Alumnus gift supports dermatology fellow training in skin cancer surgery
Dermatology fellows at Penn State College of Medicine are using a new camera system for microscopes to learn to care for skin cancer patients, thanks to the support of a College of Medicine alumnus.
Dr. Algin Garrett, a renowned Mohs surgeon and dermatologist, made a gift to the College of Medicine and Department of Dermatology to enrich the learning environment for post-residency fellows in Mohs surgery, a procedure used to treat skin cancers.
“We are grateful to Dr. Garrett for his commitment to supporting the education of our fellows,” said Dr. Jeffrey Miller, professor and Department of Dermatology chair. “This new tool will enhance the learning experiences of dermatology trainees so they can provide the highest-quality care to skin cancer patients.”
Garrett’s gift funded the purchase of a new camera system for microscopes in the Mohs lab.
The Olympus SC 180 Digital Camera with cellSens imaging software allows multiple learners and histotechnologists to view the same microscopic images that a Mohs surgeon views during procedures.
Dr. Todd Cartee, director of the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship, said the device also permits real-time consultation with the dermatopathology team through virtual communication platforms like Zoom.
“The new Olympus system improves communication between Mohs surgeons and histotechnologists,” said Cartee. “It is our hope that Dr. Garrett’s gift will give our trainees superior learning experiences and optimize the care of patients.”
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