With more complete, authoritative coverage of basic science, clinical practice of both adult and pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and dermatologic surgery than you'll find in any other source, Dermatology, 4th Edition, is the gold-standard reference in the field today. Drs. Jean L. Bolognia, Julie V. Schaffer, and Lorenzo Cerroni bring their considerable knowledge and experience to this two-volume masterwork, ensuring its reliability and usefulness for both residents and practitioners.
Jean L. Bolognia, MD, fulfills an important role in educating dermatologists in all phases of their careers. The textbook Dermatology, for which she served as senior editor, is highly regarded as a comprehensive work covering the breadth of our field with outstanding illustrations, tables, and schematics that facilitate understanding for our visually geared specialty. When Dr. Bolognia visited the State University of New York at Stony Brook to speak at our Grand Rounds, I took the opportunity to glean valuable insights about the book as well as pearls for dermatology residents from an accomplished academic clinician.
The classic adult learner prefers learning activities that are experience oriented, self-directed, immediately applicable, internally motivated, and problem-centered  . A study assessing learning styles among US dermatology residents showed that active learning styles were significantly favored over passive teacher oriented learning styles overall and among male and female residents separately  . A surgical skills workshop incorporates many of the traditional active learning styles preferred by dermatology residents. Surgical skills workshops certify the competency of the learner in a stress free simulation environment thereby increasing confidence, knowledge and surgical ability prior to exposure to patients   . While many surgical skills workshops have been developed to facilitate learning technical skills and manual dexterity essential in becoming a surgeon, few have been created to teach planning and design of complex repairs of surgical defects. We created a novel teaching tool for learning about and planning flap and graft reconstruction that is easy to use and assemble, inexpensive, incorporates a low-stress learning environment, and utilizes active learning.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the accrediting body for US post graduate medical training programs, including dermatology programs. According to the ACGME, a dermatology residency program must provide a clinical experience with significant exposure to Mohs micrographic surgery, and wound reconstruction, including flaps and grafts. Residents must be able to competently perform all surgical procedures considered essential for the area of practice including closures of surgical defects with attention to the patient outcome. Residents must also demonstrate knowledge of proper techniques for repairs of cutaneous surgical defects using flaps and grafts  .
Since dermatology residents must demonstrate knowledge of proper techniques for repairs of cutaneous surgical defects using flaps and grafts prior to graduation, an interactive surgical workshop focusing on the planning of defect repairs using flap and graft reconstruction may be a beneficial addition to a surgical curriculum  . As dermatology residents tend to prefer active teaching styles, implementing active teaching styles will often lead to a more enjoyable educational experience  . We present the surgical flap and graft reconstruction workshop as a novel teaching tool for learning flaps and grafts that is easy to use and assemble, inexpensive, incorporates a low stress learning environment, and utilizes active learning. 2b1af7f3a8