The Yale Dermatology residency program is committed to providing diversity and inclusion education and training for all residents. Residents are primarily based in New Haven, Connecticut, a bustling urban center that is home to an ethnically and racially diverse population. Residents receive training in treating dermatologic conditions affecting patients with skin of color.
Many aspects of residency training address the critical issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as healthcare disparities that can disproportionately affect certain minority populations:
- Faculty Clinics: The Yale Department of Dermatology clinical faculty have specialized training and clinical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of dermatologic conditions in patients with skin of color. There are many specialty clinics including rheumatology-dermatology, alopecia, and oncodermatology. Residents rotate and work with attendings in the diagnosis and cutting-edge treatments in diseases affecting patients with skin of color.
- Resident Dermatology Longitudinal Clinics: Hill Health Center Dermatology Clinic, YNHH Primary Care Pediatric Dermatology Clinic, SRC Primary Care Adult Dermatology. Residents act as primary dermatologists, with Yale Dermatology attending supervision and teaching, for the care of patients in these longitudinal clinic settings that serve many underrepresented and economically disadvantaged patients.
HAVEN Free Clinic: Residents have the opportunity to focus on healthcare disparities and provide care to a predominantly underrepresented and economically disadvantaged population, and to work with volunteer attendings, medical students, and care staff from across the medical center. The HAVEN Free Clinic is a student-run primary care clinic that partners with Yale University to provide the New Haven community with access to comprehensive, high-quality health care, free of charge.
Remote Site Electives: Residents are offered three months of elective rotations. Available via application to an AAD Resident International Grant are elective rotations to international sites such as Botswana, Malawi, and to the Native American Health Service Resident Rotation Program. Yale Dermatology Advisor: Caroline Nelson, MD. Residents also have the opportunity to gain training in skin-of-color faculty clinics at Howard University Department of Dermatology through a interdepartmental collaboration fostering enhanced medical education and mentorship.
- Curriculum for Advancing Racial Equity (CARE): Residents participate in this curriculum sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, which is designed to equip physicians with the tools and knowledge to address the impact of racism in medicine.