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Preceptorship Program

Supported by an independent educational grant from AbbVie.

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.

Available Funding

Funding for the ASLMS Preceptorship Program is currently pending for 2024. Please continue to watch this site for updates. Applications will be considered for those choosing to work with a preceptor in their locale, however, the applicant must be willing to assume all associated expenses.

Application Process

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

  • 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

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 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-bwIt 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."

ASLMS Preceptee

  • Stephanie Cohen, MD

    Stephanie Cohen, MD shares her preceptorship experience with Thomas E. Rohrer, MD and his colleagues at SkinCare Physicians

    preceptee-stephanie-cohenI had the privilege to participate in the ASLMS Preceptorship program under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Rohrer, Dr. Jeffrey Dover, Dr. Michael Kaminer, Dr. Brooke Sikora, Dr. Karen Kim and their colleagues at SkinCare Physicians (SCP) in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. I had a memorable experience that exceeded my expectations.

    From the moment I arrived at SCP, I felt the welcoming, collaborative, and positive atmosphere. The support staff and fellows were extremely helpful. Despite their busy schedules they kindly took time to make sure I was able to ask questions and watch as many procedures as possible.

    During my one-week preceptorship, I was able to learn different techniques on how to use lasers and energy-based devices to treat vascular malformations, photodamaged skin, post inflammatory erythema, and others. I had the privilege to learn botulinum toxin techniques for the treatment of dynamic rhytides and migraines. Finally, I was able to learn about new techniques for cosmetic injectables such as fillers and toxins.

    My overall experience was enhanced by the conversation I had with each of the faculty members who took their time to teach me about different botulinum toxin dilutions, controversies about Coolsculpting® and share their personal experiences on different cosmetic matters. It was an honor to learn from true experts and pioneers in dermatology who have helped advance the field of cosmetics and aesthetics.

    A big thank you to Drs. Rohrer, Dover, Kaminer, Sikora and the rest of the dermatologists and personnel at SCP for making my preceptorship so fulfilling!

  • Elizabeth DuPay, MD

    Elizabeth DuPay, MD shares her preceptorship experience with Kristen M. Kelly, MD

    preceptee-elizabeth-dupayI am thankful to have spent a week with Dr. Kristen Kelly at UC Irvine through the ASLMS preceptorship.  I am additionally grateful to Dr. Nelson, Dr. Zachary, and all the faculty, residents, and staff at UC Irvine for inviting me to work with them.

    As an early career physician, I pursued this opportunity to broaden my exposure to the use of lasers.  I was able to observe Dr. Kelly use many different devices for different indications including for vascular birthmarks, iatrogenic hyperpigmentation, lentigines, tattoo removal and scars.  Dr. Kelly is very thoughtful with each individual problem and patient; she clearly explained the rationale and approach behind each decision.  Dr. Kelly was extremely welcoming and made herself available to answer all my questions.  She went out of her way to make sure I had a good experience.  I found the preceptorship especially beneficial to learn some of the softer skills that go into successful laser practice, such as patient counseling and pre- and post-treatment care, which you can’t necessarily learn from a textbook.

    Dr. Kelly is nationally and internationally known for her expertise in laser medicine and a thought-leader in the field.  I was able to see her imaging lab and learn more about the research she is doing in the field of vascular birthmarks.  I am fortunate to have had this opportunity with Dr. Kelly and I would like to thank her, the ASLMS, the Allergan Foundation, and Merz Aesthetics for a great experience.  I am inspired to bring what I have learned into my own practice and I would like to thank my division chief, Dr. Price, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital for supporting me in this endeavor.

  • Stephanie Le, MD

    Stephanie Le, MD shares her preceptorship experience with Tina S. Alster, MD

    preceptee-stephanie-leThe ASLMS Preceptorship Program provided me the invaluable opportunity to spend a week with Dr. Tina Alster at her practice, the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. Dr. Alster and her office welcomed me with open arms and seamlessly integrated me into their day. Dr. Alster’s practice offers a wide variety of devices, such as Fraxel Dual, PDL, CO2, and other body contouring devices, and procedures, including neurotoxins, fillers, microneedling, and peels. 

    Dr. Alster is a gem. As a clinician, she is astute, clear, and empathetic with her patients. She has excellent rapport and tailors each patient’s aesthetic journey individually. As an educator, she is exceptional. She dedicated time to discuss fundamentals, her thought process, and practical and applicable outcomes with me in each patient encounter. She dedicated time every day to review topics and answering my questions. I appreciated her insight and personal experiences in regard to clinic management, research, and patient care. Additionally, she supplemented my learning with relevant studies and research. She truly prioritized my goals as a trainee, emphasized any education, and discussed individualized topics relevant to my career goals. Dr. Alster is a superb mentor, and I am extremely grateful to ASLMS, Allergan, and MERZ for connecting me with her. Thank you for this opportunity and I hope to pay it forward!

  • Louise McDonald, MB, BCh, BAO

    Louise McDonald, MB, BCh, BAO shares her preceptorship experience with Anne M. Chapas, MD

    preceptee-louise-mcdonald-lrMy ASLMS Preceptorship experience with Dr. Anne Chapas at UnionDerm in New York City was a unique and enriching experience. Having undertaken my Dermatology residency training in the United Kingdom, the opportunity to be immersed in such a prestigious clinic in the USA and observe laser and cosmetic treatments by both a leader and pioneer in her field will forever remain a highlight in my training.

    My Preceptorship was hosted across two settings in Manhattan in Union Square and Central Park. Initially awed by the contextual beauty, seamless flow and calm serenity of the clinic interiors, I soon realized this perfect architectural aesthetic was a fitting match for the clinical aesthetic genius and professionalism of Dr. Chapas and her team. I was greeted with a warm welcome and made to feel at home from day one. My planned schedule afforded time to participate in both new and review patient consults and learn about consenting, risk assessment and treatment planning before being immersed in the procedural elements of practice. I am incredibly grateful to the clients at UnionDerm who were so kind and gracious in allowing me observe and learn. Witnessing the trust and rapport within these consultations, it became obvious that the ethos permeating UnionDerm is one of patient-centred, holistic and compassionate care and I hope to emulate this approach in my own career.

    I was delighted and very excited to shadow Dr. Anne Chapas, Dr. Robyn Gymrek, Dr. Jennifer MacGregor and their current ASDS Cosmetic Fellow, Dr. Lauren Hoffman, during my preceptorship. I am so appreciative of the time they each took out of busy schedules to impart pearls of wisdom and the nuances necessary for a comprehensive aesthetic evaluation. Each of the doctors also ensured that any other presenting dermatological issues such as lesions or dermatoses were fully addressed, serving as a reminder that a firm grounding in medical and surgical dermatology is vital for safe aesthetic practice.

    The clinic hosts an enviable array of laser and energy-based device options and I was afforded the opportunity to see numerous procedures, interspersed with supplementary tutorials on theory and technical tips. Highlights were the vascular and pigmented lesion laser treatments, ablative and non-ablative techniques, acne lesion and scar management with laser, Ultherapy, micro-sclerotherapy, IPL and submental contouring amongst others. Observing multiple filler and neuro-modulatory treatments administered with such expertise and subsequent patient satisfaction felt like a masterclass in facial aesthetics. I am grateful to the Dermatology residents of Mount Sinai who graciously welcomed me at their practical teaching session on filler and neuromodulators under the tutelage of Dr Chapas. It was wonderful to see collaborative and shared learning amongst fellow residents and demonstrated another example of Dr. Chapas’ natural gift for teaching and mentorship. During my Preceptorship, I also had the chance to spend time with the UnionDerm research team, learning about current clinical trials, protocol development and future studies planned. Embedded in the UnionDerm philosophy is “The art and science of skin” and it was genuinely inspiring to witness first-hand the art of aesthetic dermatology firmly embedded in a practice team wholly committed to the pursuit of evidence-based medicine. I am truly grateful to Dr. Chapas and her team as well the ASLMS for facilitating this unrivalled learning experience and I hope I will be able to implement the knowledge and pearls I have gained in my own future practice.

  • Chelsea Kesty, MD

    Chelsea Kesty, MD shares her preceptorship experience with Mark Taylor, MD

    I was firschelsa-kesty-preceptorshipt exposed to cosmetic dermatology during residency after I encountered an article demonstrating the utility of fractionated lasers. While my program had strong surgical and general dermatology exposure, it had limited cosmetic clinics. I anxiously awaited each cosmetic clinic with a yearning to uncover more of this seemingly mysterious realm within dermatology. With each exposure, my curiosity for cosmetic dermatology evolved into a passion.

    The ASLMS preceptorship has allowed me the opportunity to discover the forefront of cosmetic medicine. Dr. Mark Taylor and his office represent a collision of technology and creativity. I saw Dr. Taylor perform several procedures, but my favorite was the acne scarring procedure. The patients were emotional about their evident scarring and having seen them in follow up with their results was quite rewarding. Laser technology is evidently a drive and a devotion for Dr. Taylor. He brings an energy and open teaching atmosphere to his cosmetic clinic and toward the advancement of laser technology.

    I learned from Dr. Taylor and his team the importance of working synergistically with patients and addressing their cosmetic concerns. His office staff were warm, welcoming and educational. Each part of the visit I had the chance to observe and ask questions. As I strive to master all elements of laser and cosmetic surgery, I could not recommend enough learning from Dr. Taylor. I will surely help a number of patients and further my practice in the field of cosmetics in lasers due to my experience with Dr. Mark Taylor.

  • Lily Park, DO

    Lily Park, DO, shares her experience with Mitchel Goldman, MD

    I had the privilege of spending a week at Dr. Goldman’s office, where I was able to observe and learn from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable cosmetic dermatologists.

    It was an honor to learn from Dr. Goldman, who is internationally renowned for his contribution to the field of cosmetic dermatology. Despite his impressive credentials, Dr. Goldman remained humble and approachable, taking the time to explain his evidence-based methodology to me while building a positive rapport with his patients. 

    In addition to shadowing Dr. Goldman, I was also able to learn from several other esteemed clinician-scientists, including Dr. Wu, Dr. Boen, Dr. Loyal, and Dr. Butterwick. Each of these dermatologists had their own approaches to patient care and treatment, and I was struck by the exquisite artistry and knowledge they brought to their work.  Their fellows, Dr. Zubair and Dr. Ishii, also inspired me with the knowledge, dedication, and drive to achieve the best patient care. Dr. Zubair took the time to give me a tour of the facility and to answer all my questions about the different lasers used in the practice, patiently explaining the science behind each one.

    My time at Dr. Goldman’s allowed me to witness the depth and breadth of cosmetic dermatology. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Goldman, Dr. Wu, Dr. Boen, Dr. Loyal, and Dr. Butterwick and their team members.  I also appreciate ASLMS and the supporting industry partners for allowing me to gain this invaluable experience. The lessons that I learned during my time at the clinic will stay with me throughout my career and will help me to become a better dermatologist for my patients. 

  • Harry Liu, MD

    Harry Liu, MD shares his experience with Tina Alster, MD, FAAD


    As part of the ASLMS Preceptorship Program, I had the privilege and honor of learning from Dr. Tina Alster, one of the pioneers and world experts of laser surgery in dermatology. Her kindness, work ethic, enthusiasm, and professionalism were unparalleled. At the end of two weeks, I am confident to say that she is an incredible teacher, amazing clinician, and one of the most empowering mentors I have ever met in my medical training thus far.

    There was never a dull moment when I was with her at the clinic. Along with all the nursing staff who welcomed me with open arms, Dr. Alster created an incredibly friendly learning environment. For every procedure, she explained each step and concisely pointed out all the relevant clinical pearls at the same time. Over two weeks, I was exposed to various laser procedures including laser settings (i.e., Fraxel Dual, Fraxel Clear and Brilliant, pulsed dye laser, CO2, PicoWay, Alexandrite, and Nd:YAG), energy-based devices (i.e., EMSculpt, CoolSculpting, Ultherapy, and photodynamic therapy), and injectables (i.e., neurotoxins, fillers, and platelet rich plasma). Notably, I developed a deeper understanding of the mechanism and various clinical applications of microneedling. She also shared valuable learning resources with me to reinforce different key concepts.

    As a clinician, she is extremely hardworking and never shied away from challenging cases to provide optimal care for all her patients. I could not be more appreciative of the opportunity to see the innovative application of laser by Dr. Alster for various complex medical conditions, including cutaneous mastocytosis, severe lichen planus pigmentosus, and extensive epidermal nevi covering over 30% of total body surface area. I also learned tremendously from her phenomenal communication skills to make patients at ease and engaged throughout the whole treatment process. There were patients from all over the world to visit her for her expertise. She brought kindness to every patient encounter and made it seem effortless; she has mastered the art of medicine.

    Lastly, she is an empowering mentor who is also down-to-earth. She not only took the time to get to know me, including my cultural background, past academic experience, and my future career plan, but also shared incredible stories throughout her own professional career. I am thrilled to say that I have met an amazing role model and mentor from this valuable experience. More importantly, she inspired me to pay it forward to others in the future. Thank you very much, Dr. Alster and ASLMS for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

  • Nicole Salame, MD

    Nicole Salame, MD shares her experience with Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.


    My preceptorship at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology was one of the most memorable and educational experiences of my residency training. I had the incredible opportunity to work with Drs. Goldman, Butterwick, Groff, Boen, and fellows Drs. Ishii and Zubair, observing their exceptional artistry of combination device and injectable modalities. With Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s access to nearly every laser and energy-based technology, I was able to observe and gain fundamental knowledge in complex laser surgery, such as intense pulsed light, vascular lasers, quality switched devices, and ablative and fractional resurfacing treatments. I also had the unique experience of observing treatments with radiofrequency devices in combination with submental tumescent liposuction. I learned the importance of talk-esthesia and the art of patient assessment, treatment modality selection, device technique, aftercare counseling, and follow up assessments. I learned the intricacies of patient counseling, expectations management, and interdisciplinary care between general dermatologists, Mohs surgeons, and plastic surgeons. I was intrigued by the practice’s numerous research projects and clinical trials investigating the latest devices and cosmetic innovations.

    In conclusion, my time at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology with Dr. Goldman and colleagues exceeded my expectations. Not only did I learn the steps of successful treatment with impressive outcomes, but also the tenets of leadership, patient satisfaction, communication, and teamwork in a successful and thriving practice. I am confident that the knowledge I gained from this experience will be invaluable to my future career. I am thankful to the dermatologists, nurses, medical assistants, and staff at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology for their generosity and eagerness to teach.

  • Shawn Shih, MD

    Shawn Shih, MD shares his experience with Anne M. Chapas, MD


    My ASLMS preceptorship at UnionDerm was one of the best learning experiences I have had in my dermatology residency. 

    Several months before starting my preceptorship at UnionDerm, I had the pleasure of initiating a research project with Dr. Chapas and her fellow Dr. Hoffman focusing on cosmetic procedures in pediatric patients. We would meet regularly to discuss the general theme and outline of the project, which was a great opportunity for me to be involved in potentially impactful research with an expert on a topic that I am passionate about. During the rotation, I was very fortunate to have been able to learn from several expert dermatologists in the practice in a short one-week time. On the first day of the preceptorship, I was blown away by Dr. Gmyrek’s passion for teaching. She would pull up her PowerPoint slides on various topics, from radiofrequency microneedling to laser resurfacing, and go over each of the slide with me in between patients. Dr. Chwalek was also incredibly friendly; she sat down with me under several occasions to discuss different treatment modalities for different clinical indications. Dr. Chapas was very welcoming and made me feel at home; we reviewed several patient cases together in depth and also explored different career options as I prepare for my post-residency plans. Dr. MacGregor and Dr. Chang were both also incredibly welcoming and approachable and never hesitated to answer any question I had about the cases we saw or other topics I wanted to explore, such as nose fillers and fractional picosecond laser. In addition to learning all the invaluable clinical pearls, I was also able to observe the unique patient-provider interactions where the providers were viewed by the patients not only as the treating physician but also a trusted friend. This preceptorship taught me so much more than I expected, including new technology such as the Aviclear, unique techniques with injectables, patient interaction skills needed to build a positive therapeutic relationship, as well as career paths in dermatology. I would highly recommend this fantastic opportunity to anyone who would like to learn from an incredibly smart and passionate group of expert dermatologists and take a deep dive into cosmetic dermatology, an integral part of the field of dermatology. 

  • Ian Tin Yue Wong, BSc, MD

    Ian Tin Yue Wong, BSc, MD shares his experience with Eric F. Bernstein, MD, MSE

    Ian Tin Yue Wong, BSc, MD Preceptorship

    To me, travelling from my hometown of Vancouver, Canada to Dr. Eric Bernstein’s clinic at the Main Line Center for Laser Surgery in Ardmore, Pennsylvania is akin to visiting the mecca of laser dermatologic surgery. From day one, Dr. Bernstein’s passion for lasers was not only palpable, but also, it was contagious. Observing each laser case and seeing the “magic” that each different laser could perform was exciting. The art behind laser surgery is undeniable.

    The science behind lasers can be complex and intimidating for both learners and even patients. Dr. Bernstein broke down complex concepts into simple, logical analogies. This facilitated my improved understanding of lasers. Furthermore, Dr. Bernstein’s compassionate approach to patient care always allowed his patients to be at ease under his care. Ultimately, I strive to be the caring and down-to-earth physician that Dr. Bernstein modeled for me. 

    Reflecting on my ASLMS preceptorship experience, I feel extremely fortunate to learn from a laser pioneer like Dr. Bernstein and witness the latest and greatest that laser technology can offer. I was able to observe the use of a world first ablative laser, the newest vascular lasers, pigment/tattoo lasers and hair removal lasers. Seeing the most advanced laser technology available and gaining an understanding of what each laser is capable of performing is an invaluable learning experience. 

    Lasers are powerful. Dr. Bernstein emphasized that safety is of the utmost priority. Dr. Bernstein always made sure to highlight the importance of having an active awareness of eye protection and the importance of balancing a patient’s treatment goals with the safety limits of laser therapy. I will always remember his teaching that “no one can ever hand you the wrong glasses”, as it is your duty to check your eye protection. 

    My ASLMS preceptorship exceeded my expectations. I would like to sincerely thank Dr. Bernstein, his cosmetic dermatology fellow Dr. Alajmi, the Main Line Center for Laser Surgery team and the ASLMS for providing me with this unique and transformational experience. Undoubtedly this experience has continued to cultivate my interest in laser surgery and my desire to integrate it into my future dermatology practice to serve my patients. 

  • Shreya Deoghare, MBBS

    Shreya Deoghare, MBBS shares her experience with Mitchel P. Goldman, MD

    Shreya Deoghare, MBBS with Mitchel P. Goldman, MD

    I am thankful for the preceptorship program offered by the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery that gave me the opportunity to undergo a two-week long preceptorship with Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, California.

    I recently completed a dermatology residency in India, with limited access to energy-based devices. However, these two weeks were packed with opportunities that gave me a first-hand learning experience about cosmetic dermatology involving lasers, injectables and procedures, about which I had read only in books. Since I have a strong interest in research, I was fascinated to learn about the concepts behind current research projects for development of new standards of treatment.

    I feel truly honored that Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman accepted me as a preceptee. Dr. Goldman has invented and helped in the development of several lasers like Intense Pulse Light (IPL), Q-switch alexandrite, Ultra Pulse CO2, laser resurfacing procedures, liposculpture, and vein therapy. It was an incredible opportunity to learn the ideas that drove him to build and advance these technologies. Additionally, I learned about the various energy-based devices, including descriptions, indications, and justifications for why one device is recommended over another as well as his strategies and methods for employing lasers to treat various skin diseases. It was fascinating to watch him combine several lasers and techniques to produce the best results possible in a single session.

    It was wonderful to see how he interacted with patients - educating them about their skin condition, suggesting treatments, pre-procedural care, and ensuring they felt at ease during painful procedures, and post-operation care, especially following such sophisticated laser and surgical procedures. It truly helped me gain insight into the highest level of patient care.

    Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, was truly “The World of Lasers and Injectables in Cosmetic-Dermatology”, wherein I had the chance to learn about numerous energy-based devices such as intense pulse light laser (IPL), pulse dye laser (PDL), picosecond lasers like PicoWay and PicoSure, the advanced Fraxel Repair, Fraxel Restore and Fraxel Dual, and also V-beam Prima, Alexandrite, Ruby, Ultrapulse Carbon Dioxide Laser, Accolade, Acupulse, ResurFX, CynoSure- microneedling radiofrequeny as well as procedures such as Ultratherapy, Sclerotherapy, Cool Touch Endovenous Laser Ablation (CTEV), Laser resurfacing of scars, Thread Lift, Sculptra injections for facial rejuvenation, microliposuction. Additionally, I learned about neurotoxins and their use in various dermatoses as well as several filler types for the rejuvenation of the hands, face, and lips.

    I also had the opportunity to learn a number of treatments from Dr. Sabrina Fabi, particularly how to tighten the skin using microfocused ultrasound or Ultra-therapy, as well as use of fillers and neuromodulators to provide natural-looking results. With Dr. Monica Boen, I gained knowledge of treatments such as pulse dye laser (PDL), Erbium:YAG, micro needling radiofrequency (MNRF), diode laser, micro-liposuction, etc. Discussing the most recent developments and forthcoming treatment methods in dermatology with her was a lot of fun. Moreover, I also had a chance to learn from Dr. Kimberly Butterwick, Dr. William Groff, Dr. Kunal Angra and the fellows Dr. Jameson Loyal and Dr. Nina Hartman.

    My interaction with the medical assistants, nurses, surgical technicians, research coordinators and staff, and the aesthetician and photography staff at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology was very fruitful. It helped me understand how well-organized set-ups can achieve excellent patient care and follow-up.

    Dr. Goldman and his incredible team at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology inspire us to not only excel in patient care but also think out of the box to drive ideas and innovations to advance research for development of newer treatment modalities for better patient care. I am truly grateful to have a mentor like him. I'm excited to utilize the knowledge I acquired from this experience in my future work.

  • Ritu Swali, MD

    Ritu Swali, MD shares her experience with Paul M. Friedman, MD

    Ritu Swali

    The American Society for Laser Medical and Surgery Preceptorship Program awarded me the opportunity to do an elective rotation with Dr. Paul Friedman, a fellowship-trained cosmetic dermatology and laser surgeon, with the aim to further develop my career niche in laser and procedural dermatology. He has a robust practice consisting of numerous diverse cosmetic and procedural patients in Houston, TX. My goal of the mentorship was twofold, to further develop my skills as a procedural dermatologist and to prepare for an ASDS-accredited fellowship post-residency, so that I may better serve the needs of these diverse populations.

    During my time at his practice, I was able to work one-on-one with Dr. Friedman and his cosmetic dermatology fellow Dr. Emily Guo. I was actively seeing patients of all ages, skin types, and walks of life throughout the day. I gained experience in the “art of consultation,” and observed how to address patient concerns in an individualized approach, being mindful of patient desires, skin types, and costs of care. Moreover, I gleaned the importance of appropriately picking patients who are patient and willing to undergo multiple treatments to optimize outcomes without complications, especially in regards to energy-based devices. Because of Dr. Friedman’s notable contributions to this field and as current president of ASLMS, he is on the cutting-edge of new technology and research. This afforded me the opportunity to observe numerous energy-based devices that are otherwise not available, or not yet available, in most dermatology practices. His patients are truly fortunate to have the crème-de-la-crème of dermatologic procedures available to them. Alongside the clinical experiences during this rotation, I read Dr. Friedman’s textbook “Laser and Light Source Treatments for the Skin” to gain a better understanding of the science behind these energy-based devices. This allowed me to identify and discuss gaps in my knowledge with Dr. Friedman and Dr. Guo.

    This preceptorship experience has enhanced my understanding of laser medicine and surgery greatly, and further reassured me to continue my career path with a fellowship in cosmetic dermatology. However, the most rewarding part of this experience was gaining lifelong mentors and colleagues.

  • Jason Stevens, MD

    Jason Stevens, MD shares his experience with Mitchel P. Goldman, MD

    Dr. Mitchel Goldman and Dr. Jason Stevens

    I am very thankful to the ASLMS for providing the opportunity to spend a week at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego with Dr. Mitchel Goldman, his colleagues (Drs. Wu, Groff, Butterwick, Boen, Angra), and fellows (Drs. Ishii and Zubair).

    Dr. Goldman is a laser surgery and vein expert who invented many of the technologies and devices used in laser and cosmetic dermatology. While seeing patients and performing procedures, Dr. Goldman always verbalized teaching points and pearls to enhance my learning experience. I was fortunate to see some of his pro bono cases for patients including revision of scars from intravenous drug use and laser treatment of a facial café au lait macules. The level of care and attention to detail Dr. Goldman and his colleagues provide to their patients is exceptional.

    This preceptorship was an incredible learning experience where I gained exposure to many laser and energy-based devices and procedures that are not offered at my institution. I was able to observe neuromodulator and dermal filler injections, sclerotherapy, liposuction with fat transfer, radiofrequency microneedling, thread lifts and multiple laser procedures (ablative and nonablative laser resurfacing, tattoo removal, scar revision, and facial rejuvenation to name a few).

    I’m very grateful to Allergan, Merz, ASLMS and Dr. Goldman for this opportunity and recommend this preceptorship to any resident interested in learning more about cosmetic dermatology.

  • Amanda Campbell, MD

    Amanda Campbell, MD shares her experience with Elizabeth L. Tanzi, MD, FAAD

    Amanda Campbell, MD & Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, FAADMy time with Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi provided an invaluable opportunity to experience the daily life of one of our field’s leading cosmetic dermatologists. I learned about cutting edge therapeutics, injection techniques for neurotoxins and fillers, and various devices including numerous types of lasers (fractional non-ablative and fractional ablative lasers) and radiofrequency microneedling. Dr. Tanzi also took the time to provide valuable life, career, and business advice which I will carry with me throughout my career. I can't express in words how grateful I am to have had such a meaningful experience with Dr. Tanzi, and wish I was able to spend more time with her. I highly recommend this experience to any dermatology residents interested in cosmetic dermatology!

  • Bernice Yan, MD

    Bernice Yan, MD shares her experience with Tina S. Alster, MD

    Tina S. Alster, MD with Bernice Yan, MDAs part of the ASLMS Preceptorship program, I had the privilege of working with Dr. Tina Alster at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington D.C. Dr. Alster is a woman who needs no introduction; she is a pioneer and internationally-renowned expert in the field of lasers and energy-based devices. She is also a woman who goes by many names to her patients: Dr. All Star, Michelangelo, “T”, and my personal favorite, laser queen.

    My week-long rotation with Dr. Alster was truly a pivotal experience in my residency training; it offered me a rare glimpse into the world of cosmetic dermatology in a flourishing private practice. From fractional laser resurfacing to cryolipolysis, Dr. Alster’s practice contains an impressive armamentarium of injectables, lasers, and energy-based devices at its disposal, ready to address any and all concerns that her patients may have. A few highlights from the week for me included observing the use of a picosecond laser for tattoo removal, chemical peels to treat dyspigmentation of burn scars, and platelet rich plasma for dark under-eye circles. I also had the invaluable opportunity to learn her algorithmic and combination treatment approaches to different cosmetic concerns, including pulsed dye laser and intralesional injections for hypertrophic and keloid scars, microneedling and fractional laser resurfacing for perioral rhytids, and Nd:YAG laser for facial telangiectasias.

    Throughout the week, Dr. Alster maximized my learning opportunities whenever she had the chance. She would ensure that I knew when other members of the practice were performing less common procedures so that I could observe the use of these devices that I previously did not have any exposure to, such as CoolSculpting and Ultherapy. A testament to her nature as an educator and mentor, Dr. Alster routinely highlighted clinical treatment pearls during patient encounters and despite the busy pace of her practice, always made herself available to answer questions. One of the most fascinating and inspirational parts of my preceptorship was also witnessing the application of Dr. Alster’s own published clinical trial findings in the treatment of her patients. For example, every patient who receives fractional laser skin treatment at her practice receives light-emitting diode (LED) photomodulation subsequently, given Dr. Alster’s previously published findings that LED treatment decreases the intensity and duration of postfractional erythema. It was truly inspiring to see how Dr. Alster’s research and contributions to the field directly impact patient care.

    Above all, the most impressive and inspiring part of my experience was witnessing the relationship between Dr. Alster and her patients. Dr. Alster’s empathetic nature and genuine compassion for her patients shined brightly throughout every encounter, and it was not a surprise to learn that many of her longtime patients consider her as not only their go-to cosmetic dermatologist, but also as their friend. As an internationally-renowned cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Alster manages to remain approachable and warmly welcomes patients and mentees alike
    into her practice. Apart from providing an unparalleled educational experience, Dr. Alster also invariably provides mentorship and inspiration to all those in her presence. From my week with Dr. Alster, I left Washington D.C. more knowledgeable, more cultured, and a whole lot more inspired.

    Many thanks to Dr. Alster, the ASLMS Preceptorship program, and its sponsors for this invaluable and memorable experience.

  • Aderonke Obayomi, MD, MPH

    Aderonke Obayomi, MD, MPH shares her experience with Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH

    Aderonke Obayomi with Andrew Alexis

    As part of the ASLMS Preceptorship Program, I had the opportunity to spend three weeks with Dr. Andrew Alexis at Weill Cornell in New York City. I pursued this opportunity to broaden my exposure to laser surgery especially in skin of color patients. This was an invaluable experience as Dr. Alexis is a true pioneer in the field. I actually met Dr. Alexis, four years ago as a medical student who was eager to learn anything I could about Dermatology. Through the ASLMS preceptorship program, I chose to work with Dr. Alexis again, but now armed with a much deeper knowledge of medical and cosmetic Dermatology. Through his work he has shown the safety and efficacy of lasers in skin of color patients. All his patients love him for his thoroughness, kindness, and expertise. Dr. Alexis is an incredible mentor to me both professionally and personally. He has a wealth of knowledge to share, and he taught me many of the nuances to be aware of when dealing with energy devices. Additionally, his clinical team was excellent and very welcoming, making me feel like I was a part of the team right away. I highly recommend this rotation to any dermatology resident interested in learning more about cosmetic dermatology and how to provide exceptional patient-centered, evidence-based care. I hope to emulate his same character and bring his pearls of wisdom to my future patients! I am so grateful of the ASLMS program, The Allergen Foundation, Merz Aesthetics, and Dr. Alexis for a truly fun and unforgettable learning experience!

  • Melissa A. Levoska, MD

    Melissa A. Levoska, MD shares her experience with Jeffrey S. Dover, MD, FRCPC

    Melissa A. Levoska, MD with Jeffrey S. Dover, MD, FRCPC

    I had the pleasure of spending the week, learning from Drs. Jeffrey Dover, Michael Kaminer, Karen Kim, Thomas Rohrer, and Brooke Sikora at SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill. Dr. Dover helped create a schedule for me that was focused on lasers and cosmetics with some Mohs and surgical exposure. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by the practice’s welcoming office staff who graciously gave me a tour and introduced me to the physicians. I then spent the morning with Dr. Dover, where I saw a wide variety of procedures including neuromodulator injections for axillary hyperhidrosis and rhytides, periorbital skin tightening and various laser treatments. Not only did I get a crash course in cosmetic dermatology, but he provided valuable clinical pearls from years of experience and taught me how to set patient expectations. Dr. Dover and his colleagues treat their patients like family with many patients returning for decades. I was struck by his ability to create a calming atmosphere during clinic visits that set patients at ease.

    After lunch, I spent time with Dr. Rohrer, a gifted Mohs surgeon, who described his lidocaine injection techniques, tray set-up, and reasoning for choosing different closures. Many of his tips for excisions and suture material will be helpful for my clinical practice. The following day, Dr. Kaminer taught me various neuromodulator injection techniques. I was impressed by his precision and eye for detail. I then had the opportunity to learn from the wonderful and fashionable Dr. Sikora who showed me her tricks for tear trough and lip filler injections. As a bonus, she inspired me to strive to wear stilettos all day in clinic! The next day, I had the joy of working with Dr. Kim, observing fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, laser tattoo removal and intense pulsed light treatments. She provided clear explanations for her clinical reasoning and taught me the importance of discussing risks and side effects of procedures prior to treatment.

    Dr. Dover, the other physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and office staff at SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill created a positive space for me to ask questions and learn cosmetic dermatology. I am confident I will use the skills I learned daily in my clinical practice. More importantly, I now have a better understanding of my abilities as well as my limitations with regards to cosmetic procedures. The preceptorship also allowed me to learn more about working in a private practice setting, which I have not had as much exposure to during my residency training. I would like to thank Dr. Dover and SkinCare Physicians for providing a transformative learning experience that will undoubtedly improve the way I care for my future patients.

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