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Clinical Experience


General Dermatology: Various experiences in general dermatology exist for the residents at outpatient clinics precepted by full time and auxiliary faculty members. These include:

  • Resident continuity clinics in which the residents are the primary decision makers and have the opportunity to longitudinally follow patients over three years. These are precepted by Dr. Bechtel, Dr. Wong and Dr. Zirwas. Residents have continuity clinic one or two times per week over the three years of their residency.  In addition to general dermatology continuity clinics, there are also surgery continuity clinics twice per month.
  • VA clinics provide outstanding opportunities for residents to gain experience in the diagnosis and managment of skin cancer and the broad spectrum of general adult dermatology. These are precepted by Dr. Zirwas, Dr. DeMaria, and Dr. McKelvey. A surgical clinic is precepted by Dr. Lambert.
  • Correctional facility clinic in which residents provide care for incarcerated individuals from throughout the State of Ohio and provides an opportunity for residents to see patients with unusually advanced stages of disease. This clinic is precepted by Dr. Zirwas.
  • Faculty Clinics in which residents assist the faculty in the care of their patients.  These primarily include specialty clinics in severe psoriasis and CTCL with Dr. Wong, a specialty clinic in complex medical dermatology with Dr. Bechtel, and a pigmented lesions clinic with Dr. Campbell.

Pediatric Dermatology: Residents spend extensive amounts of time at Nationwide Children's Hospital with board certified pediatric dermatologists, Dr. Patricia Witman and Dr. Joy Mosser.  These clinics provide an excellent education opportunity to learn diagnosis and management of both common and rare pediatic dermatological diseases.

Surgical Dermatology: Residents become proficient in the full spectrum of dermatologic surgery through regularly scheduled clinics staffed by Drs. Lambert and Dr. Carr (Mohs surgeons) at the James Cancer Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza and the Columbus VA clinic, Dr. Hearne (dermatologic surgeon) at our clinic in Dublin, Dr. Zirwas at the correctional facility, Dr. Mosser at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Dr. Carr at resident continuity surgical clinics.

Contact Dermatitis: Dr. Zirwas is a nationally recognized contact dermatitis expert who operates a dedicated contact dermatitis practice that provides an exceptional opportunity for residents to develop expertise in contact dermatitis. 

Light Therapy: A dedicated PUVA and NB-UVB center provides an opportunity for residents to gain experience using phototherapy. 

Laser Therapy: There is a monthly laser clinic directed by Dr. Massick during which residents perform Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) procedures for rosacea, warts, and other PDL responsive dermatologic conditions.

Cosmetic Dermatology: There is minimal exposure to cosmetic dermatology in our program, as we consider this a peripheral, non-essential part of dermatology.