Most of the clinical training of residents takes place in hospitals located in Providence, Rhode Island, as well as at the Providence VA Medical Center. The total number of outpatient visits in Dermatology (excluding emergencies) exceeds 25,000/year. Each resident spends a portion of their training time rotating among the affiliated hospitals. Additional training facilities including the Hasbro Children's Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital.
The Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital, located within walking distance of each other, form Southeastern New England's largest academic medical center. They provide the setting for Resident Dermatology Clinics, a Pediatric Dermatology Clinic, the Inpatient Dermatology Service, the Photomedicine and Day Care Facility, the Dermatological Surgery Unit, the Dermatopathology Service, the Dermatopharmacology Unit, the Contact and Occupational Dermatology Service, and the Pigmented Lesion Service.
Rhode Island Hospital
Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, Dermatologist-in Chief
Rhode Island Hospital is a 719-bed tertiary care center and is one of the largest and busiest teaching hospitals in New England. The hospital is the region’s trauma center and has nearly 150,000 emergency visits per year. There are residencies in nearly every ACGME specialty and numerous fellowships. At any one time, there are over 500 graduate trainees at Rhode Island Hospital.
The hospital is the main clinical site for the Department of Dermatology, as well as the Dermatopathology Division and the Mohs surgery program. There is a busy outpatient dermatology clinic, Contact Dermatitis Center and an active Phototherapy Center. The Clinical Trials Division of the Department of Dermatology is located adjacent to phototherapy. The dermatology residents rotate through the busy in-patient dermatology consultation service at Rhode Island Hospital which sees a wide variety of dermatologic disease, reflecting the range of tertiary services provided at an academic medical center.
Hasbro Children's Hospital
Lionel Bercovitch, MD, Director, Pediatric Dermatology
Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the main pediatric teaching affiliate of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. It is the only children’s hospital serving Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. The hospital houses ambulatory clinics in virtually every pediatric subspecialty and has a very busy emergency service and surgical service. There is a large pediatric intensive care unit and three inpatient floors. The Pediatric Sedation Center is the site of the department’s pediatric vascular laser program. The hospital is the site of a large pediatric residency, a medicine-pediatrics residency, and a “triple board” residency in pediatrics-child psychiatry-psychiatry. Residents from these services do elective rotations in pediatric dermatology.
Women & Infants Hospital
The dermatology service provides inpatient consultation coverage for the obstetrical and gynecological services as well as the newborn nurseries and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The new NICU has 80 beds, each housed in an individual room, and is the largest single-room nursery in the country. Women & Infants Hospital is the main OB/GYN teaching site for Brown’s medical school and has one of the busiest obstetrical services in New England. Residents on the inpatient consultation service at Rhode Island Hospital cover consultations at Women & Infants and have the opportunity to see a wide range of neonatal skin disorders and pregnancy related skin disease.
Elnaz Firoz, MD, Chief of Dermatology
The Miriam Hospital is a 247-bed teaching hospital which provides a broad range of primary, secondary, and tertiary care in a patient-friendly community setting on the East Side of Providence. The hospital has particular strengths and clinical focus in infectious disease, oncology, and cardiovascular disease. Here, the dermatology resident's responsibilities include inpatient and emergency room consultations and participating in the busy outpatient clinical practice. The range of clinical dermatology encompasses general dermatology, HIV-related dermatoses, and travel-associated dermatoses.
Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, Chief of Dermatology
As a leader in the development of the ambulatory care model in the VA system, the VA Medial Center in Providence provides dermatologic care in a very busy outpatient clinic. A weekly Dermatology Surgery Clinic and dermatopathology conference provide additional experience in these areas. Providence has also been the pioneer teledermatology program in the VA system, providing continuous service to remotely located veterans since 1997. Residents and attendings staff the busy inpatient consultation service and the teledermatology clinic.