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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Dermatology
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Program Director's Message

We hope to build strong interpersonal relationships that lead to a happy, cohesive professional environment conducive to the best learning and practice management.”

Maria L. Colavincenzo, MD
Program Director
Dermatology Residency

Maria L. Colavincenzo, MD

The goal of the Northwestern McGaw Medical Center Dermatology Residency is to provide trainees with a broad education and diverse practical exposure that will lead to outstanding dermatological care of patients with skin, hair, nails or mucous membrane disease. Our department offers a three-year residency training program with the opportunity for a four-year research track that combines residency and fellowship training. We also have a combined medicine-dermatology residency program. Residents train in general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology, dermatopharmacology, immunodermatology, phototherapy, Mohs micrographic surgery and laser and cosmetic procedures. Several specialty clinics allow exposure to challenging cases.

Our learning and teaching style emphasizes:

  • Experiential and active learning
  • Close mentorship in a challenging academic yet fostering environment
  • Progressive graded responsibility for the learner
  • Camaraderie and teamwork

Our Facilities

Throughout clinical training, residents rotate through several sites. The Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) clinics are currently the home base for residents and the site of most of the didactic conferences. Most of the department is housed in more than 27,000 square feet of space in the Arkes Pavilion. This includes a dedicated residents' suite with individual workstations, computers and phones for each resident, small and large conference rooms, general dermatology and procedural clinic rooms and a comprehensive phototherapy unit. Administrative offices of the department and the dermatopathology lab and suite are also housed in Arkes Pavilion. Residents also rotate through Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (pediatric dermatology) and the VA Chicago Health Care System-Westside Division.

The department encourages residents to acquire additional experience in dermatological subspecialties or research after completing the residency program. A major focus of the department is to train future leaders in dermatology.

We believe fervently in mentorship and sponsorship for our resident trainees in the professional and personal areas. We hope to build strong interpersonal relationships that lead to a happy, cohesive professional environment conducive to the best learning and practice management.

If you have further questions about our program, please contact us.

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