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Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship

For our complete program listing, please refer to the FREIDA Online database.

Fellowship Summary Description

The 2-year fellowship program in dermatologic surgery at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides comprehensive training in oncologic, cosmetic, and laser procedures. The program also includes extensive exposure to clinical research, particularly clinical trials and other patient-centered research. Fellows are mentored to develop research projects and provided additional formal training in and research methods as well as staff support. The goal of the fellowship is to train and equip national leaders in academic dermatologic surgery.

Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery

The CDS portion of the fellowship meets all requirements for the ASDS-approved fellowship program. Fellows receive training in cosmetic and laser procedures. Proficiency is achieved through hands-on application of lasers and energy treatments, filler and injectables, scar revision techniques, tumescent liposuction, and other procedures. The practice maintains approximately 20 laser and energy devices for a diversity of indications.

Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology

The MSDO portion of the fellowship meets all requirements for the ACGME-approved fellowship program. Fellows receive training in all aspects of Mohs surgery, including complex repairs. The practice has high volume, and fellows are provided the opportunity to perform many more than the required number of cases.

Clinical Research

Clinical research is a major part of the fellowship experience, and spans both the MSDO and CDS portions of training. After fellows have matched, they are introduced to the research staff in the clinical research unit in dermatologic surgery. Through a succession of planning meetings attended by the fellow, faculty and staff, several substantial research ideas are developed that are then spearheaded by the fellow. Fellow research begins when the fellow starts and continues throughout the 2-year fellowship period. The fellow is provided staff support, necessary equipment and resources, formal training through coursework as appropriate, and the guidance of regular weekly research meetings with core faculty. Fellow research may include clinical trials, multicenter cohort studies, analysis of databases, guidelines development, and other work designed to substantially impact the practice of dermatologic surgery. The purpose of the research experience is to prepare the fellow for a career as an independent clinical researcher in academic dermatologic surgery.

Meetings and Conferences

Fellows are encouraged to present abstracts, posters, and oral presentations at meetings of major national professional societies. They are supported to attend the annual meetings of the ASDS, ACMS, ASLMS, SID, AAD, and APD, as well as other national or international conferences that may be of interest.

Application Process

Applications for the 2022-2024 fellowship will be accepted from February 1, 2021 to March 15, 2021.

Interested applicants should submit the following items:

  • Completed GME Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Personal Statement of Professional Goals (see information below)
  • 3-4 letters of reference (including a letter from the residency program director and one from the surgical director)

and should be submitted to Attn: Lisa Glatz, Dept of Dermatology, 676 N. St. Clair, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60611, via email to with “Attn: Dermatologic Surgery Application” in the subject line. Recommendation letters must be sent directly from the letter writers.

In the one-page personal statement of professional goals, the applicant should explain not only their post-fellowship plans, but also why and how they believe a two-year combined MSDO and CDS fellowship, and the associated clinical research commitment, would help them achieve their career aspirations. We are particularly interested in how the applicant is planning to contribute to the dermatologic surgery specialty after completion of the fellowship. Possibilities include humanitarian activities or public health initiatives, clinical or translational research, other creative intellectual work (e.g., innovation and invention), teaching and mentoring, government or public sector work, or leadership within the profession. We believe carefully crafting a personal statement of professional goals help provide clarity to both the applicant and the program.

Graduates of an ACGME-approved dermatology residency program interested in a career in academic dermatologic surgery are particularly encouraged to apply. Canadian applicants who have completed an equivalent program can be considered but the program does not sponsor or support H1B visa applicants. Prospective applicants may contact the program for more information starting January 15th of their first year of dermatology residency (PGY-2).

For applicants who miss the deadline for our application process, we will also consider, on a case-by-case basis, applications submitted through the standard MSDO application process. Applicants will need to register with the Central Application System (CAS) on SF Match ( for Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology and designate one of the recipients to be the Northwestern University/Dr. Alam fellowship. Applicants applying through either route should understand that they will be applying for a two-year fellowship, commencing In July of the following calendar year with one year of CDS fellowship, followed by one year of MSDO fellowship the year after that.

Positions Offered

One position is offered each year. This is a two-year fellowship position that meets requirements for the MSDO and CDS fellowships, and includes an ongoing clinical research component. The fellowship is designed to equip future academic dermatologic surgeons with outstanding and diverse clinical skills, as well as expertise in clinical research methods and practice.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator

Lisa Glatz
676 N. St. Clair, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611

Current Fellow (MSDO Year)


Sarah Wilson, MD (2020-2021)

Current Fellow (CDS Year)


Ming Lee, MD (2020-2021)

Housestaff Training at McGaw

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University offers exceptional training experiences at nationally ranked hospitals and fosters a culture of diversity, innovation and excellence.


Why Northwestern?

Learn more about the benefits of training at a world-class academic medical center in a diverse and vibrant city of Chicago. Further program details, including the Department of Medicine housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site.


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