Academic Residency Application Information


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 by developing a wholly dedicated academic dermatology training program. In this way, we seek to identify and train dermatology residents who are specifically committed to a career in academic 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 to best support their Careers, our Specialty, and the Communities we serve. In order to advance these goals and achieve them more effectively, our Dermatology Residency has been restructured to include career-development opportunities such as a dedicated lecture series focused on academic skill-building (publishing, IRB and grant writing, statistics, niche development, giving talks, etc), research time in the third year, as well as sponsorship to conferences and committees to prepare residents for academic faculty appointments. A formal mentorship program is in place to help residents explore and develop their academic careers. 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.

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 sub-specialty 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 active inpatient consultation services. We maintain strong interactions with Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.


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 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, given oral presentations at the AAD annual meeting, and won preceptorship grants from the New England Dermatologic Society, among other accolades. They have served 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:

We are looking for excited applicants who are dedicated to academia and who are willing to make a commitment to an academic career path. Our ideal candidate is an intellectually curious lifelong learner who is a compassionate and dedicated physician and 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 clinical and 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 2022 will commence in September of 2020. 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, 2020 5:00 PM EST.

Application Supplement:

An updated supplement for the 2020-2021 application cycle will be posted soon.