Department of Dermatology

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Residency

The VCU Department of Dermatology offers a three-year residency program that leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Dermatology. Residency begins with the PGY-2 year and must be preceded by a broad-based clinical year in an ACGME-accredited program or similar program accredited in Canada. Currently, there are two residency slots per year and applicants are usually accepted a year in advance.

The residency furnishes trainees with the educational and practical experience necessary to provide outstanding medical care to a diverse patient population who present with a wide variety of skin conditions. Training takes place primarily at VCU Medical Center, its associated clinics and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.

Residents have the opportunity to rotate through the offices of several community physicians who provide subspecialty training in pediatric care and cosmetic procedures. This provides a well-balanced experience of both the academic clinic setting and the private clinic setting; each supplying different kinds of challenges and features. Opportunities to conduct research also are available.

Residents in VCU’s dermatology residency program will complete their training with a comprehensive educational foundation. From the varying clinical settings and didactic sessions to the diverse patient population, residents have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the field of dermatology.

Frequently asked questions regarding the dermatology residency training program:

  1. Do I need to include my USMLE Step 2 scores in order for my application packet to be complete?
    While we do require that you submit your Step 1 score in order to be considered for an interview, Step 2 scores do not need to be reported by our application deadline. However, in applicants with a less competitive Step 1 score, we do look favorably upon those who demonstrate improvement in their Step 2 score.
  2. Does your program accept COMLEX boards in place of the USMLE?
    Yes, but please note that USMLE scores are preferable and carry more weight when choosing candidates for interviews.
  3. Do you consider osteopathic candidates?
    Historically, we have not matched applicants who have trained outside of the allopathic medical school system. However, we do welcome osteopathic candidates and do not discriminate based on an applicant’s pathway to become a physician.
  4. Does your program provide a research fellowship opportunity?
    Not at this time.
  5. How many residency positions are available?
    We accept two categorical residents each year, and these positions are filled through the NRMP.
  6. When does your program conduct interviews?
    Generally, our residency interviews are scheduled on two separate Fridays during the month of January. For the specific dates, please email dermresidency@mcvh-vcu.edu.
  7. How many letters of recommendations do you require?
    For an application to be deemed complete, you should submit at least three letters of recommendation through ERAS.
  8. Does your program accept applicants who have already completed another residency?
    Yes, we welcome these candidates. All applicants must be within four years of graduation from medical school or direct patient care activity (either as an independent practitioner or as a trainee). You must provide documentation of a minimum of three months of direct patient care activity in the U.S. or Canada within the last four years. For more information regarding selection criteria and eligibility, visit our graduate medical information page.
  9. Does your program require supplemental application material?
    No, interested candidates should submit their application through ERAS.
  10. Do you review applications from candidates with an H1B visa status?
    Per VCU Medical Center policy, only applicants with J1 visas are accepted for medical residency positions.
  11. I have already graduated from medical school. Can I apply to your program?
    All applicants must be within four years of graduation from medical school or direct patient care activity (either as an independent practitioner or as a trainee).

Frequently Asked Questions for medical students/college students interested in rotating on the dermatology service:

  1. I am a medical student interested in arranging an elective rotation in your dermatology department. How should I arrange this?
    The VCU School of Medicine uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to coordinate the applications of visiting students. For more information regarding visiting student electives, please contact Nancy Jackson at (804) 828-9784 or nbjackso@vcu.edu.
  2. Does your program allow student learners/observers to shadow a dermatologist in your practice?
    Please contact Harris King at hking1@vcu.edu in the VCU School of Medicine Curriculum/Student Affairs Office. Harris coordinates the application and placement of observers and student learners.