National Capital Consortium (NCC) Dermatology Residency
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD)
Program Director: LTC Luke R. Bloomquist, MD, USA
The National Capital Consortium (NCC) Dermatology Residency is one of the military's three dermatology training programs and is located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD. The training program consists of both Army and Navy residents of which there are 5-6 residents selected every year. Trainees must be commissioned officers in the U.S. Armed Forces. The program also has an affiliated dermatopathology fellowship through the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).
Some residents enter training right from their internship (PGY-1) while others come following a 2-3 year general medical officer tour which typically includes an overseas deployment. Some of our residents served previously as flight surgeons, undersea medical officers, surface warfare medical officers or Fleet Marine Force medical officers.
Our residents take care of active duty military personnel, their dependents, retirees as well as foreign military personnel and their dependents assigned to the National Capital Region. Affiliated institutions include the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Armed Forces Joint Pathology Center, the Washington Hospital Center and Children's National Medical Center. All residents participate in monthly conferences and patient viewings held by the DC Dermatologic Society to include the annual Military DC Derm Day.
The program has all subspecialties represented to include dermatopathology, Mohs surgery and procedural dermatology, pediatric dermatology and immunodermatology. Specialty clinics offered include melanoma and pigmented lesions, hair diseases, contact dermatitis, Mohs surgery, laser and cosmetic dermatology, pediatric dermatology, immunodeficiency clinic and a Wounded Warrior scar revision clinic. In addition, we have a worldwide teledermatology service utilized by medical personnel of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as an inpatient consultative service. Residents have even participated in one-month humanitarian missions with a focus on dermatology on the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, the USNS Comfort, as well as overseas field missions as part of the Military Tropical Medicine Course conducted through USUHS.
The residency is most fortunate to have close ties with the Dermatology Division at the NIH which includes weekly grand rounds held at either WRNMMC or NIH. These rounds are led by our chief resident and bring together experts in the field of dermatology for complicated or unique dermatology patients.
The NCC Dermatology Residency Training Program offers its residents a robust academic curriculum as well as a broad clinical experience in order to prepare its graduates to serve as military dermatologists in any location worldwide. We pride ourselves on our residents' medical knowledge, patient care, professionalism and service to our Nation.