Dermatology Residency Training Program
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The Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program offers a three-year program that leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Dermatology. Candidates for certification are required to have a total of four years of postgraduate training which would include one year post-graduate training in one of the following broad-based programs in the United States accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or a similar program in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: a transitional year (formerly called flexible first postgraduate year), or a first-year residency in internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or emergency medicine.
Residents gain a vast perspective on skin disorders and treatments in both adults and children through clinical rotations at several HMS-affiliated hospitals. The principal institutions comprising the Training Program include:
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Children's Hospital Medical Center
- The Lahey Clinic
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury Veteran's HealthCare System
Residents rotate through these affiliated hospitals, spending time in their ambulatory clinics as well as in specialty clinics.
Basic dermatologic training is obtained in the ambulatory care units, where the residents see more than 50,000 patients per year. Staff attendings supervise residents in their clinical activities. Specialty clinics are organized to deal with specific dermatologic problems:
- Pigmented lesions
- Pediatric dermatoses
- Immunologic diseases
- Laser medicine
Additionally, residents and staff attendings provide care to in-patients with dermatological disorders who are hospitalized at each institution.
Program faculty has always taken a special interest in developing academic dermatologists and, in particular, in encouraging trainees to undertake careers which include clinical or laboratory research. The department is the recipient of an NIH Training Grant which provides supplemental funding to support the research activities of residents who wish to pursue clinical or laboratory research following their clinical training. The research experience may take place in dermatology under the mentorship of a faculty preceptor or may include time spent in other clinical and basic science departments at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, or affiliated institutions.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying to the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program, all positions are Matched through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), and applications are electronic through ERAS.
For more information, please contact the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). You will need to contact your medical school Dean's Office to access the MyERAS web-based application. We require at least three (3) letters of recommendation, a Dean's letter, transcript, USMLE Board Scores, CV and Personal Statement.
Please visit the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program for more information. Your completed application will be thoroughly reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Interviews are by invitation only.
To request more information call 617-726-5254 or fax 617-726-1875.