Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology
Ackerman Academy Faculty & Students

Electives, Rotations, and Preceptorships
in Dermatopathology

Overview

The Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology conducts an ongoing program for physicians who are interested in obtaining specialized knowledge and experience in dermatopathology.

The training program focuses on the following areas:

  • Instruction in dermatopathology, including immunopathology
  • Research activities
  • Evaluation

The program consists of hands-on training (60%) and research activities (40%). Trainees will not be engaged in any productive employment.

Instruction in Dermatopathology

The training program is intended to offer trainees in-depth, specialized knowledge and experience in diagnosing, treating, and researching diseases of the skin. This is accomplished through "sign outs" with Academy faculty at the multi-headed microscope and through clinicopathologic correlation. Students learn microbiologic aspects of dermatopathology involving primary or secondary infections by bacteria, fungi, or viruses, and how to diagnose skin tumors such as basal-cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous-cell carcinoma. Appropriate application of specialized stains for recognition of infectious agents is also taught. Experience in entomology is provided by hundreds of examples of insect bites, including those of mosquitoes, ticks (some of which are vehicles for Lyme Disease), bedbugs, and spiders. The entire range of cutaneous expressions of infections by HIV, e.g., bacillary angiomatosis, eosinophilic pustular folliculitis, and Kaposi’s sarcoma, is also observed during the program. Trainees are exposed to immunopathologic study of tissue using many different antibodies by immunohistochemistry techniques and correlating them against conventionally stained hematoxylin and eosin sections.

Trainees are exposed to immunopathologic study of tissue using many different antibodies by immunohistochemistry techniques and correlating them against conventionally stained hematoxylin and eosin sections. Dr. Elston is especially expert in this sub-study of dermatopathology.Trainees may also broaden their experience by spending time in the dermatology clinic or pathology department at our affiliated hospital, SUNY-Downstate Medical Center.

Research Activities

The spirit of intellectual inquiry and commitment to generating new knowledge has always been a cornerstone of the Ackerman Academy. Research opportunities and projects vary, depending on availability.

Evaluation

The progress of each trainee is monitored (daily) at the microscope and, episodically, in writing. This informal method of observation allows the Academy faculty to determine how best to enhance each trainee’s educational experience. Teaching is carried out in the Socratic fashion at a 14-head Leica microscope.

Schedule

The schedule at the Ackerman Academy changes daily. Normal training hours are approximately 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. There are no set session times.

Eligibility

Both U.S. and foreign medical students, residents, and practicing physicians are welcome to study at the Academy. Please visit the admissions section for details on how to apply.

Tuition

Please contact info@apply.ackermanacademy.org for more information regarding tuition and fees for all Academy programs.

J-1 Visa for International Trainees

The Academy can issue a DS-2019 form for the issuance of a J-1 visa. Please visit the resources section for more information on the J-1 visa and the requirements for issuing the DS-2019 form.