Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Dermatology

Program Director's Letter

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:

Our Facilities

Throughout clinical training, residents rotate through several sites. The Northwestern Memorial Faculty Foundation (NMFF) clinics are currently the home base for residents and the site of most of the didactic conferences. Most of the Dermatology department is housed in >27,000 sq ft 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 the Lurie Children’s (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 best learning and practice management.

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

Maria L. Colavincenzo, MD

Maria L. Colavincenzo, MD
Program Director
Dermatology Residency

Contact Us

For more information about the Dermatology Residency Program, please contact us at 312-695-7932.