Information for Academic Residency Applicants

Academic Dermatology Career Training Program


In 1965, a little more than 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Medicare bill. Incorporated in that legislation was a commitment to pay for Medical Education.  Over these 5 decades, the Medical Education component has served our nation well. However, new challenges and paradigm shifts are coming our way.  A major challenge is to sustain the Academic environment by providing outstanding and dedicated teachers. We have recently taken steps to provide a continuity of faculty and teachers. Although our specialty is Dermatology, we believe that our paradigm shift is applicable to other fields in Internal Medicine.

The mission of the Department of Dermatology at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University is to be an academic leader in teaching, research, and patient care. A major goal is to develop and train Academic Dermatologists for the benefit of their Careers, our Specialty, and the Community we serve.  In order to advance these goals and achieve them more effectively, our Dermatology Residency has been restructured to encompass a traditional residency training program (3 years) followed by a career-focused faculty program (3 years) for all of its prospective residency positions. Trainees in our program will benefit from both the ACGME 3-year accredited program, while being mentored and prepared for the subsequent cycle of Dermatology Faculty positions at our Institution following their ACGME-based residency training. This new paradigm aims to develop well-rounded Dermatologists, with careers focused on teaching, patient care, and research, who will become leaders in academia, and make significant contributions to our specialty.

Two Phase Structure:

The configuration of our Dermatology program following internship will consist of a 3-year ACGME accredited program followed by 3 years as faculty; these are two well-defined but interrelated phases.  The first phase will continue to be the traditional ACGME-accredited training path for years one through three, which will result in American Board of Dermatology (ABD) eligibility.  An innovation in this ACGME-approved program will be to introduce the trainee to a particular focus of expertise in one area of clinical Dermatology. This could consist of expertise in such topics as hospital consultation, women’s health, chronic wounds, the emerging field of LGBT medicine, among others. During this time, residents will develop their specific interests or “niche” through working with various faculty members. As a result, the residents will receive additional exposure to the many aspects of dermatology, and will have the opportunity to become scholarly in their chosen field.

Following the successful completion of the ACGME approved residency program, the second phase of this program will be marked by a full faculty appointment at BMC and BU Dermatology during years four through six. As faculty members, the new Dermatologists trained in our department will have faculty clinical responsibilities which will provide them with opportunities to further develop and hone their niche area of interest. This focused interest may be in such tracks as clinician-educator, clinical research or, if applicable to their background, translational research or basic research. It should be stressed that this new program is not focused on laboratory-based investigators, but in developing academic dermatologists who will also provide clinical care to the patient care community served by Boston Medical Center.  Thus, we strongly believe that our approach dovetails nicely with the Medical Education/Medicare bill signed into law 50 years ago. During this time, faculty members will continue to be mentored in areas that are critical to academic success including topics such as:  Giving effective presentations, grant writing, preparing IRB submissions, being an effective teacher and communicator, preparing manuscripts, etc.

Training Sites:

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 20 full-time faculty members will provide expert instruction in virtually all subspecialty and focus areas within Dermatology. We have a vast richness of training in Dermatology. Clinical sites include Boston Medical Center (BMC: 496 beds), two Boston Veterans Administration Healthcare Hospitals (435 beds and numerous outpatients visits), and outstanding off-campus community based practices in the Boston area. There are over 70,000 outpatient visits to our dermatology clinics annually. Hospital sites also sustain an active inpatient consultation services. Interactions with Internal Medicine and Geriatrics will be nurtured and strengthened.


Training is provided through daily supervised clinical experiences, monthly clinical Grand Rounds, as well as a structured core curriculum supplemented with Journal Club, Case Management sessions, Morbidity and Mortality discussions, Evidence-Based sessions, along with clinical and scientific conferences with other regional residency programs. We enhance our training by means of innovative video evaluations of patient encounters and the use of didactic sessions focused on preparing residents for ABD certification.

Resident Accomplishments:

Residents in our academic track residency program have undertaken dozens of research and quality improvement projects and written many scientific manuscripts. They have authored book chapters and presented posters on their work. Our residents have been the recipients of American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) travel grants to work in underserved areas in the United States and Africa as well as grants to attend international conferences. BU residents have won awards to travel as part of dermMentors Resident of Distinction competition, and given oral presentations at the AAD annual meeting. They serve on committees nationally (AAD, Women’s Dermatologic Society), regionally (Massachusetts Medical Society), and locally (BMC Social Determinants of Health Working Group, BMC Center for Health Equity).

Application Cycle 2020-2021:

In this the second year of this new program, we are looking for excited applicants who are dedicated to academia and who are willing to make a six year commitment to the 3 + 3 program to help themselves, the specialty, the Boston community, and future dermatologists.

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. Research fellowships and other professional experiences provide welcome information, beyond a medical school transcript alone, on which to evaluate applications.

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.

The Program uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to process applications. The new application season for a residency position in July of 2021 will commence in September of 2019. This year, there are five positions available through the match for the Boston University School of Medicine Dermatology Training Program. The completed application deadline is October 1st, 2019 5:00 PM EST.

Application Supplement:

In an effort to know more about you, and your suitability for our training program, we request that you complete the attached Application Supplement.  Completion of this Supplement is not mandatory; however, initial preference will be given to those who comply with this request.  Please click here to download the Supplement.


Q:   If I want to continue my training after residency, when would I be able to do fellowship?

A:  We are fully supportive of those residents who want to continue their training.  Residents who wish to pursue fellowship training after residency will be required to complete their 3-year faculty appointment prior to initiation of such additional training.

Q:  Am I guaranteed a faculty position after residency training?

A:  We will make every effort to ensure that all trainees will be able to complete their full two phase program.  If the Department Executive Committee determines that it is unable to accommodate the hiring of additional faculty members, your participation will be completed after three years.