Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Our program provides:

  • Exceptional training in pediatric dermatology
  • Evaluation and diagnosis of a wide variety of dermatological conditions
  • Inpatient and outpatient care of pediatric patients with dermatological conditions
  • Educational conferences with dermatology specialists
  • Participation in clinical research projects
  • A supportive and nurturing environment

We have six full-time academic pediatric dermatology attending physicians, as well as a pediatric dermatopathologist and a physician assistant. Our physicians are hired by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania with their primary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and a secondary appointment in Dermatology.

  • Innovative therapy, supportive environment

    Our dermatology clinic space at CHOP was custom built for us in 2008. We offer the most cutting-edge treatment options and have access to innovative therapies including Pulsed Dye laser treatment and UVB Excimer light laser treatment. Soon, we will be starting a phototherapy unit.

    Our physicians and fellows have tremendous nursing and administrative support. This allows physicians to concentrate on caring for patients and pursue academic research to improve care for children.

  • Exposure to complex cases, research

    CHOP’s dermatology service has more than 12,000 outpatient visits and more than 600 inpatient consults per year. We consult on a wide variety of dermatological conditions including emergent, rare and complicated disorders.

    CHOP is an internationally recognized quaternary care referral center with large neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care and bone marrow transplant units. We often consult in case of diagnosis dilemmas and high-acuity inpatient admissions.

  • Key fellowship details
    • Two pediatric dermatology fellowships are available for the 2015 Academic Year
    • CHOP’s dermatology service participates in the San Francisco Matching Programs
    • Fellows are expected to participate in clinical activities and weekly fellowship activities
    • Fellows are expected to be involved in a research project and actively pursue publication during their fellowship, with the goal of “jump starting” their academic career
  • Prerequisites for fellowship application
    • Completion of recognized dermatology residency program
    • Eligibility for Pennsylvania state licensure
  • Fellowship Curriculum

    From 11 a.m.-noon each Thursday, we have one of the following activities:

    Book review

    We will comprehensively cover the most current and high-yield pediatric dermatology textbook as decided by the group. This is typically done in Jeopardy! style with one physician responsible for presenting the content for the session.

    Journal club

    There are two separate sessions that the faculty, as well as fellows, participate in:

    • A review of the latest bi-monthly pediatric dermatology journal, as well as hot topics from the Society for Pediatric Dermatology Forum discussion boards.
    • A review of articles from major pediatric and dermatology journals. In addition two-four of the most influential papers from the history of pediatric dermatology will be reviewed in order to expose fellows with the original research that has shaped our field.

    Case review  

    We review the most intriguing and challenging cases from the department to maximize exposure to more uncommon dermatology diagnoses.

    Consult service review

    We spend the last 10 minutes of each session reviewing the active and complex inpatient consults. This serves as a sign-out, but also to assure that both fellows are able to learn from the inpatient consults for more complex and rare dermatological disorders.

    Grand rounds

    The fellows have dedicated time to attend dermatology “Duhring” grand rounds held each Thursday from 9-11 a.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Dermatology. Pediatric grand rounds are also held weekly at CHOP and participation from fellows is encouraged.

    Once a year, our department hosts a CHOP/Philadelphia Dermatologic Society meeting where patients with complex or rare dermatology diagnoses are presented and discussed with the society.

  • How to apply

    To request an application, please email Program Coordinator Sandra Smith.

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

  • For more information

    For additional information, please contact our fellowship director:

    James R. Treat, MD
    Fellowship Director, Pediatric Dermatology
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    3550 Market Street, 2nd Floor
    Email Dr. Treat
    Phone: 215-590-2169
    Fax: 215-590-4948

    Reviewed by: James R. Treat, MD
    Date: October 2014

Reviewed on April 07, 2014