The Division of Dermatopathology is located within the IUSM Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is physically located in University Hospital in a suite with faculty, fellow and staff offices, resident space, and a sign-out room with a 10-head Olympus microscope. In 1998 there were over 5,000 accessions (cases) in dermatopathology which were generated by physicians at University and Riley Hospitals, Wishard Hospital and Regenstrief Clinics, and outside physicians (dermatologists and pathologists). An additional 10,000 cases prepared at Laboratory Corporation of America in Louisville are sent to the Division for interpretation. Immunofluorescence studies on tissue and sera are also read by faculty members in the Division.
The Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Dermatology jointly sponsor a two-year Dermatopathology Fellowship which intends to prepare individuals for careers in academic medicine.
There are five faculty members in the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine with special certification in dermatopathology. Most of these faculty members are actively engaged in teaching dermatopathology to students, residents and fellows.
Residents in dermatology and pathology rotate for one to three months in dermatopathology, depending on the requirements of the residency program and individual interest. Although there is no requirement for scholarly activity during the rotation, many of the residents complete case reports or short projects leading to presentation at a local or national meeting, and/or to a publication. Residents on the dermatopathology rotation participate in daily sign-out and the twice weekly QC/interesting case conference; attend weekly dermatology grand rounds, and the monthly dermatopathology journal club. There are over 2,000 teaching cases available for independent study, as well as ample reading material in the form of books and journals. Residents are also encouraged to attend the Indiana Dermatologic Meetings (three times/year), and the Midwest Dermatopathology Meeting.