Program Information

The Department of Dermatology offers two tracks of graduate dermatology training:

  • Programs leading to a university degree for physicians who desire specialization in dermatology to become specialists or consultants in their home countries;
  • Non-degree programs for physicians that seek only a one-year basic training in dermatology (Diploma program), or for trained dermatologists who seek one year of additional advanced training (Certificate program).

All programs (degree and non-degree) involve direct patient care with hands-on clinical participation under clinical faculty supervision.

Degree Programs

The Department of Dermatology offers the following programs of study leading to Boston University School of Medicine degrees:

  • Master of Science in Dermatology (2 years);
  • Doctor of Science in Dermatology (4 years).

Entrance Requirements include a medical degree (M.D. or M.B.B.S.) from a recognized university, a year of internship, one or more years of experience in medicine (preferably with an emphasis in dermatology), and an excellent proficiency in English. TOEFL scores are required. Please have your scores sent to center code 3231.

Once accepted, trainees are enrolled as special students at the Boston University School of Medicine and are covered by the School’s malpractice and health insurance policies.

The Master of Science and Doctorate programs, designed for medical graduates seeking advanced training in dermatology, are based on U.S. graduate medical training methods, encompassing didactic lectures, seminars, conferences, direct patient contact, and in the case of the Doctorate degree, a thesis requirement. All clinical sessions are under direct faculty supervision, and trainees are given increased responsibility as their training progresses.

teaching at the microscope

Intensive teaching in dermato-pathology is an integral and continuous part of all programs. Much of it takes place at this multi-head microscope.

The Master of Science and Doctorate Programs are academcic, course-based programs that provide clinical dermatology training with a sound basis in the fundamentals of dermatologic science. Students in these programs are assigned to clinical outpatient sessions (4 to 6 per week) at the Boston Medical Center, where they have primary patient responsibility under faculty supervision, as well as rotations in the Department’s Section of Dermatopathology and inpatient consultation service. Specific rotations in dermatologic and laser surgery provide additional instruction in these increasingly important dermatologic treatment modalities. Courses include Clinical Dermatology, Clinical Pathological Correlation, Basic Dermatopathology, Diagnostic Dermatopathology, Cutaneous Microbiology, Photobiology, Dermatologic and Laser Surgery, Structure and Function of the Skin, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS.

Daily clinical exposure is complemented by lectures, seminars and conferences by members of the faculty and invited prominent speakers. Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings are devoted to academic activities. At bi-weekly Grand Rounds, interesting cases are presented and discussed.

Instruction of trainees in the Department of Dermatology is yearlong from July 1 thorough June 30. Three weeks of vacation per year is customary.

As is customary in clinical medical education, in many courses students at different levels will be enrolled simultaneously. Indeed, the students will enroll each year in some courses (e.g., Clinical Dermatology). In such instances, the instructor will take into account each student’s level in grading and guiding the student’s course participation. A higher level of performance will be demanded of a more advanced student. Individualized teaching and evaluation is readily accomplished in the Program’s small group format. Many instruction groups consist of two to four students and the entire Program enrollment is not expected to exceed 15 students. At least ten hours per week of lectures, slide reviews and other didactic instruction is provided.

Non-Degree Programs

The non-degree pathways are:

  • Diploma in Dermatology (1 year)
  • Certificate in Clinical Dermatology

The Diploma Program is equivalent to the first year of the Masters Program. Students are permitted to enroll in this program initially and subsequent admission to the Masters Program is contingent upon successful completion of the first year requirements.

The Certificate in Clinical Dermatology is an advanced program geared towards dermatologist who desire a more in-depth knowledge and practice of dermatology. This program may be tailored to accommodate certain areas of interest of the student.

In both these programs, there is a concomitant academic program. Lectures and seminars by world-renowned dermatologists and scientists are offered (at least twice per week) throughout the year as well as Grand Rounds, where interesting and puzzling cases are discussed by leading dermatologists.

All full-time degree and non-degree programs are tuition-bearing. The tuition fee set by Boston University School of Medicine currently stands at USD $48,116 per year.

For further information contact:

Debjani Sahni, MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
c/o Daniella Adrien, Program Coordinator
Department of Dermatology
Boston University School of Medicine
609 Albany Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02118 USA
Fax: (617) 638-5515
E-mail: dadrien@bu.edu