The three-year residency program in dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine provides experience in outpatient and inpatient settings.
Residents train in general dermatology, complex medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic oncology, dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology, dermatopharmacology, immunodermatology, phototherapy, Mohs micrographic surgery and laser and cosmetic procedures.
Specialty clinics allow exposure to challenging cases. Residents are encouraged to participate in and design laboratory investigation or clinical outcomes research that can be successfully completed during the three years of residency.
Throughout clinical training, residents rotate through several sites. The Northwestern Medical Group clinics are currently the home base for residents and the site of most of the didactic conferences. Residents also rotate through the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.
Dermatology Residency Program Director Consensus Statement on Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the 2020-2021 Application Cycle
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to medical education across the country. We understand that students' anxiety about the upcoming application cycle has been heightened given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 related changes to curriculum and scheduling and how this will affect the residency application process.
As dermatology residency program directors, we would like to address principal areas of the residency application to hopefully lessen students' concerns regarding the process. These recommendations may change as the situation evolves; please continue to monitor AAMC and institutional policies and guidelines. Additionally, this statement represents the views of a group of dermatology residency program directors, but was not reviewed by all programs; please continue to refer to individual program websites for institution-specific information.
As dermatology residency program directors, we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic will result in increased disparities in strength of applications due to lack of opportunity for students with smaller home programs or in areas more affected by this crisis, particularly as some students may additionally be struggling with personal or family COVID-19 illness during this time. Understandably, this will lead to a considerable amount of added uncertainty and anxiety for many students as they consider future career plans. We support holistic review processes and encourage residency programs to consider and weigh these significant factors.
In this time of great personal and professional stress, we hope that by addressing specific concerns, students will feel more comfortable approaching the process and maintaining their application plans, knowing that we will take into consideration the multitude of extrinsic factors affecting applications this year.
Updated April 9, 2020
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. Other program highlights include:
See the sample schedule (PDF) for a sample breakdown of how a resident's time may be spent.
First-year residents gain experience in general medical dermatology and surgery in the outpatient dermatology clinics. Residents also spend two months in dermatopathology, where more than 40,000 biopsies per year are reviewed with the faculty dermatopathologists. Each resident is also assigned to a dermatology continuity clinic that will continue throughout the three years of training.
Second-year residents rotate through the outpatient clinics, as well as dermatological surgery. They residents also perform inpatient consultations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
During the third year, residents continue their instruction in the inpatient and outpatient areas of the medical center hospitals, assuming greater responsibility for patient care.
All residents are highly encouraged to develop a well-defined basic or clinical research project throughout the three years of training under the mentorship of an assigned faculty mentor. Annual resident research conferences showcase work and offer opportunities for feedback. The residents are expected to present their work at regional and national meetings and submit their studies for publication.
In addition to the standard residency program, an academic track program consisting of two clinical years paired with two years of research fellowship may be arranged after the first year of residency.
An active teaching program involves at least daily didactic sessions for residents. These include dermatology grand rounds, basic science seminars, surgical and cosmetic didactic units, bench to bedside talks, digital slide conferences (including dermatopathology and pediatric dermatology series), hospital rounds and journal club sessions.
Additional programs include:
Applicants must complete one year of graduate clinical education as a PGY-1 before entering the program.
Three to four positions are offered each year. First-year positions (PGY-2) are selected through the National Resident Matching Program. Residency interviews take place during the months of December and January.
Three letters of recommendation are required. Selected candidates are invited for interviews. Final selection of residents is made by the dermatology faculty. The application deadline is Oct. 1.
Applications should be submitted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Applicants selected to interview will be notified by early December.
Following are additional resources related to the residency interview process.
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