Residency Program

The Yale Dermatology Residency Program is one of the most competitive in the United States and attracts a richly diverse group of bright, talented applicants. Dermatology residents are immersed in a comprehensive curriculum featuring rotations, dermatology electives, opportunities to participate in dermatologic research at the highest level, as well as a variety of didactic conferences and meetings. 


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 1.

The Residency Training Program of the Department of Dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine is an ACGME-accredited 3-year program. To enter the program, candidates must have passed USMLE Step 2-CS (Clinical Skills) and Step 3 and completed 1 year of graduate medical training (PGY-1). Each year, over 400 applications are submitted to the Yale Dermatology Residency Program; and about 40-45 candidates will be invited to interview. 

Interviews are by invitation only and generally occur in November, December, or January. There are 4 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.


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

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 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.

The residents have rotations in the following:

  • General Dermatology Clinics
  • Dermatology Specialty Clinics (Pediatric Dermatology, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Pigmented Lesion Disorders, Oncodermatology, Transplant Dermatology, Wound and Ulcer Care, Blistering Disorders, Contact Dermatitis, Connective Tissue Diseases, Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Alopecia, Ichthyosis and Inherited Disorders of Keratinization)
  • Dermatologic Surgery & Laser Clinic (Mohs Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser Surgery)
  • Photopheresis & Phototherapy Center
  • Dermatopathology
  • Consultation Service (Yale-New Haven Hospital: Internal Medicine Units, Intensive Care Units, Pediatric Hospital, Oncology Units, Transplantation Units)
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare (General Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and Laser, Consultation Service)
  • Elective (by individual design)

Click here to view a typical weekly schedule for a first-year Yale Dermatology Resident.

A one-month elective is currently available for second and third year residents. Residents are free to design their own on-site or off-site electives. Electives are planned with a Yale faculty member, and residents must 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 be 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.

Residents often become involved in clinical and/or basic science research during their training.

Applicants may apply for a four year Research Fellowship Track which consists of two years of primarily clinical training in dermatology, and two years of primarily research fellowship (typically in years three and four). Funding for this program is provided by the National Institutes in Health under special training grants.

Research Fellows continue to participate in clinical and teaching activities of the residency program, but spend the majority of their time in research. Opportunities are available throughout the Yale University School of Medicine to train with world renown professors in Yale’s many exceptional departments including Dermatology, Yale Cancer Center, Immunobiology, Genetics, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Laboratory Medicine, Comparative Medicine, Epidemiology & Public Health, and Cellular & Molecular Physiology. All fellows are also advised closely by a faculty member within Yale Dermatology.

The Yale School of Medicine is among a select group of medical centers nationwide that have been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for extensive funding as a Yale Skin Diseases Research Center. Such funding provides for Research Cores and Pilot and Feasibility Studies, which benefit researchers and fellows within and outside the department, and fosters collaborative efforts beyond the department.

Didactic Conferences

Residents participate in the following conferences:

  • Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Inpatient Consult Teaching Rounds (twice weekly)
  • Visiting Professor Lecture Series (twice monthly)
  • Research Lecture Series (twice monthly)
  • Journal Club (weekly)
  • Resident Lecture Series (weekly)
  • Dermatopathology Didactic Conference (weekly)
  • Veterans Administration QA (quarterly)

Regional & National Meetings

Other national meetings: