Medical Director John Young, MD says that while he often hears how well prepared our dermatology Residents are, until now he hasn’t had the numbers to prove it. Six residents in our program recently took the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology (AOBD) Practice Performance Assessment – and aced it.
“This year, our residents scored in the top 4%, 6% 10%, 14%, 15%, and 26% of all doctors who took the test in the country,” says Dr. Young, who is the Residency Program Director.
The Practice Performance Assessment is taken yearly by medical residents in preparation for the national board exam. Board exams are taken at the end of one’s residency to become board certified in a medical specialty. Scores on the practice exam generally correlate to future board exam success.
“We know that our residents are at the top of their profession,” says Dr. Young. “Now we have the scores to back it up.”
Silver Falls Dermatology is the first and only private practice in Oregon to host a dermatology residency, one of the most prestigious, competitive and sought-after residencies in medicine. There are only about 200 osteopathic dermatology residency spots in the country, and Silver Falls holds six. It’s a three-year program that provides licensed doctors with a variety of clinical experiences and didactic teaching. At the conclusion of the program, residents are fully prepared to deliver care to patients with a wide range of dermatologic conditions, and can sit for national board exams given by the American Osteopathic Association to become board certified dermatologists.
As an academic institution, patients in Silver Falls’ Willamette Valley locations may be seen by a combination of providers, similar to a teaching hospital. Residents are fully licensed doctors who, as part of their advanced specialty training, work in a clinical setting alongside attending physicians. Residents diagnose more than 3,000 diseases that affect the skin, hair, and nails; perform surgical procedures such as skin and nail biopsies, excisions, cryotherapy and injection of fillers for cosmetic purposes.
Silver Falls’ residency program was recently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and will accept Medical Doctor (MD) candidates, in addition to Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) beginning in 2018.
“Our patients have told us how much they appreciate the thorough care they receive in our facility, and we are committed to teaching these professional ideals to future dermatologists,” says Dr. Young. “We are committed to providing the best care to our communities, and their support of what we’re doing here is very rewarding.”