Resident Wellness

Penn Medicine Dermatology has created and maintains a supportive environment that is achieved through periodic fun and team building events.



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Community Outreach

The Penn Academy for Skin Health (PASH) program provides local 10th – 12th grade students a hands on leaning and laboratory experience with Penn faculty.  Participants will also learn about careers in both research and medicine.


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Penn Medicine Dermatology supports research through it’s Penn Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Center (SBDRC) program.  The SBDRC offers it’s members educational opportunities, mentoring and seed funding.  Through it’s community outreach program students in Philadelphia learn and work directly with Penn Faculty.  Additional Core services are available to members.

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Our mission is to educate and train future leaders in the field of dermatology. We aim to foster and support excellence in clinical care of patients from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds; promote life-long learning and advance education and teaching across the field; and introduce and involve residents in cutting-edge basic and translational research.


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You can make a direct different by supporting community outreach, Resident wellness and Penn Medicine Dermatology research.





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Clinical Pearls

Alumni share clinical pearls from their experience or observation





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Paul Gross began his practice at Pennsylvania Hospital and served as section chief there for 35 years. He then continued to see patients in solo private practice for another seventeen years. His honors include: Past President of The Philadelphia Dermatological Society, the Practitioner of the Year award from that society and winner of the Clark W. Finnerud Award from the Dermatology Foundation. For many years he served on the medical advisory board of the American Skin Association.

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Simply life-transforming

“Dr. James not only was a role model and mentor, but he inspired me to a life of public service and leadership. He encouraged me to get involved in patient advocacy and health policy. Dr. James inspired me to pursue… Read more “Simply life-transforming”

Josephine C. Nguyen, MD, MHCDS, FAAD
GME Year2010

Kenneth A. Katz, MD, MSc, MSCE

Auris Huen, MD, PharmD

“The Department’s breadth of expertise and experience, dedication to residency education and training, and most importantly the amazing people and colleagues, helped shape me to be the clinician I am today.”

Derek Chu, MD
GME Year2015

“Some of my fondest memories [from residency] involve spending time sitting around the table in the conference room with the Kodak carousel slide projector humming, as Dr. James sips his Diet Dr. Pepper and grills us on unknowns.”

Aimee Payne, MD, PhD
GME Year2005

“My years as a resident at Penn Dermatology were simply incredible. I got to learn dermatology from faculty with expertise in every corner of the
specialty, and I shared the experience with amazing co-residents.”

Caroline Nelson, MD, FAAD
GME Year2018

“The common theme that I am grateful for are the mentors who have brought me to where I am now. It took 30-40 people to get to where I am now and to teach me what I know and to… Read more “”

John Harris, MD, PhD
GME Year2009

Kelly MacArthur, MD
GME Year2019

“When I was a resident I had the opportunity to go to Botswana, and spent time through the global health track there. I have been reaching back as we develop a global health track at the University of Pittsburgh.”

Alaina James, MD, PhD
GME Year2008

Lawrence Eichenfield, MD

Penn has always been the best department in the whole country…

“I go to as many lectures as I can related to Penn. I try to go to CHOP and HUP Philly Derm clinic just to talk to people and keeping in touch. Penn is everywhere, so it is easy to… Read more “Penn has always been the best department in the whole country…”

John Barton, MD
GME Year1985

Article of the Month

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by itch, which can lead to increased scratching, and skin pain, all of which can result in significant sleep disturbances. Previous studies found that AD, particularly moderate and severe AD, is associated with poor health-related quality of life (HRQoL), depression and anxiety, and cardiovascular risk and disease. In turn, Sleep Disturbances also have a profound impact on HRQoL, increased mental health burden, and increased risk of other systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and other health outcomes.