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Residency Program

The Dermatology Residency Program of the Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital provides a comprehensive training experience in the clinical practice of dermatology, ample opportunities for mentored clinical and research projects, and a special training track in investigative dermatology funded by the NIH. Our program is designed for the physician who aspires to a career in academic dermatology – as a clinician educator, clinical scholar, or physician-scientist – and emphasizes those elements of the discipline relevant to this career goal.

The Yale Dermatology Residency Program attracts a richly diverse group of bright, talented applicants. Dermatology residents are immersed in a comprehensive curriculum featuring consultative inpatient and outpatient dermatology, dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology, dermatology electives, and opportunities to participate in dermatologic research at the highest level. Residents attend and often present at didactic conferences, and at national and international meetings.


The Residency Training Program of the Department of Dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine is an ACGME-accredited 3-year program. There is also a combined 2+2 Clinical Training and Research Track. To enter the program, candidates must have passed USMLE Step 2-CS (Clinical Skills), Step 2-CK (Clinical Knowledge) and Step 3 and completed 1 year of graduate medical training (PGY-1). Each year, over 500 applications are submitted to the Yale Dermatology Residency Program; and about 40-45 candidates are invited to interview. Interviews are by invitation only and generally occur in November, December, or January (see below for updated interview dates). There are 4 to 5 positions to be filled annually. Preliminary positions are not available. All applications must be submitted electronically through The Electronic Residency Application Service [ERAS]. All positions are filled through the National Residency Match Program [NRMP]. Please contact the Dean's Office at your medical school regarding the registration process for both ERAS and NRMP.


All applications are through The Electronic Residency Application Service ERAS, and all positions are filled through the National Residency Match Program.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is October 1st.

The following information must be submitted with your ERAS application:

  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical student performance evaluation (MSPE)
  • USMLE certified transcript of scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • CV and personal statement

US medical school graduates, including those who have previously completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign medical school graduates must have completed one year of post-graduate medical training in the United States in an ACGME-accredited program and must possess a US Permanent Resident Card or J-1 Visa to be eligible to apply. To view detailed information regarding the Yale Dermatology Residency Training Program, please go to the FREIDA Online/AMA web site to create your free user account.

Interview Dates & Schedule

The following are the 3 interview dates for the upcoming application cycle:

Interview Date 1: Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Interview Date 2: Wed, Dec 2, 2020

Interview Date 3: Wed, Jan 13, 2021

In addition, for all invited applicants there will be a virtual Program Overview presented by the Yale Dermatology faculty the Tue evening prior (6 pm ET), followed by a Resident Social Hour (7 pm ET). Interview day on Wed (~10am-5pm ET) will consist of virtual interviews with the faculty, and resident programs including “Tour of Yale Dermatology & New Haven” and “Life as a Yale Dermatology Resident.”

For applicants to the Yale Dermatology Physician-Scientist (2+2) Track, interview invited applicants will also be given the opportunity to present their research and meet additional potential scientific mentors (specific schedules for such to be determined.)

Statement of Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The Yale Department of Dermatology and Yale University is committed to equal opportunity under law in the residency training program and faculty opportunities, and a full awareness of issues in diversity, inclusion, and equality. Yale University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities, and seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual's gender, sexual orientation, race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, disability, or handicap.


Questions regarding the application process may be directed to:

Ms. Lisa Rao
Dermatology Residency Program
Department of Dermatology
Yale School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 208059
New Haven, CT 06520-8059
Phone: 203-785-4092