting-edge oncologic therapies. In addition, many of these are multi-disciplinary clinics which provide opportunities to learn not only from our own faculty but also from our colleagues in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology.

Genital skin disease: Faculty experts provide specialized care for men and women experiencing genital skin issues. They often collaborate closely with our colleagues in gynecology, infectious disease, pain medicine, and physical therapy.

Graft-versus host disease: The skin is the most common organ affected in graft-versus-host disease. Our dermatology faculty are actively involved in the inpatient and outpatient care of these patients in collaboration with our oncology colleagues.

Granulomatous diseases: Our faculty have weekly granulomatous disease clinic. Residents participate in this clinic and learn to evaluate and manage patients with sarcoidosis and other granulomatous diseases, including appropriate monitoring for systemic manifestations of disease.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Our faculty have expertise in the management of hidradenitis suppurativa. Residents learn how to manage complex cases using topical therapies, wound care, procedural therapeutics, and systemic therapies.

Homeless medicine: Our faculty provide dermatology services in partnership with primary care providers at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, an outpatient and inpatient respite facility for Boston’s women, men and children experiencing homelessness. Residents learn how to diagnose common skin conditions in this population, deliver care in an under-resourced environment, and overcome barriers to care for those with food and shelter insecurities.

Infectious disease-dermatology: Our faculty have expertise in the intersection of infectious disease and dermatology and offer focused weekly clinics. In addition, we are proud to have a Hansen’s disease clinic at Lahey Clinic, recognized by the federal government as part of the National Hansen’s Disease Program.

Itch clinic: Our faculty provide expert care in diagnosis and management of both cutaneous and systemic causes of pruritus. Residents learn strategies for work up and management of itch in these clinics.

Laser medicine and cosmetic dermatology: We are proud to be part of the Wellman Center of Photomedicine, an institution world renowned for clinical care, research, and outreach in laser medicine. We have faculty experts and innovators in laser medicine and cosmetics across our affiliated sites.

Rheumatology-dermatology: Residents learn from faculty experts in rheumatology-dermatology across our affiliated hospitals to provide care for children and adults with routine and complex cases of connective tissue disorders, psoriasis, and autoinflammatory syndromes. Our faculty also manage cutaneous manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease, reactions to biologic therapies, and undiagnosed rheumatologic disorders in collaboration with our colleagues.

Skin of color: Skin of color and multicultural clinics focus on skin and hair conditions that are more prevalent in patients of color. In addition, we offer laser and cosmetic clinics focusing on patients with darker skin tones.

Supportive oncodermatology: Our hospitals represent some of the top cancer centers in clinical care and research in the country. Our faculty across affiliated hospitals actively participate in the dermatologic care of adult and pediatric patients at these cancer centers, managing reactions to traditional and targeted chemotherapy and immunotherapy agents, radiation therapy, and secondary skin cancers from oncologic therapy.

Teledermatology: Our residents gain experience caring for patients via both store-and-forward and real-time teledermatology, learning to make diagnoses and counsel patients in each setting as well as determining which cases require in-person evaluation.

Vascular anomalies: Boston Children's Hospital hosts a weekly multidisciplinary vascular anomalies clinic as part of its premier Vascular Anomalies Center. Our expert faculty are involved in the dermatologic care of these patients.

Vitiligo clinic: We offer a weekly vitiligo clinic. Residents rotate in this clinic and learn to diagnose and counsel patients with vitiligo as well as to utilize management strategies including topical and systemic medications, phototherapy, and novel surgical treatments.

Wound clinic: Our faculty have expertise in managing and promoting healing of multiple types of complex wounds. In addition to diagnosing etiologies of wounds, residents learn about advanced wound dressings, bioactive treatment modalities, and systemic therapy to promote wound healing.