Dr. Frederick Kalz Bursary
This bursary provides support for dermatology residents who wish to gain a research-focused learning experience related to study of the skin. Electives can be from 4-8 weeks, with reimbursement up to $4,000.
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi
Ethnic Skin and Hair Clinic, Hillingdon Hospital, London, UK
March 21 – April 17, 2016
During my rotation, I gained competence in diagnosis and management of melasma, vitiligo, and less common disorders of pigmentation such as progressive macular hypomelanosis.
As my preceptor was also certified in dermatopathology, I had the unique opportunity of actually reviewing the histopathology of many of the patient’s that we assessed in clinic. At this academic centre, I presented an article during journal club and had the opportunity to regularly review and discuss literature relevant to our ethnic dermatology patients.
Importantly, I had the opportunity for close mentorship from a clinician-researcher who is a widely published investigator, textbook author, and international speaker in the area of skin of color dermatology.
Dr. Marisa Ponzo
Melanoma Institute Australia, Sydney, Australia
June 1 – June 30, 2016
My timetable involved working with various surgical oncologists, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and nuclear medicine specialists. I spent the majority of my time with a world-leader in melanoma research, Professor John Thompson.
Therapeutics in advanced melanoma is a rapidly evolving area, and I learned of the numerous clinical trials conducted at the MIA through the medical oncologists. Many of these are international multicenter trials that are also available in North America. It was informative and exciting to see patients on drug studies responding well to treatment, including those on targeted and immunotherapy.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of my experience at the MIA was the truly collaborative environment in which the physicians across various specialties came together regularly to manage patients suffering from this complex and morbid disease.
Dr. Geeta Yadav
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)
While at MSKCC in New York, August–September 2015
I chose to do my elective at MSKCC because it is a world-renowned cancer centre and also the practice location of Dr. Ashfaq Marghoob, a leader and expert in the field of dermoscopy and author of a distinguished textbook on the subject.
I believe this extra training with Dr. Marghoob gave me more experience to manage complex patients, and to start my academic practice with an extra set of tools … to teach residents and provide better care to my patients
Dr. Kyle Cullingham
While at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, N.Z., March–April 2015
The focus of this elective was spent on improving my skills in dermoscopy with respect to diagnosing early melanomas and other pigmented and non-pigmented skin lesions. I also had the opportunity to undertake a research project focusing on streamlining incoming General Practitioner referral letters, based on ABCDE criteria, to improve the triage process for suspicious lesions. Overall, this was a valuable learning experience and I definitely improved my dermoscopy skills and gained insight into how to potentially start up a virtual lesion clinic in Canada.