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Specialty Clinics

Residents rotate through a variety of specialty clinics with experts in these areas:

Connective Tissue Disease Clinic 
Under the direction of Dr. Rashighi, each resident spends one half day per week for six months in the Connective Tissue Disease Clinic. While many patients with cutaneous lupus, morphea, dermatomyositis and related conditions may be managed in regular medical and pediatric dermatology clinics, this clinic provides an opportunity to diagnose and manage some more complex patients with these conditions.

Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic
The chief residents participate in once weekly cosmetic clinics with Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Michelon and Dr. McLean at the Hahnemann Campus for performing botulinum toxin injections, superficial chemical peels, dermabrasion and fillers. We also hold special evening teaching clinics for more hands-on exposure.

Epidermolysis Bullosa Clinic 
Each second year resident spends two clinics per month for four months of the year in the EB clinic at the Hahnemann Campus. This evolving multidisciplinary clinic manages approximately 80 patients with epidermolysis bullosa. There is regular participation from pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition and ophthalmology.

Genetics Dermatology Combined Clinic
Residents diagnose and manage interesting patients with a variety of genodermatoses in this clinic which is conducted once every two months. First, second and third year residents participate on a rotating basis. This clinic is staffed by pediatric dermatologists (Dr. Belazarian and Dr. Wiss) and geneticists (Dr. Hay and Dr. Lyon) at UMass, allowing for great collaboration between the two departments. In addition, lectures on genetic skin disease are given to all of the residents prior to each of these clinics.

HS Clinic
The UMass Chan Medical School Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Center is dedicated to improving the lives of people with HS through innovative research, education, and clinical care. HS is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that causes abscesses, sinus tracts, and scars. It can be a debilitating condition that affects quality of life. The HS Center is committed to finding new treatments for HS and improving the care of patients with HS.The HS Center's research program is focused on understanding the causes of HS and developing new treatments. The Center's researchers are working on a variety of projects, including studies on the role of the immune system in HS, the development of new drugs, and the use of gene therapy to treat HS.

Keloid Clinic
Although all dermatologists should and do treat keloids, we are a referral center for medical and surgical treatment of recalcitraint, widespread, or otherwise challenging keloids.  Treatment options available in this clinic include excision, intralesional steroids, intralesional chemotherapy, and laser therapies.  This clinic is especially important for ensuring adequate access to patients of color, who disproportionately are affected by keloids.

Laser Clinics 
During the third year, each resident spends one clinic per week with Dr. Scharf in his adult laser clinic for about six months of the year. There is ample opportunity for hands on experience with VBeam, Sciton, long pulsed YAG, long pulsed Alexandrite, Q switched ruby and Q switched Neo-dynium YAG lasers. Residents also spend some time with Dr. Wiss in their second and third years in pediatric laser clinics. Residents become comfortable with the hands-on use of the various lasers by the time they finish residency.

Mohs Surgery Clinic 
Each second year dermatology resident spends one half day per week for six months of the year assisting in Mohs surgery. This is an opportunity to hone more advanced surgical techniques with one of our dermatologic surgeons, including Dr. Maloney and Dr. Goldberg.

Nail Clinic
Under the direction of fellowship trained Mohs surgeon and nail expert, Dr. Baltz, chief residents participate in about eight nail clinics during residency in which they diagnose and treat disorders of the nail unit.  This includes medical disease of the nail and surgical procedures as indicated to diagnose and treat.

Psoriasis Clinic
The psoriasis specialty clinic is run by Drs. Leah Belazarian, Rita Khodosh, and Nikki Levin, and accepts referrals of patients with challenging psoriasis, managing them with systemic medications and phototherapy, while also making sure that they are referred for appropriate care of comorbidities such as psoriatic arthritis and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Patients are followed with a systematic intake form and scored for psoriatic arthritis, quality of life, body surface area, and physician global assessment at each visit.

Vitiligo Clinic
UMass Chan receives referrals from far distances for patients who want to be seen by specialists in the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center under the direction of Dr. Harris. We offer a treatment called MKTP which is only offered at a few centers around the world. Each resident spends about six months during residency in a half day vitiligo clinic.