University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

The Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is often found near the top of numerous rating lists, and an inquiry into the department's activities reveals why.

"In the spheres we work-patient care, science and research, education, and community service-we have extraordinary balance," says Bruce Wmtroub, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology. "We can both serve our patients and at the same time provide quaternary care. This is a mission the university has passed on to us and we have tried to emulate.

"We have several unique clinical programs that don't exist in the other departments," he adds. "Our hospitalist program, for example, leads to some interesting stories where dermatology has made an enormous clinical difference in patient care."

The UCSF hospitalist program was the first of its type in the country. "Once internal medicine went to a hospitalist-based system, with internists who specialized in in-house care, we thought the subspecialties that support internal medicine need to do the same thing," says Timothy G. Berger, MD, director of residency and professor of clinical dermatology.

The pediatric dermatology program specializes in vascular malformations in children, attracting referrals from across the UCSF region, which includes all of California north of Los Angeles. "It's a very practical program that has taken clinical observation and research, and applied it directly to patient care," Berger says. "The real value is training others to reproduce this by training fellows every year. …