Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship

About the Program

Dr. Ferguson in the dermatology clinicThe Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is an intense one-year ACGME-approved program offered to board eligible/board-certified dermatologists with emphasis on Mohs micrographically controlled excision and cutaneous surgery and complex reconstruction.

During the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship the Fellow is involved in the evaluation, surgery, and follow-up care of essentially all cutaneous oncology patients treated. This experience is rigorous and wide-ranging. The Fellow will have exposure to the following procedures and therapeutic processes:

There will also be exposure to:

  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Excisional surgery of benign and malignant lesions
  • Repair and reconstructive surgery to include:
    • Local flaps
    • Staged reconstruction
    • Skin grafts
    • Nail surgery
    • Scar revision
    • Dermabrasion
    • Variety of other cutaneous surgical procedures
  • Laser surgery (CO2, non-ablative and ablative fractionated, pulsed dye, NDYAG, and tattoo)
  • Filler injections
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Botulinum toxic injection techniques

The Fellow will have extensive hands-on experience as the “first surgeon”, performing approximately 1200 Mohs cases per year (approx. 800 at UI Hospitals & Clinics and 400 at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center). The Fellow is supervised by two Mohs fellowship-trained surgical faculty—Dr. Marta VanBeek and Dr. Nkanyezi Ferguson.

The Fellow will be involved in ongoing surgical consultations from other services within the medical center. Such consultations occur on a daily basis and are most frequently seen from:

  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Radiology
  • Urology
  • OB-GYN.

The Fellow will be involved with evaluation, surgery and follow-up of patients receiving Mohs micrographic surgery at the Veterans Affairs Hospital. The fellow is expected to complete an in-depth research project by the time he or she finishes the fellowship and to prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-review journal.

Program Accreditation

The Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is an intense one-year ACGME-approved program offered to board eligible/board-certified dermatologists with emphasis on Mohs micrographically controlled excision and cutaneous surgery.

How to Apply

VanBeek in Surgery, photoApplications will be accepted starting June 1, 2021. Our program participates in the SF Match. You are required to participate in this match as well. Application deadline for July 2022 entry is Sept. 15, 2021.

We will conduct interviews the week of Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 through 26. All interviews will be via Zoom. Interviews are by invitation only. Once the application has been reviewed, selected candidates will be invited via email and will be asked to call to schedule an interview date.

Eligibility for Fellowship

Applicants must have successfully completed dermatology residency in an ACGME-approved residency program within the last three years.

Deadline

Applications will be accepted starting June 1, 2021. Our program participates in the SF Match. You are required to participate in this match as well. Application deadline for July 2022 entry is Sept. 15, 2021.

We will conduct interviews the week of Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 through 26. Interviews are by invitation only. Once the application has been reviewed, selected candidates will be invited by letter via email and will be asked to call to schedule an interview date.

Our People

VanBeek in office, photoOur people are the heart of our program. From the reception desk to the exam room, from administration office to faculty office you will find our people eager to help you become the best dermatologist you can be.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. We provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

Contact Us

Fellowship Program Director

Marta Van Beek, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Department of Dermatology
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive 40024 PFP
Iowa City, IA 52242-1090
Phone: 319-356-1694
Fax: 319-356-0349
Email: marta-vanbeek@uiowa.edu

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Kate Scheer
Dermatology Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Dermatology
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive 40024 PFP
Iowa City, IA 52242-1090
Phone: 319-356-1694
Fax: 319-356-0349
Email: kathryn-scheer@uiowa.edu

Department Chair

Janet Fairley, MD
Chair & Department Executive Officer
Department of Dermatology
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive 40024 PFP
Iowa City, IA 52242-1090
Phone: 319-356-3609
Fax: 319-356-0349
Email: janet-fairley@uiowa.edu

Our Faculty

Marta J. VanBeek, MD, MPH

 

Mohs Fellowship Director
Professor of Dermatology
40038 Pomerantz Family Pavilion
marta-vanbeek@uiowa.edu


Nkanyezi Ferguson, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology
40030 Pomerantz Family Pavilion
nkanyezi-ferguson@uiowa.edu

Chair Department Executive Officer

Janet Fairley, portraitThank you for your interest in the Department of Dermatology's training programs at the University of Iowa. The University has a strong commitment to excellence in dermatology and this brings educational, clinical and research opportunities. Since many of you visiting this site may be considering training here, it might help you to know what attracted me to the University of Iowa.

First and foremost was its tradition of excellence in dermatology training that goes back many years. Iowa is a department with strengths in both medical and surgical dermatology and a faculty that is committed to passing on their knowledge to our trainees. The faculty is equally balanced with experienced, skilled senior members and energetic, creative junior faculty members.

Additionally, both the Carver College of Medicine and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are working together in advancing Dermatology. Both have recently invested in the infrastructure and new faculty opportunities for the Department.

The Department also maintains a close affiliation with the Veterans Hospital, which is located directly across the street from the UIHC Hospital. The VA supports both clinical training opportunities and research within the Department of Dermatology. Finally, the University of Iowa also enjoys the strong on-going support of the program by its graduates and the community of dermatologists and patients in Iowa. These aspects of the program that made Iowa a great opportunity for me, I believe also make it a great opportunity for training.

Our department has state-of-the-art facilities are available for patient care and clinical research. In addition, the Department has laboratory space in the Marshall Dermatology Research Laboratories that supports both basic and clinical research. New programs sponsored by the NIH, VA, and industry will offer research opportunities that span clinical, translational, and basic science research on dermatological disorders.

Iowa City is a Big-Ten university community in eastern Iowa with much to offer. An excellent lifestyle is available to our trainees. I hope you will visit us in Iowa City to further explore the outstanding opportunities here.

- Janet Fairley, MD Chair & Department Executive Officer

Past Fellows

 

Sogyong Aug, portrait

Sogyong Auh, MD, PhD
2015-16


Katherine Mercy, portrait

Katherine Mercy, MD
2016-17


Pooja Chitgopeker, portrait

Pooja Chitgopeker, MBChB
2017-18


Lisa Chastant, portrait

Lisa Chastant, MD
2017-18


Stephen Vance, portrait

Stephen Vance, MD
2018-19


Jennifer Barklund, portrait

Jennifer Barklund, MD
2019-20


Carlyn Hardin, portrait

Carolyn Hardin, DO
2019-20


Patricia Richey, portrait

Patricia Richey, MD
2020-21

Current Fellows

Patricia Richey, portrait

Patricia Richey, MD