Alumni Corner

                                                                                                                                              “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 2015

                                                                                                                                              “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 2018

                                                                                                                                  “Penn Residency was one of the most positive and life changing experiences of my life. I cannot explain the impact, literally the daily impact, still 17 years later the training has done for me. The environment is such that you cannot help but to learn…it allows you to go in any direction in Dermatology.”

– Colonel Chad M. Hivnor, MD, GME 2004

                                                                                                                                  “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 excellence and service in all that I do.”

– Josephine C. Nguyen, MD, MHCDS, FAAD, GME 2010


“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 2008

                                                                                                                                  “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 stay connected.”

– John Barton, MD, GME 1985

                                                                                                                                        “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 invest in me. It was the little things for me, but those things changed my life, and changed the direction of my career and my research and opportunity. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”

– John Harris, MD, PhD, GME 2009

                                                                                                                                            “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 2005


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