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Thank you for generously sponsoring the ASLMS Preceptorship Program in 2019 

The ASLMS Preceptorship Program provides a unique opportunity for ASLMS members who are early in their career to learn new techniques and perspectives in lasers and other energy based technologies, observe a successful practice in action and develop valuable career networks.

ASLMS uses survey instruments and tools to conduct several needs assessments throughout the year. Professional practice gaps are identified through these assessments. The ASLMS Preceptorship Program is designed to address knowledge, competence and performance practice gaps by providing direct exposure to clinical cases and treatment strategies as conducted on patients real-time by experienced clinicians. A funded, organized Preceptorship Program is an opportunity for ASLMS to enhance its ability to provide additional educational opportunities for clinicians consistent with the organizational mission and vision, and has the potential to improve patient care outcomes.


Participation Requirements

ASLMS members who are between one and five years post medical school graduation, third year resident (or second year resident as long as the preceptorship occurs during their third year of residency) or in a fellowship will have the opportunity to visit the practice of an established physician to observe best practices and skills in core areas as well as advanced skills in procedures and techniques not previously learned.

Applicants must be in a qualified residency or fellowship program or board certified by a recognized American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) board. If you are not an ASLMS member, you may apply for membership by visiting Membership | Join.


Application Process

Applications for 2019-2020 preceptorships are being accepted. The date of the preceptorship can be no more than 6 months from application date.

  • A maximum of $1,000 is available for each preceptee’s travel expenses.
  • Allowable travel expenses include hotel, airfare, cab fare, car rental, gas mileage, toll booths, public transportation, and airport shuttle. Up to $75.00 per diem for meal expenses.

A minimum of $100 in expenses must be requested.

  • Choose a preceptor from the list of ASLMS members who have met the criteria established for preceptors and who have agreed to serve as a preceptor. The preceptor must be contacted to ensure he/she is interested in serving in that capacity for the potential preceptee. Preceptor List
  • Prior to submitting an application to the ASLMS, applicants must secure a preceptor, agree upon a time frame for the preceptorship and secure the preceptor’s signature on the application which verifies agreement with the terms of the program.
  • Each preceptorship must be a minimum of one week. It is the responsibility of each preceptee to coordinate the duration of the preceptorship. Preceptorships may begin in June and must be completed within one year.
  • Preceptee candidates are eligible for one preceptorship per year.

To apply use the printable application. 

The following documents must be attached:

  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Essay outlining career goals, educational goals and how the preceptorship will impact the applicant’s future or current practice of using lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications.
  • Residents must include a letter of support from their program director or chief of service on official letterhead.
  • Signed and dated Preceptee Release Form.

Applications should be emailed to information@aslms.org


Approval Process

The ASLMS Awards Committee is responsible for the final decision on approving ASLMS members who apply for a preceptorship.

Preceptee applicants will be accepted based upon the merit of:

  • Career and educational goals.
  • How the preceptorship will impact future or current practice of using lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications.
  • Be in a qualified residency or fellowship program or board certified by a recognized ABMS member board.
  • A letter of approval verifying acceptance of any application must be provided by ASLMS to the preceptor and preceptee before a preceptorship begins. Preceptors will not schedule preceptorships without first receiving verification from ASLMS.

Post-Preceptorship Requirements

Upon completion of preceptorship, preceptees must submit to ASLMS:

  • Final expenses (if applicable), timesheet and evaluation (using the forms provided by ASLMS).
  • A brief report (1,000 words or less) outlining the experience. Reports are to be submitted via email to information@aslms.org. Preceptee reports may be shared in member newsletter, on the website, and in other marketing materials. 
  • High resolution (300 dpi or greater) color photograph/headshot in .png, .pdf., .eps, .tiff or .jpg format.

The Preceptorship Experience

The preceptorship program is a service for ASLMS members. ASLMS’ role is to provide the organizational structure for the program, coordinate applications for the program, solicit funding, publicize and promote participation in the program, and act as a fiscal agent with regard to appropriation of funds to preceptees for program participation expenses.

ASLMS will have no role in or responsibility for the actual implementation of the individual preceptorships, including but not limited to supervision, administration, advice, guidance, monitoring, direction, conduct, or performance. Each individual preceptorship reflects the views, skills, practice, and content of individual preceptors only.

The views, techniques and practices demonstrated in the preceptorships do not represent the views, practices, opinions, or recommendations of the ASLMS as an organization or those of the funding sponsors.

The availability of hands-on experience depends upon local practice or institutional requirements for licensure and insurance coverage. Applicants must seek information from the preceptor defining the expectations of an individual preceptorship program.

ASLMS assumes no liability for any individual preceptorship, and all preceptors and preceptees will release ASLMS and indemnify and hold it harmless from any liability. Preceptors and preceptees will be responsible for obtaining their own insurance to cover preceptorship activities.


Preceptee Stories

brittany-jacob-bw" It is important as residents to not only learn the fundamentals of medical and procedural dermatology, but also to develop professional practice habits that will benefit us and our patients moving forward. The opportunity to experience such an efficiently run practice that fosters high morale and is embedded within a positive work climate was invaluable to my overall residency education."

BRITTANY BUHALOG, MD
ASLMS Preceptee

  • Ardeshir Nadimi, MD
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    I was chosen to participate in a week-long preceptorship under Dr. Kristen Kelly at the University of California Irvine through ASLMS, which I completed in the summer of 2019 during my final year of dermatology residency. I observed the care of adult and pediatric patients with various conditions during the preceptorship, amongst them port wine birthmarks, hypertrichosis, unwanted tattoos, rosacea, telangiectasias, and symptomatic scars. The setting included an ambulatory dermatology clinic and a dedicated outpatient laser center.

    During the preceptorship, Dr. Kelly reviewed with me the scientific basis, indications, and precautions for various lasers and other light-emitting devices commonly used in dermatology, including pulsed dye laser, potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP), alexandrite, Fraxel Dual wavelength, intense pulsed light, and various Q-switched lasers. Some of the takeaway points Dr. Kelly emphasized include performing one or a few test spots on patients prior to full treatment, using topical corticosteroids judiciously to blunt the skin’s inflammatory response after certain treatments, avoiding non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin a week prior to treatment with pulsed dye laser. She also emphasized the importance of a thorough pre-treatment consultation and review of patient/parent goals.

    Dr. Kelly herself modeled compassionate, thorough, and knowledgeable patient care. I was struck by her ability to build rapport with patients/parents while efficiently addressing the questions and problems for which they had presented to her. Since Dr. Kelly is a faculty member at the University of California Irvine, I was lucky enough to participate in the departmental grand rounds that included live patient viewing and a spirited and thoroughly enjoyable discussion; resident didactic sessions; and the department’s visiting professor series. I was also able to interact with several of the department’s faculty members, including Dr. Christopher Zachary and Dr. Patrick Lee.

    I consider my experience during the ASLMS preceptorship a valuable portion of my dermatology training. I was able to learn from two of the thought leaders in laser medicine and surgery – Dr. Kristen Kelly and Dr. Christopher Zachary, who together wrote one of the standard textbook chapters on laser devices that nearly all dermatology residents read – while spending a week in a collegial environment and upper echelon department of dermatology. I will encourage other resident colleagues and future mentees to consider pursuing an ASLMS preceptorship.

  • Sarah Kam, MD
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    I am very grateful and honored to be given the opportunity to spend a week learning from Dr. Mark Taylor through the ASLMS preceptorship program. During my preceptorship, I was exposed to a variety of applications of various laser and light-based devices in different dermatological conditions including scar reconstruction, treatments of vascular lesions such as port wine stains, facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and tattoo removal. I was able to see patients in all stages from post-treatment and learn about the recovery process of the different types of treatments. His ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery fellows, physician assistant, nurses and medical assistants were a wealth of knowledge in the aesthetic field and were always willing to answer the many questions that I had throughout my preceptorship. As a result, after my preceptorship, I am more comfortable discussing different therapeutic modalities with my patients, including expectations, pros and cons of each treatment, and recovery time. I am also more confident in combining different laser wavelengths, medical and procedural treatments in treating cutaneous conditions. The ASLMS preceptorship fills an educational gap in residency by exposing us residents to procedures that we may otherwise not have access to.

  • Jennifer Urban, MD

    urban-jennifer-rI had the wonderful opportunity to learn from Dr. Sabrina Fabi as a part of the ASLMS preceptorship program. Under her mentorship, I was able to observe and learn about many of the latest technologies offered in cosmetic dermatology. 

    While in her office I learned expert techniques for common cosmetic procedures while also being exposed to new procedures and products that I was less familiar with. I was able to observe a variety of advanced neurotoxins and filler injection techniques that I hope to use in my future practice. I also was able to see a panel of lasers and light emitting devices used for the treatment of vascular or pigmented lesions. In addition, I observed the use of a Q-switch laser used for tattoo removal, which is a laser that is unavailable at my home training program and a Fraxel re:store laser for scar revision. 

    A valuable aspect of the rotation was observing how Dr. Fabi assesses patients and counsels them on the risks and benefits of each cosmetic procedure. I learned a tremendous amount from seeing her interact with patients and build trust and rapport prior to deciding on a treatment plan.

    In addition to lasers, filler, and neurotoxins I was also able to see fat augmenting procedures such as kybella, liposuction, and skin tightening procedures such as Thermi, thermage, and ultherapy. I was able to see one patient undergo a fully ablative fractional CO2 laser treatment and then see her in follow-up throughout the week allowing me to observe the healing process. This experience will allow me to better counsel patients on what they may expect from more invasive cosmetic surgical procedures such as ablative laser treatments. 

    Overall I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this preceptorship program as it exposed me to procedures that I would otherwise not have seen as a part of my residency training. This opportunity served as an invaluable experience that will benefit my future practice greatly and will allow me to better counsel patients on what options they may have in the consideration of cosmetic procedures.

  • Nikhil Shyam, MD
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    From the moment I stepped into Dr. Tina Alster’s practice at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, I knew I had encountered something special. Right from the support staff to the providers, everyone was very welcoming and excited to have me. The practice itself is very impressive and is a testament to the vision and hard work of Dr. Alster. During my ASLMS preceptorship, I was able to observe Dr. Alster and Dr. Rebecca Kazin perform numerous procedures including the use of injectables – both neurotoxins and dermal fillers. The ability to observe and learn first-hand from master injectors was invaluable.

    I was also able to observe the use of a wide variety of devices and technologies such as ablative and non-ablative resurfacing lasers, pico-lasers, vascular lasers, platelet rich plasma and microneedling. Dr. Alster’s practice boasts an impressive array of devices using cryolipolysis and intense focused ultrasound to help with minimally invasive fat reduction and body contouring. The ability to observe the use of these devices, understand their applications as well as view the post-treatment results was invaluable. Dr. Alster always explained the reasons behind choosing the specific treatment plan for her patients as well as the technical aspects of every procedure she performed. This was extremely helpful as I will be able to incorporate this knowledge to provide personalized treatment options for my patients in the future.

    Perhaps the most important aspect of my ASLMS preceptorship experience was the ability to connect and share ideas with leaders in the field. Dr. Alster’s enthusiasm and sincere commitment to education were very evident. Dr. Alster balances running a busy practice, seeing patients, conducting research and contributing to the local community. In spite of her busy schedule, she took the time to meet with me and impart both clinical and life pearls which will be extremely helpful as I progress in my career.

    I have met numerous physicians across the country through various stages of my training, I know that finding true role models who are not only successful but also willing to advise and mentor the next generation is rare. I can safely say that Dr. Alster is that rare, impressive physician who genuinely cares about her patients and has a passion for mentorship. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet such an inspirational figure. I know that my time spent with her has only strengthened my excitement and passion for the field. As I start my own career, I hope to emulate her both professionally as a leader in the field and personally as a compassionate and generous person. I am extremely grateful to the ASLMS for providing me with this unique experience and hope to pay this forward in the future.

  • Annie Liu, MD
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    It was a true privilege to have the opportunity to participate in a preceptorship with Dr. Mitchel Goldman at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology. My rotation was an eye-opening and career changing experience! From day one, Dr. Goldman treated me as a colleague and shared his invaluable knowledge and experiences with me. I was incredibly impressed to see that his centre owned over 45 unique lasers, and countless other energy-based devices!

    Within my laser-specific learning, I strengthened my knowledge of managing common aesthetic concerns and also observed innovative management of unique presenting concerns, such as the pico laser for actinic lichen planus. My learning extended beyond laser devices to neurotoxins and fillers, fat reduction management, and cosmeceuticals.

    However, perhaps the most valuable learning during my experience was observing Dr. Goldman’s refined art of caring for his patients. I witnessed how his patients’ concerns were so effortlessly and comprehensively addressed through the assessment and management process by himself and his team. He integrated his vast knowledge and experiences with his engaging interpersonal intuitions to understand and care for his patients. His skillful use of adjuvant technological tools also helped to clearly explain and teach patients about their skin health.

    His office team was also a pleasure to learn from and work with. During my preceptorship, I also had the privilege of learning from Drs. Butterwick and Fabi, in addition to his two outstanding clinical fellows, Drs. Kollipara and Hoss!

    Overall, I had a phenomenal, unforgettable experience and will always be thankful for this preceptorship for fueling my passion for laser medicine and aesthetic care of patients!

  • Radhika Nakrani, MD
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    My ASLMS preceptorship with Dr. Tina Alster at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery was an unparalleled learning experience. The preceptorship offered an incredible opportunity during my residency to gain first-hand exposure to a myriad of cutting edge treatment modalities.  I was able to observe Dr. Alster in action with devices I had previously only read about in textbooks and journal articles, allowing me to better understand the associated nuances. From ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing, to vascular and pigment lasers, to microneedling and platelet rich plasma, to cryolipolysis and intense focused ultrasound - Dr. Alster had it all! And above all, she was genuinely interested and invested in my educational experience.

    From the moment I stepped foot into her office, her commitment to teaching and mentorship was evident. Despite her busy schedule, she always took the time to teach, both throughout the patient encounter as well as in between patients. She explained in detail the technicalities of each injection or procedure she performed, the medical and practical reason for her choice, and the relevant data.  It was truly valuable to see how Dr. Alster counseled her patients both pre- and post-procedure and used her expertise and knowledge to create individualized treatment plans. For every patient, there was always a teaching point. During the one week I was there, I was able to see a wide range of patients, from infants to older adults. I even had the opportunity to see some of the same patients in follow-up visits, allowing me to learn about the healing process first hand.

    It was an inspiration to see Dr. Alster not only deliver optimal patient care, but also run a successful practice and balance research, product development, administrative duties, and leadership roles in various local and international societies.  Her energy and passion is contagious and she truly is a role model. I am so grateful to both Dr. Alster and the ASLMS for this incredible opportunity and hope to pay it forward one day. This experience has enabled my further development as a dermatologist and will ultimately benefit my patients. I look forward to continuing to learn and incorporate novel therapies into my future practice.

  • Marina Shuster, MD
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    It was an absolute pleasure spending a week with Dr. Bernstein and his associate Dr. Bloom. I will always remember the experience fondly as one of the highlights of my residency training and would recommend the experience to every resident in the country seeking to enhance their knowledge of laser technology and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Bernstein is a true legend and founder in the field and has an incomparable breadth of knowledge to share. Not only was I able to observe him directly treating patients with PDL, ND-YAG, Fraxel, & radiofrequency micro-needling but Dr. Bernstein took time out of his busy day to give me a two-hour lecture on the science behind laser technology, allowed me to observe his work in clinical research and product development, and took every patient experience as a learning opportunity to teach me a clinical pearl or two. Most importantly, he served as a prime example of the physician I hope to become one day: not only clinically excellent but also friendly & amicable towards his patients and staff making it a pleasure to come to work daily!

  • Hayley Leight, MD
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    My ASLMS preceptorship with Dr. Mitchel Goldman at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego was a life changing unparalleled learning experience in my residency training. Although I come from a residency program with a fairly robust training in aesthetic medicine and surgery, this week-long preceptorship allowed me to better understand the nuances between treatment modalities and observe new devices that I had only seen in the literature prior to this immersive experience.

    From the beginning of the rotation, I was warmly welcomed into this practice as a training physician. I was able to observe a myriad of different procedures such as microliposuction, ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing, vascular and pigmented lesion lasers, neuromodulator and filler technique, microneedling with radiofrequency, Ultherapy, and more. I was present for patient follow up appointments as well and able to see the evolution of the healing process with more aggressive laser surgery.

    Each day was unique and I had the opportunity to follow multiple physicians in the practice to observe their techniques. Each physician took significant time from their daily schedule to teach me about laser physics, injectable techniques, anatomical landmarks and much more. Given the sheer volume of lasers and other energy based devices as well as two fully functional operating rooms, I was able to observe completely new procedures each day of the rotation.

    One of the most influential parts of this preceptorship was observing Drs. Goldman, Butterwick, Groff, Fabi, Wu, and Boen during their cosmetic consults with new patients. Each of these physicians are experts in the field and have a vast understanding of the different energy based treatment modalities and the literature supporting the effectiveness of any given procedure. They are able to assimilate this knowledge into their cosmetic consults, and choose the ideal procedure(s) to fit the patient’s expectations and treatment goals.

    This week was an incredible learning experience in a well-established and finely tuned cosmetic and procedural dermatology practice.  I will be forever grateful to Dr. Goldman for allowing me to visit and observe in the practice. It is my goal to train to be a physician of the same caliber, competence, and experience as all of the physicians at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology. I am humbled and appreciative that ASLMS has made this preceptorship possible for myself and other aspiring residents.

  • Brandon Worley, MD, MSc
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    During my ASLMS preceptorship, I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Joel Cohen at AboutSkin Dermatology. He specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, aesthetic dermatology and laser medicine. My 3-week preceptorship was inspiring and renewed my interest in micrographic surgery and laser medicine. Dr. Cohen emulated the successful practice I hope to have one day – blending first-class clinical care with a dedication to academic procedural dermatology. I observed many Mohs cases with Dr. Cohen, including complex constructions. Dr. Cohen’s approach to preoperative consultations demonstrated genuine care for his patients, which reflected in the patient’s comfort on their surgical day.  We often discussed and reviewed the literature related to many of the interventions he discussed with patients. This academic interest mirrored my own desire to achieve this mastery of the current evidence. Further, it showed the importance of understanding the unique medical and social background of the patient to best plan their surgery. During our Mohs surgery days, he offered insights on proper surgical technique and ensuring standardization within reviewing specimens. It was great to see a dedication to the ‘little things’ that make a procedure and reconstruction as successful as possible. As reconstruction of surgical defects is a key interest, I also enjoyed seeing the systematic approach to preforming simple and complex reconstructions. The meticulous attention to counseling and post-operative wound care was particularly apparent. I will take many of these lessons forward. Lastly, I am grateful for the collaboration of his ENT and Oculoplastics colleagues who played a role in my learning – teaching me nuances of surgical skills in those specialty areas that will assist me in my future.

    Dr. Cohen had many aesthetic patients over my preceptorship. He gave the same care to validating their concerns and thoroughly addressing both short and long-term plans for facial rejuvenation. I was able to witness current techniques for botulinum toxin, filler, laser treatment of pigmented lesions and laser resurfacing.  Given my limited experience with these modalities, it was helpful to see Dr. Cohen's approach to these cases. I was able to learn more about the practical theory behind each of these treatments to gain new appreciation for their use. My interest in laser resurfacing for advanced photoaging and incorporating into dermatologic surgery applications only grew during my time at AboutSkin. This led to reviewing new applications for combining laser with topical platelet rich plasma and prostaglandins. I feel more confident when discussing aesthetic treatments. I know have gained further competence in this area as a result of this preceptorship.

    Overall, I am grateful to have had the chance to participate in the ASLMS preceptorship. I had diverse exposure to many aspects of procedural dermatology. Dr. Cohen’s mentorship has been invaluable. I will always remember his dedication to his patients as well as moving the field forward through academic research. I learned many lessons over my short time with him. I hope to build on them as I pursue a fellowship in Mohs surgery and develop my career in procedural dermatology.

  • Michael Lee, MD
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    My ASLMS Preceptorship with Dr. Mitchel Goldman was a unique and cherishable experience which provided exposure to energy-based devices. With residency graduation months away, there were still procedures that I had only read about but had hoped to observe in person prior to becoming a practicing physician. The opportunity to fill these knowledge gaps at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego was one I could not pass up.

    From day one I was immersed into Dr. Goldman’s very busy but fine-tuned practice. The sheer number of devices ensured that I would learn something new every day. I discovered nuances in using intense pulsed light, pulsed dye laser, and carbon dioxide ablative laser, devices which I was well-accustomed to during residency training but without a full appreciation of their versatility until now. I was also thrilled to be able to observe many additional lasers and devices that I had not previously seen before during my training. By the end of my two-week preceptorship, I had witnessed a variety of procedures including multi-modality facial rejuvenation, ablative and non-ablative resurfacing, microliposuction, Ultherapy, Thermage, Infini radiofrequency ablation, Coolsculpting, and sclerotherapy. I was also able to evaluate the post-procedure results, allowing me to affirm the profound role these devices play in aesthetic medicine.

    The most invaluable aspect of the preceptorship was the opportunity to observe the patient care delivered by Drs. Goldman, Butterwick, Groff, Fabi, and Wu. As experts in the field of aesthetic medicine, their pearls of wisdom offered a learning experience not found in any textbook. They took time to explain important concepts and provided practical tips that will be useful in my future career. The daily enthusiasm that each of them provided is an inspiration to me as a young physician and serves as a model to follow as I continue to treat and counsel patients.

    These two weeks ultimately gave me an excitement for the use of energy-based technologies in aesthetic medicine and surgery. I would recommend the ASLMS Preceptorship program without hesitation to any individual seeking an immersive experience in this new and quickly progressive field. I have no doubt that my career will be enhanced from the preceptorship and am truly thankful for ASLMS for making this experience possible.

  • Matt Innes, MD
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    My preceptorship with Dr. Mark Taylor was awesome. Reading a textbook simply can't compare to learning directly from an expert. There are certain principles regarding lasers that I have had a hard time grasping by studying. After seeing these principles in action over a week with Dr. Taylor, it has really started to come together for me. I can see how having these modalities in my arsenal would allow me to get creative with the “art of medicine” and offer more of my patients effective treatment options. In fact, there were a handful of patients who came in with conditions that I didn't have any effective treatment options for, but because of Dr. Taylor’s extensive collection of lasers and his mastery of their dynamics, we came up with effective, targeted treatments.

    I was interested to see that Dr. Taylor rarely uses default settings when using lasers. He would modify this or that setting and then teach us how it would optimize the treatment or minimize risk of a particular side effect. Once I started to grasp these concepts, it was fun to predict which settings he would use and start to come up with treatment plans in my head.

    I appreciated his willingness to spend time teaching. When we had free time, we would choose a topic and discuss and ask questions until the next patient came. My favorite hands-on learning was our ablative resurfacing of…an eggplant. Dr. Davis (Dr. Taylor’s fellow) and I used a 2940 nm Er:YAG to practice our technique while Dr. Taylor gave us tips. We modified one setting at a time to see how it affected the outcome. For example, we saw firsthand how changing the pulse duration altered the interplay between vaporization and heating. We then discussed how we could utilize these principles to treat epidermal lesions in which clean vaporization was desired versus deeper lesions in which heating may help us to achieve hemostasis (Note: in the spirit of sustainability, this eggplant was taken home and prepared for dinner).

    I would highly recommend this preceptorship to residents hoping to use lasers and other energy-based modalities in their practice. Again, there’s simply no better way to learn these principles than to immerse yourself and learn directly from the best in the business. One of the most important things I learned was that this is a complex field with intricacies, nuances, and real risks to the patient if we haven’t mastered the principles behind these powerful devices. I learned how to use them more effectively, but I also learned about important risks and pitfalls that will allow me to treat with confidence and minimize risk to my patients.

  • Sandy Kuo, MD
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    My ASLMS Preceptorship experience with Dr. Sabrina Fabi at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego was outstanding. Having minimal exposure to various cosmetics procedures in residency, my week-long experience was truly eye-opening. Not only did I get to see new techniques in injectables and sclerotherapy, but I was opened to a new world of skin tightening, body contouring, and laser therapies. While it was wonderful to see these procedures be performed by the expert hands of Dr. Fabi, what was truly valuable was to see how she counseled her patients during a consultation and to see her follow-up patients with their amazing results. The preceptorship experience has allowed me to take better care of my future patients by learning what further options are available and how to advise them on these modalities. The opportunity to observe and learn under an expert in the field like Dr. Fabi was a unique and coveted opportunity that I will always cherish. The ASLMS preceptorship helped enable the ongoing growth of my passion for the field and further my development as a dermatologist.

  • Kunal Angra, MD
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    During my week-long preceptorship at Moy-Fincher-Chipps Dermatology in Beverly Hills, I actually got to spend time with several dermatologists and see the workings of a busy, successful medical and cosmetic practice. About to finish residency and join a small private practice, I have several valuable takeaways from this experience. 

    With Dr. Moy, I got the perspective of a seasoned dermatologist who maintains efficiency in a busy schedule. Performing daily fractional ablative resurfacing cases intermixed with routine follow-ups and Mohs cases, Dr. Moy showed me how to balance individual patient care while navigating a varied daily schedule. By seeing him perform a neck lift and several resurfacings, I learned how to do nerve blocks, liposuction, and tumescent anesthesia in the office setting. And in seeing a wide variety of devices, I got a better sense of what devices I might want to use in my own practice. While I do not anticipate doing neck lifts (even though he made it seem straightforward), Dr. Moy’s frequent employment of the Erbium fractional laser, its safety for many skin types, and its short downtime with good results are sufficiently convincing me to obtain one as my first device.

    Dr. Chipps and Dr. Herrmann also did many procedural cases, including Mohs, PDL, radiofrequency skin tightening, blepharoplasty, and canthopexy. Coming from a small residency program, I had not even conceptualized some of these procedures as under the purview of a dermatologist. But certainly the laser and radiofrequency devices I would feel more comfortable using, especially with the tips and tricks they gave me along the way. It really is amazing to see clinical outcomes after different laser treatments, even with low energy settings, and the volume of cosmetic patients in the practice absolutely helped me get an appreciation for achievable results.

    Overall, being able to see expert use of different devices and the organization of a big, busy practice in LA will help me start my career with more awareness and confidence. I greatly appreciate the experience and will surely refer to it as I encounter clinical and managerial dilemmas in New York.

  • Brittany Buhalog, MD

    brittany-jacobRecently, I had the pleasure of immersing myself into an eight day preceptorship with one of procedural dermatology’s finest:  Dr Carolyn Jacob.  I found her to be extremely knowledgeable about current energy and light-based devices, but more importantly, she constantly seeks to further her expertise and understanding of new applications for these devices and better serve her patients with emerging technologies. Dr. Jacob uses a myriad of techniques with finely honed expertise in her daily practice and performs dozens of injectable procedures throughout the day as well.

    Dr. Jacob’s commitment to teaching and education was obvious within only minutes of our first encounter. While some physicians may choose to simply allow a resident to shadow as a bystander, observing one procedure after the next, this was certainly not the case with Dr. Jacob. She explained in detail the technical matters of each injection or procedure she performed, the medical and practical reason for her choice, and the relevant science or research data for every single patient encounter. Clearly, she is a gifted teacher as well as physician.

    Dr. Jacob’s collaborative practice is a model for those of us at the cusp of our professional life.  I learned so much more from her than how to use a multimodal approach to resurface the skin, considerations for engaging in a clinical trial, or ways to help patients align their inner and outer aesthetic desires. Dr. Jacob founded her current practice nearly two decades ago, and the office has more than tripled in size since that time. She balances patient care, research investigations, and administrative duties seamlessly, and it is very apparent that the entire staff respects her. It is important as residents to not only learn the fundamentals of medical and procedural dermatology, but also to develop professional practice habits that will benefit us and our patients moving forward. The opportunity to experience such an efficiently run practice that fosters high morale and is embedded within a positive work climate was invaluable to my overall residency education.

    I would highly recommend that any resident who is interested in procedural dermatology spend time with Dr. Carolyn Jacob.  I admire her greatly and learned so much that will benefit my future patients.

  • Natalie Yin, MD

    yin-alsterThank you to the ASLMS for the opportunity of a lifetime and unforgettable preceptorship with Dr. Tina Alster.  Prior to this preceptorship, I felt truly overwhelmed and intimidated by the complexity of laser devices.  How would I know which (of the hundreds of) laser devices would be optimal for my patient?  How would I know which (of the myriad of) settings would be safe, but efficacious, for my patient? Dr. Alster effortlessly broke down these convoluted concepts into bite-sized, straightforward bits of knowledge for me to more easily digest. She shared with me her most commonly employed laser “recipes," not only a term she used to describe her favorite laser settings, but also one that somehow made the topic less daunting for me.

    During my week, I was fortunate enough to see some of Dr. Alster’s more complicated patients with conditions ranging from extensive and disfiguring facial vascular malformations to severe hypertrophic scarring secondary to ablative laser therapy performed elsewhere. Many were overcome with emotion at their visits, detailing the incredible improvements experienced under Dr. Alster’s care after failing years of treatment on the outside.  I was moved and inspired by Dr. Alster’s ability to meaningfully transform so many lives with her expertise, passion, and empathetic nature.

    Dr. Alster is incomparable as a mentor, not only for her laser expertise and knowledge, but also for her mentorship style.  From the second we stepped into her office to the moment we left at the end of the day, there was not a lost teaching opportunity.  Dr. Alster continuously imparted tips and pearls to us throughout each patient interaction, as well as between cases.  She frequently tested our retention of the information to reinforce critical concepts.  My pocket notebook was full of fundamental practical pearls after just one week!  Moreover, Dr. Alster’s effervescence and enthusiasm for her work were contagious; her energy made learning such a treat.

    What struck me most during my ASLMS preceptorship, however, was Dr. Alster’s sincere kindness and compassion – not only for her patients, but also for her mentees.  As a world expert in laser devices and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Alster could not have been a more humble, down-to-earth person.  She made each and every one of her mentees feel like he/she was the only one in the room.  She was genuinely interested in us, even on a personal level - inquiring about our extracurricular plans in the city and offering recommendations. 

    I am incredibly grateful to both Dr. Alster and the ASLMS for this unbelievable opportunity. Dr. Alster’s own passion for laser technology undoubtedly stimulated my own interest in lasers, and I hope to be half the ASLMS mentor to future trainees as Dr. Alster was to me.

  • Paul Gruber, MD

    gruber-paulMy two week ASLMS Preceptorship with Dr. Mitch Goldman was more enriching to my education and training than I ever could have imagined. Coming from an academic institution with somewhat limited cosmetic and laser dermatology exposure, I was able to get first-hand experience with cutting edge treatment modalities. Drs Goldman, Wu, Fabi, Butterwick, and Groff could not have been more kind and supportive regarding my educational experience in their busy practice. Despite my gaps in knowledge, they were always eager to teach about both the newer energy based devices in use as well as the salient features of older more traditional procedures.

    The practice has an immense amount of energy based devices including just about every laser one could imagine. Drs Goldman and Wu were always helpful in simplifying the treatment modalities and their mechanism of action. I was very fortunate to see a number of procedures not available to most residents in an academic setting including Thermage, Ultherapy, Infini Radiofrequency, Coolsculpting, Cellfina, Liposuction, and Phlebectomy. Observing these treatments directly provided more understanding than one could ever glean from a textbook or journal article.

    I could not be more appreciative for the time during patient encounters that Dr. Goldman took to highlight teaching points. From the initial patient consultation to procedural methods and managing complications, he enthusiastically passed along the nuances of providing optimal patient care. Dr. Goldman has a tremendous reputation for his contributions to the evolution of sclerotherapy and I was fortunate to observe him perform a fair amount during my two weeks. With each procedure he would provide invaluable advice on proper patient evaluation, technique, counseling, and post-procedural care. It is a wonderful privilege to be able to garner such knowledge and I am truly indebted to both the ASLMS and Dr. Goldman.

    I left the two week ASLMS Preceptorship completely exhilarated about incorporating novel cosmetic, laser, and procedural dermatologic therapies into my future practice. The entire experience was outstanding and I would recommend others looking to have a truly inspiring educational opportunity to pursue the same. Dr. Goldman's mentorship was something that I will cherish throughout my career and look to give back to others in the future.

  • Dennis Porto, MD

    porto-dennisMy ASLMS preceptorship with Dr Dover was outstanding. I learned the nuances of energy-based therapy from the physicians who invented many of the techniques. This preceptorship will be critical to my development as a aspirational leader in the field as well. Not only was it educational, but it enabled me to make critical connections with the current giants in the field of cosmetic, procedural, and laser dermatology: Drs Rohrer, Dover, Arndt, and Kaminer. You can only learn so much from textbooks and journal articles. Being able to actually work alongside these physicians for a week is irreplaceable and I am so grateful to ASLMS for providing me this opportunity. I could not recommend this program strongly enough and I couldn't possibly overstate the significance I believe that it will have on my career in the field of energy based devices and procedural dermatology.

  • Prescilia Isedeh, MD

    isedeh-presciliaDuring my ASLMS preceptorship, I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Anthony Rossi, who specializes in Mohs surgery and laser surgery. My preceptorship week was very productive. I was able to observe several Mohs cases with Dr. Rossi. It was great to see Dr. Rossi’s approach to his surgical patients during consultation. Also, since I was at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I was able to see some patients with complex cancer histories who were on multiple chemotherapy agents, which had to be factored to ensure that the patient was an optimum candidate for surgery. During our Mohs surgery, I was able to observe Dr. Rossi’s precise technique in removing the skin cancer. He offered several tips on how to obtain a good sample prior to processing and viewing under microscope. It was good to see his systematic approach to reading the slide of the Mohs specimen. My favorite part of our Mohs day was planning the patient’s reconstruction. Once again, Dr. Rossi had a systematic approach with a “less is always more” philosophy when the defect could be closed in a simple fashion or preform a complex reconstruction when it was warranted.

    Additionally, throughout the clinic day, Dr. Rossi had many patients who he was treating with various lasers. Dr. Rossi used the pulse dye laser and KTP laser to treat post-surgical scar erythema and ablative CO2 laser to hypertrophic scars. Since I did not have too much experience with using these lasers for post-surgery scars and erythema, it was very helpful to see Dr. Rossi’s approach to these cases. In my opinion, lasers are quite complex, but Dr. Rossi was able to simplify many of the laser principles for me to understand. Also, I was exposed to confocal microscopy. In the past, I had read about confocal microscopy, but I was not able to visually understand the concept since two of our patients who had a history of melanoma had this imaging performed in clinic. It was interesting to see how this image modality was incorporated as another diagnostic tool for patients with pigmented lesions, especially those with a history of melanoma.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my ASLMS preceptorship. I had a good mix of Mohs surgery, laser surgery and complex dermatology. I am interested in doing a Mohs fellowship, so this preceptorship further confirmed my passion for Mohs and laser surgery. Dr. Rossi’s mentorship has been invaluable so I am grateful for the ASLMS preceptorship allowing me to work with Dr. Rossi.


Additional Information

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