A series of web-based dermatologic surgery educational
lectures available from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is
helping to provide additional education opportunities for residency programs.
The five lectures in the Better Surgical Education video
series – developed by Kyle M. Coleman, M.D., as part of the ASDS Future Leaders
Network – focus on dermatologic surgery topics and procedures.
Coleman chose to develop the series because while most
dermatology residency programs thoroughly cover medical dermatology, the number
and quality of surgical lectures varied widely. “In talking to residents from
around the country, it became clear to me that ASDS could make an impact in
this area,” he said.
Professors can use the lectures to supplement existing
curriculum as stand-alone lectures or as pre- or post-lecture instruction,
Coleman said. The series includes information on skin and facial aging as well
as interpolation, transposition and advancement flaps.
ASDS members teach the lectures, available at no cost to
residents. “They’re the experts in the field,” said Coleman, who practices in Austin,
Texas. “What better way to provide this information than with lectures
accessible to all via the Internet and taught by leading dermatologic
“Hopefully these videos will serve as a framework to create
a more robust surgical curriculum that is widely and easily available for
resident instruction,” said Chad L. Prather, M.D., who practices in Baton
Rouge, La. Prather presents one of the video lectures and served as Coleman’s
mentor in the Future Leaders Network, an ASDS leadership development
The Better Surgical Education series can drive innovation in
the field and advance the dermatologic surgery subspecialty, Coleman said. He
hopes others will add to the series, creating an all-encompassing curriculum in
dermatologic surgery education.
Another set of lectures – also available at no charge to
dermatology residents – focuses on basic surgery topics. The ASDS Dermatologic
Surgery Fundamentals series was developed through the Future Leaders Network by
Kavita Mariwalla, M.D., with guidance and support from her mentor, Naomi
Lawrence, M.D. The presentations focus on surgical tray components and
instrument sterilization; sutures and wound closure materials; electrosurgery;
wound healing; and suturing techniques.
Her series offers surgery fundamentals appropriate for all
dermatology residents, regardless of their post-graduate year level. Mariwalla
said she hopes residency programs consider including the Fundamentals series in
dermatology residency curricula. A third set of web-based lectures that will be
part of the Fundamentals series is in progress.
“The already completed lectures and the others currently
under way form the nucleus of a high-quality learning library for dermatologic
surgeons,” said ASDS President Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D. “Providing continuous
professional growth through education is a core ASDS value. In addition, a core
ASDS goal is to develop, sustain and transfer a body of knowledge about
dermatologic surgery. These presentations lay the groundwork for expanded
education and the potential for an easily available surgical curriculum via
Coleman said he believes that providing easy access to
instruction can help standardize resident teaching and create a better future
for dermatologic surgeons. “As the leaders in dermatologic surgery, ASDS is
best positioned” to create this curriculum, he said.
Prather noted that ASDS is seen as “an authoritative source
for cosmetic dermatologic, Mohs and reconstructive surgery. This series keeps
ASDS at the forefront as the field expands to encompass new training methods
and ever-expanding modes of outreach to interested learners,” he said.
Dermatology residents can access the Better Surgical
Education video series on Quest, the
ASDS digital knowledge network.