Doctorate of Dermatology Program


The Program’s Response to COVID:
In an effort to abide by COVID-19 safety protocols, the International Graduate Training Program in Dermatology has adopted a hybrid curriculum during the 2020-2021 academic year, including in-person and remote clinical and academic experiences. We plan to maintain this hybrid curriculum until given further instructions by institutional leadership. Our administrative team, in partnership with the Boston University International Students and Scholars Office, will continue to support international trainees with visa sponsorship while following local and federal protocols concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.


Program Description

The Doctorate of Dermatology program is 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. Intensive teaching in dermatopathology is an integral and continuous part of all programs. Much of it takes place at this multi-head microscope.

Please note: This program does not serve as nor substitute for a United States’ residency program. Additionally the program does not credential a trainee to practice in the United States upon graduation. The mission of the International Graduate Training Program in Dermatology is to provide hands-on dermatology clinical training to international physicians to enable high quality clinical practice of dermatology in the trainee’s home country.


Program Details

Trainees are initially enrolled in the Master of Science Program only.  Those interested in continuing their training beyond the Masters, may apply for the for the Doctorate of Dermatology Program for an additional two years of training.  Acceptance into the Doctorate program is contingent upon successful completion of the Masters Program, meeting the minimum score requirement on the ABD In-service Exam, and identification of a suitable mentor and project. We do not offer this program independent of the master’s program. 


Graduation Requirements

The Doctorate of Dermatology program is 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. Acceptance into the Doctorate program is contingent upon successful completion of the Master’s Program and identification of a suitable mentor and project. We do not offer this program independent of the master’s program.

While students enrolled in the Doctorate Program will spend the first two years doing coursework in clinical dermatology with direct patient contact and in classroom settings, the major portion of the third and fourth years of this program is devoted to original clinical and/or laboratory-based independent research under the guidance of a faculty member to fulfill a rigorous thesis requirement. This includes
literature review, experimental design, publication(s) of research findings in peer-reviewed journals, and writing of a high-quality thesis. In addition, 8 credits of coursework at the Boston University School of Public Health are required.

All students who are not previously formally trained in statistical methodology are strongly advised to take at least one statistics course offered by the School of Public Health, as competence in statistical analysis of research date is required. If the students has already completed relevant coursework in Biostatistics and other equivalent graduate studies, the BU School of Public Health course requirement
may be waived by the Director of the International Graduate Training Program in consultation with the
research mentor.

Trainees in the Doctorate Program, in addition to the requirements for the Masters program and research project with their supervisor, must complete a written thesis and successfully defend that thesis to his/her dissertation committee prior to graduation. The thesis committee must consist of at least four persons expert in the subject matter, one of whom is the thesis supervisor who has worked closely with the student for at least one year and at least one of whom may be appointed from outside the Department of
Dermatology.

Preparation and defense of the thesis occupies a substantial portion of the last two years of study. In some instances, granting of the degree is delayed beyond the expected date of graduation, pending modification to the written thesis and/or additional meetings with the thesis committee. In order to receive the Doctorate degree, the student must satisfactorily complete all course work, as outlined above, and the
thesis itself.


Admissions

Doctorate applications are handled internally, once the student’s Master’s degree experience is evaluated by faculty. 


Enrollment

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 University will process your I-20 for a F-1 visa after receipt of your confirmation, deposit, and paperwork. Instruction of trainees in the Department of Dermatology is yearlong from September through August 31.  Three weeks of vacation per year is customary.

 

All full-time degree and non-degree programs are tuition-bearing. The tuition fee set by Boston University School of Medicine. Costs and tuition can be viewed here (highlighted in yellow).

 



For further information please contact:


Kimberly Riley
Training Programs Manager
Department of Dermatology
Boston University School of Medicine
609 Albany Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02118 USA

Email: dermtrng@bu.edu
Telephone: 617.358.9700
Fax: 617.358.9709