Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Our goal is for you to complete your fellowship comfortable taking care of even the most complex medical and surgical patients.

Our program provides:

  • Exceptional training in pediatric dermatology
  • Weekly education conferences with our pediatric dermatology faculty who has won over 30 combined teaching awards
  • Opportunity to rotate through interdisciplinary clinics, including genodermatoses, vascular anomalies, epidermolysis bullosa, severe atopic dermatitis clinic, polycystic ovarian syndrome clinic, alopecia and pigmented lesion clinic
  • Extensive surgical and laser training including outpatient and OR, including pulse dye, Fraxel, Alexandrite and ND-Yag
  • One-on-one surgical training with a pediatric dermatologist in clinic as well as the CHOP sedation unit
  • Extensive training in the use of systemic medications and state-of-the-art new therapies
  • Opportunity to rotate through a variety of pediatric specialties at CHOP. Fellows do not have to rotate at satellite clinics.
  • Participation in clinical research projects
  • Weekly dermatopathology conference with a dedicated pediatric dermatopathologist
  • A supportive and nurturing environment:
    • We have eight full-time academic pediatric dermatologists, an adult and pediatric contact dermatitis expert, and a pediatric dermatopathologist. 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.

Our dermatology clinic space is in the state-of-the-art Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, located on the Raymond G. Perelman Campus, across from CHOP Main Campus. We offer the most cutting-edge treatment options, including pulsed dye, UVB light, Nd-Yag, and Alexandrite laser treatments along with a UVB phototherapy unit.

Our physicians and fellows have tremendous nursing and administrative support. Fellows take limited call on weeknights from Sunday to Thursday to optimize learning and maintain a work/life balance. This allows physicians to concentrate on caring for patients, learn the details of pediatric dermatology, and pursue academic research to improve care for children and develop their career.

Innovative therapy, supportive environment

As of March 2017, our dermatology clinic space will move to the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care located on the Raymond G. Perelman Campus, across from CHOP Main Campus. We offer the most cutting-edge treatment options, including pulsed dye, UVB light, Nd-Yag, and Alexandrite laser treatments along with a UVB phototherapy unit.

Our physicians and fellows have tremendous nursing and administrative support. Fellows take limited call on weeknights from Sunday to Thursday to optimize learning and maintain a work/life balance. This allows physicians to concentrate on caring for patients, learn the details of pediatric dermatology, and pursue academic research to improve care for children and develop their career.

Exposure to complex cases, research

CHOP’s Dermatology Section has more than 15,000 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. While on inpatient consult rounds, fellows are able to focus on learning, teaching residents, and developing autonomy in caring for complicated cases.

CHOP is an internationally recognized quaternary care referral hospital 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 fellowship positions are available each year
  • CHOP’s dermatology service participates in the San Francisco Matching Program
  • 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 in which the faculty and fellows will participate:

  • 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, the most influential papers from the history of pediatric dermatology will be reviewed in order to expose fellows to 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 Grand Rounds each Thursday from 9 a.m. – 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 Nancy Hartrum.

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, 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
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Dermatology
3550 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Email Dr. Treat
Phone: 215-590-2169
Fax: 215-590-4948

Nancy Hartrum
Fellowship coordinator

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Dermatology Section

Our pediatric dermatologists treat a wide variety of conditions, from acne and eczema, to rare and complicated skin disorders.

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Office of Fellowship Programs

As the departmental home for fellows and program directors, our office assures compliance with ACGME and Board requirements.