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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 National Institutes of Health (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.

Our program attracts a richly diverse group of bright, talented applicants. Dermatology residents are immersed in a comprehensive curriculum featuring consultative inpatient and outpatient adult and pediatric dermatology, specialty clinics, dermatologic surgery, laser and aesthetics, dermatopathology, formalized mentorship, 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.

Residency Leadership


The Residency Training Program is an ACGME-accredited, three-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 one year of graduate medical training (PGY-1). Each year, more than 700 applications are submitted to the Program, and about 60 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 six positions to be filled annually. Preliminary positions are not available.

All applications must be submitted electronically through The Electronic Residency Application Service ERAS, and 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.

Application Deadline

The Yale Dermatology Residency Training Program 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
  • Three to four letters of recommendation
  • CV and personal statement

U.S. 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 U.S. Permanent Resident Card or J-1 Visa to be eligible to apply. To view detailed information regarding the Yale Dermatology Residency Training Program, please visit the AMA/FREIDA website to create your free user account.

Virtual Interview Dates & Schedule

All interviews will be conducted virtually for this application cycle. Interviews will be held on:

  • December 4, 2024
  • December 18, 2024
  • January 8, 2025

Additionally, for all interview-invited applicants, there will be a virtual Program Overview and Resident Social Hour with Yale Dermatology residents the Tuesday evening prior (~6 p.m. ET). Interview day on Wednesday (~9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET) will consist of virtual interviews with the faculty, and “Tour of Yale Dermatology & New Haven” and “Life as a Yale Dermatology Resident,” provided by the residents.

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 sex,gender, sexual orientation, race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or handicap.

The Yale Department of Dermatology is committed to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity in the residency training program and faculty opportunities, and a full awareness of issues in diversity, inclusion, and equality. There is a recognition and mission among the Yale Department of Dermatology to facilitate medical student mentorship and application to dermatology programs.

Clinical Rotations, Specialty Clinics and Mentorship


The residents have rotations in the following:

  • General dermatology clinics, including resident continuity clinics in adult and pediatric dermatology
  • Dermatology specialty clinics
    • Pediatric dermatology and laser surgery
    • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
    • Pigmented lesion disorders
    • Onco-dermatology
    • Transplant dermatology
    • Blistering disorders
    • Contact dermatitis and patch testing
    • Rheumatologic-dermatology multidisciplinary clinic
    • Hidradenitis suppurativa
    • Atopic dermatitis and psoriasis
    • Alopecia
    • Nail disorders
    • Granulomatous disorders
    • Ichthyosis and inherited disorders of keratinization
    • Vulvar dermatoses
  • Dermatologic surgery, laser and aesthetics clinics
    • Mohs surgery
    • Cosmetic dermatology
    • Laser surgery
  • Photopheresis & Phototherapy Center
  • Dermatopathology
  • Consultation service
    • Teledermatology
      • Yale New Haven Hospital
        • Internal Medicine Units
        • Intensive Care Units
        • Pediatric Hospital
        • Oncology Units
        • Hematology Day Hospital and Infusion Center
        • Emergency Department
      • VA Connecticut Healthcare
        • General dermatology
        • Dermatologic surgery and laser
        • Consultation service
    • Elective (by individual design)
    • Diversity and inclusion education and training
    • Senior resident career development pathway (by individual design)

Mentorship Program

Our formalized mentorship program provides residents with the opportunity to meet with a faculty mentor of their choice twice yearly to help foster and develop their professional goals (career options, career development, selection of Yale Dermatology Training Track). The overall goal of mentorship is to continually formulate a career development plan, allowing each resident to pave his/her own path in dermatology and create an individualized component to their residency education.


A one-month elective is currently available for second- and third-year residents. Residents are free to design their own on- or off-site electives. Electives are planned with a Yale faculty member, and residents are encouraged to present their experiences to the other residents upon returning from an elective so that all may benefit.

All electives must have a Yale faculty advisor and an elective site faculty advisor and must be approved by the Residency Director after proposal submission and review. A special arrangement has been made with St John's Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas Hospital to offer an opportunity for residents to spend a funded elective in London.

Clinician-Educator Distinction (CED) Track

Co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Teaching & Learning Center at the Yale School of Medicine, this program is designed for aspiring clinician educators who wish to gain additional scholarship and training in effective teaching, evaluation and feedback strategies. Residents participate in institution-wide didactic sessions, observed teaching sessions with structured feedback, mentorship meetings with CED advisory faculty and scholarly or innovative work. Residents participate during their PGY2 and PGY3 years and are well-prepared for future careers as academic clinician-educators.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Perkins

CED Advisory Faculty: Drs. Perkins, Cohen, Nelson,Tomayko, and Ramachandran

Research Opportunities

All Yale Dermatology residents have opportunities to become involved with clinical and/or basic science research during their training. Applicants to the Yale Dermatology Residency Program may also express their desire to be considered for a four-year (also called “2+2”) Research Fellowship Track, which is a NIH T32-funded track dedicated to training future physician-scientists leaders in academic dermatology. The investigative program consists of two years of primarily clinical training in dermatology and two years of primarily research fellowship. Yale has one of the longest-running investigative dermatology training programs and a long record of success in developing field=leading physician scientists

Conferences & Meetings

Didactic Conferences

Residents participate in the following conferences:

  • Grand Rounds
  • Inpatient Consult Teaching Rounds
  • Visiting Professor Lecture Series
  • Research Lecture Series
  • Journal Club
  • Resident Lecture Series
  • Dermatopathology Didactic Conference
  • Veterans Administration QA
  • Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference
  • Rheumatologic-Dermatology Multidisciplinary Conference


Jenna Anderson, Dermatology Residency Program