Research Fellowship Information

The research fellows will focus on clinical studies related to cutaneous oncology, reconstructive surgery, appearance-related science, and patient reported outcomes. A clinical studies unit, research staff, and statistical support are available to assist the fellow in achieving these ambitious goals.

Location: Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Research Director: Jeremy R. Etzkorn, MD, MS-Biostatistics
Number of positions: 2-3
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Duration: 12 months
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021, with applications accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis
Interviews: January – April 2021
Decision about the position: Early April 2021 at the latest

Highlights of the Research Fellowship

  • Gain hands-on experience in study design and execution by initiating new studies and continuing existing projects
  • Regularly scheduled research meetings for mentorship and guidance
  • Direct mentorship by multiple faculty members
  • Research support from an experiences Clinical Studies Unit and easy access to biostatistical assistance
  • Expect to co-author multiple papers and present your work at conferences
  • Collaborative work with other student research fellows & medical students
  • Collaborate with other departments (e.g. plastic surgery) and institutions
  • Able to attend Penn’s dermatology conferences
  • Participation in Penn courses on epidemiology, research ethics, and database development through the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB).  
  • Learn to prepare and apply for grants 
  • Paid fellowship + travel stipends when you present at a conference

Guidance and mentorship is provided by the Research Director for PennDOC, Dr. Jeremy Etzkorn.  He is an Associate Editor for JAMA Dermatology, contributing editor of Cells in Surgery in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and co-editor in chief of the Procedural Dermatology section of StatPearls.com. Dr. Etzkorn completed his Master’s in Biostatistics at Columbia University.  He has received multiple grants and has authored over 50 book chapters and PubMed articles that are published or in press. Additional mentorship will be provided by other PennDOC faculty (Christopher J. Miller, MD, Joseph F. Sobanko, MD, Thuzar M. Shin, MD PhD, Cerrene N. Giordano, MD, William Higgins, MD, Stacy McMurray, MD, and Aimee Krausz, MD ).

Penn’s Dermatologic Surgery unit manages more than 6000 skin cancers per year and houses a database with over 10 years of prospectively collected data on tumors treated with Mohs surgery. The Division possesses 7 different laser systems and is a referral center for aging, scar, and photorejuvenation procedures. Myriad opportunities are available for the fellow to collaborate with other members in the Department of Dermatology and other Departments within the institution.