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There are six full-time Mohs surgeons on faculty at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, all hailing from a different training program, such that the fellow in the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology program is exposed to a broad range of surgical and management styles.
More than 3,900 Mohs cases were performed in 2019 across three sites at Penn State Health, and the vast majority of reconstructions were performed by the Mohs surgeon. Complex, advanced-stage and rare tumors are frequently encountered, and numerous sophisticated facial reconstructions, including staged procedures, are performed within the Mohs unit.
Throughout the training year, the fellow receives structured exposure to cutaneous oncology, Mohs surgery and reconstruction. The fellow also rotates through Esteem Cosmetic Center to gain experience in cosmetic and laser procedures and the management of leg-vein disease, including thermal and non-thermal endovenous ablation.
While mastery of Mohs surgery and reconstruction remain the central focus of the program, the dermatology department maintains close relationships with facial plastic surgeons, oculoplastics, cosmetic surgeons and phlebologists outside the department, and rotation with these practitioners is also incorporated. More exposure to particular disciplines, such as laser surgery or leg-vein disease, will be arranged dependent on fellow interest.
Development of teaching skills is also a major focus. The fellow works closely with residents and medical students both in clinic and during numerous special training sessions scheduled throughout the year (e.g., cadaver courses, evening cosmetics clinics and suturing labs).
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Four weeks of vacation, one week at a time, will be selected at any point during the fellowship year.
Electives include radiation oncology, head and neck surgery, medical oncology, plastic surgery, skin oncology clinic and podiatry. In addition to Friday afternoons, the fellow will also be responsible for setting up elective exposure on days when the assigned attending is away for vacation or CME.
Applicants for the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship must be board-eligible or board-certified in dermatology at the time the fellowship would begin.
Applications are processed through the central application service (CAS) of the SF Match Program.
Penn State Health
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.
In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:
- 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
- 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
- 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- The health system’s 628-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
- The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
- Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
- Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
- More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
- Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
- Designated as a Magnet hospital four consecutive times, one of 116 hospitals to do so
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- An eight-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013 and expanded in 2020
- 146 licensed pediatric beds, 18 acute care beds and a 56-bed neonatal intensive care unit
- Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
- Level I quaternary (highest-level) pediatric intensive care unit
- Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
- Intermediate care unit
- Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
- More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually
Welcome to Hershey
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Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.
- Visit BeWell – a health program designed to support Penn State Health employees
- See Penn State College of Medicine wellness resources here
Graduate medical education resources
Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine celebrate, embrace and support the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.
Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In keeping with this, Penn State Health has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:
- Talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion through Inclusion Academy
- Regular events on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- An allyship support group
- Many affinity resource network groups, including:
- Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
- Group on Women in Medicine and Science
- Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
- LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
- Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
- Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education
The vision at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to provide culturally excellent health care and research for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. The Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education was formed to help meet that goal.
Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.
Fellow Honors and Recognitions
The annual Resident/Fellow Research Day is held each summer on and around the Penn State Health Milton S. Medical Center campus in Hershey, Pa.
The intent of the event is to provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to showcase their research accomplishments to their peers in other clinical departments, as well as their colleagues in the basic sciences.
Previous presentations from the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship are listed here.