Information for Residency Applicants

Falanga-VA message from Vincent Falanga, MD, Residency Program Director:

Thank you for your interest in the Boston University School of Medicine Dermatology Training Program.

The mission of the Department is to be a leader in teaching, research, and patient care relevant to dermatology. Our clinical programs and educational curriculum are continuously evolving to incorporate advances in medical and procedural dermatology. Our department fosters inquiry and scholarly activities, including a large portfolio of laboratory-based research. We strive to maintain the highest ethical standards and professionalism in the service of advancing human health.

Over the three year period of training, our trainees are exposed to general and specialty medical dermatology, procedural dermatology and dermatopathology via a patient base comprised of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and dermatologic disease burden. Approximately 15 full-time faculty and numerous part-time clinical associates provide expert instruction in virtually all subspecialty areas within dermatology. Clinical sites include Boston Medical Center (582 beds), Boston Veterans Administration Healthcare System (435 beds), the BU Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery and an off-campus community based practice. There are almost 40,000 outpatient visits to dermatology clinics annually. Hospital sites also sustain an active inpatient consultation services.

In general, training is provided through daily supervised clinical experiences, bimonthly clinical grand rounds, as well as a structured core curriculum supplemented with Journal Club, Kodachrome sessions, Morbidity and Mortality discussions, Evidence Based sessions along with clinical and scientific conferences with other regional residency programs. The trainee’s experience is further enhanced through occasional participation in clinical trials and other individualized experiences.

The clinical training experience at BU emphasizes a newly implemented continuity based training approach which is resident centered with the hope of enhancing the trainee’s experience and depth of training with respect to Patient Care, Practice Based Learning, Medical Knowledge, Systems Based Practice, Interpersonal and Communications Skills, and Professionalism. Through achieving an experience that incorporates care of patients over the continuum of disease, trainees will have the right preparation and experiences required for the independent practice of dermatology upon completion of training. Development of special interests and expertise during residency within requirements of the American Board of Dermatology is encouraged.

The department also supports accredited fellowship training programs in Skin Oncology, Mohs surgery and Dermatopathology which serve to further enhance the trainee’s experience.

Our ideal candidate is a highly competent, intellectually curious, compassionate and dedicated physician who will make substantial future contributions to the field of dermatology. An ACGME-approved clinical internship is required prior to dermatology training. Some residents have had additional training. Research fellowships and other professional experiences provide welcome information, beyond a medical school transcript alone, on which to evaluate applications.

The Program uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges to process applications. The new application season for a residency position in July of 2015 will commence in August of 2013. This year, there are five positions available through the match for the Boston University School of Medicine Dermatology Training Program. The application deadline is November 1, 2013.