NCC Dermatopathology Fellowship Training Program
The National Capital Consortium oversees the only Dermatopathology Fellowship Training Program in the Department of Defense. With one trainee per year, the Fellow receives intense individualized training. The Fellowship is open to active duty Pathologists or Dermatologists, of any branch of the military. The program oversees the sign-out of more than 10,000 primary dermatopathology cases per year, as well as an additional 2500 cases sent in for second opinion consultation from Military Treatment Facilities around the world. Co-location with the DOD’s only Immunodermatology service allows the opportunity to interpret more than 300 cutaneous direct immunofluorescence cases per year, as well. Facilities include a separate Fellow office equipped with microscope, fluorescent microscope, and photomicrograph capability, as well as an extensive library. In October 2011, the Dermatopathology Fellowship was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the maximum 5-year period with no citations.
Trainees with a background in Pathology will complete an extended training program through the Dermatology service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Dermatology Residency Program offers a well rounded education including in-depth didactic sessions, weekly dermatopathology review, and weekly Dermatology Grand Rounds which is co-hosted by the Dermatology service of the National Institutes of Health. This service also has a number of sub-specialty trained Dermatologists on staff, including Pediatric Dermatology, Procedural Dermatology, and Immunodermatology, as well as Dermatopathology.
Trainees with a background in Dermatology will complete an extended training program through the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Pathology Residency Program offers daily didactic sessions as well as slide-based teaching at the multi-headed microscope. The Pathology Service includes several sub-specialty staff, including Hematopathology, Molecular Pathology, Forensic Pathology, GYN and Breast Pathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, as well as Dermatopathology. Special rotations through tissue processing, staining and additional laboratory techniques, as well as Hematopathology will be completed, as well.