Leading Fellowship Program

Thank you for your interest in the Dayton Skin Surgery Center Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship Program. If you are interested in applying to the Dayton Skin Surgery Center (DSSC) Fellowship Program, please visit the SF Match website to register. You will be required to complete the Central Application Service (CAS) application form as well as provide a set of required documents. The CAS will then distribute your application to your selected programs.

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The Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at Dayton Skin Surgery Center (DSSC) originated in 2004. Directed by Heidi Donnelly, MD, our program is accredited with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).

Each spring Dr. Heidi Donnelly will host 3 externs once a month between April and June. Each extern will rotate with Dr. Donnelly for two days of surgery as well as attend a cadaver lab review session with the current fellow.

The fellowship takes place at a private academic practice featuring eight surgery suites outfitted with the latest medical equipment and exam tables. Training encompasses Mohs surgery and reconstruction, cutaneous oncology and excisional surgery, as well as cosmetic dermatology including lasers, BOTOX®, fillers, and chemical peels. Additionally, there is an on-site Mohs frozen section CLIA certified laboratory where the fellow is instructed on processing tissue and practicing the techniques of cutting frozen sections, staining, and slide preparation.

Dr. Donnelly is the owner and medical director of Dayton Skin Care. She serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at Wright State University, where she is also the Director of Dermatologic and Mohs Micrographic Surgery. WSU dermatology residents rotate one day a week within the practice. The fellow participates in the monthly didactic lectures, a lecture series provided by Dr. Thomas Lewis, bi-monthly cadaver labs, and the quarterly journals clubs held with the WSU dermatology residents. There is an extensive fellowship cadaver lab course curriculum that is covered during the fellowship year. The curriculum includes but is not limited to: anatomy, facial danger zones and all flaps and graphs separated by anatomical site. Suboptimal clinical outcomes are also recreated in the cadaver lab and new techniques and closure options reviewed. Dr. Lewis also serves as a curriculum advisor and faculty member for the Dayton Skin Surgery Center Fellowship Program.

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with no in-house call. Mohs surgery is performed three to five days per week. Typically, one day per week will be utilized for laser surgery, consultations, excisions, and surgical follow up appointments and research.

Dayton Skin Surgery Center performs approximately 1,400 Mohs surgeries annually. Collaboration with partnering physicians, Dr. Joseph McGowan, Dr. Shannon Buck and Dr. Alison Spiker, ensures a well-rounded experience and exposure to different surgical styles. With all physicians having privileges at the area’s two main hospitals, large Mohs procedures and extensive reconstructions can be scheduled utilizing IV sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Donnelly works closely with ENT, oculoplastic and plastic surgery specialists for some of the bigger, more challenging cases.

Dr. Martha Hickmann strives to enhance and expand the fellow’s exposure to cosmetic procedures and laser surgery. The laser exposure includes: Pulsed Dye Laser, Q Switched NdYAG and Alexandrite, Long Pulsed NdYAG and Alexandrite and IPL. Hands-on experience is available providing cosmetic skin rejuvenation treatments, dermal fillers and chemical peels to staff and patients at DSSC.

The fellowship affords added educational opportunities. Rotations with off-site faculty throughout the year include time with board certified surgeons specializing in a variety of practices.

Outside rotations are currently coordinated with:

  • Dr. Gary Palmer, MD-Laser treatments
  • Dr. Thomas Olsen, MD-Dermatopathology
  • Dr. John Moad, MD-Dermatopathology
  • Dr. James Apesos, MD-Plastic Surgery and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. Steven Schmidt, MD-Plastic Surgery and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. Matthew Fox, MD-Plastic Surgery and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. Jason Hedrick, MD-Plastic Surgery and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. David Ettinger, MD-Plastic Surgery and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. John Haluschak, MD-Oncology
  • Dr. Gregory Rasp, MD-Radiation Oncology
  • Dr. James Ouellette, MD-General Surgery and Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Minia Hellan, MD-General Surgery and Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Rebecca Tuttle, MD-General Surgery and Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Ronald Warwar, MD-Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Dr. Matthew Garrett, MD-Otolaryngology (ENT)

Core curriculum calls for one research project with publication in a peer reviewed journal, cutaneous anatomy lectures, human cadaver sessions for both anatomy and advanced reconstruction training, and basic and advanced life support. A private workstation, and personal computer, as well as access to reference resources through MedLine and the libraries of Miami Valley Hospital, Kettering Hospital and Wright State University, are provided for research projects.

Thank you for your interest in the Dayton Skin Surgery Center Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship Program.

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Apply to the DSSC Fellowship Program by visiting the SF Match website to register. Complete the Central Application Service (CAS) application form and provide the set of required documents. The CAS will then distribute your application to your selected programs.

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