Dermatology Residency Program

The dermatology residency at IU School of Medicine is a three-year program with two categorical positions. One position includes a one-year internship at IU School of Medicine, and one position does not include the internship. Four positions are available each year: two PGY-1 positions (categorical) and two PGY-2 positions (advanced). The residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and participates in the National Resident Matching Program.

The Dermatology Residency training program is designed to develop self-directed, self-motivated, lifelong learners and foster development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills in practicing dermatologists with thorough knowledge of dermatology and evidence-based medicine. Participants in this residency program develop self-confidence and awareness of clinical limitations as they prepare for the rapidly evolving aspects of managed care.

Clinical Training

Clinical opportunities for residents focus on general dermatology as well as subspecialties areas, including multidisciplinary melanoma, vascular lesion, lymphoma and atopic dermatitis clinics. Other special clinical sessions in the department are devoted to hair, vascular birthmarks and cosmetics.

Dermatology faculty and trainees treat patients at IU Health University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, Eskenazi Hospital and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Hospital. Teaching faculty, residents and fellows also treat patients at an office in Carmel, Indiana. In addition, outpatients from the tri-states Indiana, Illinois and Ohio are referred by primary care physicians or other professionals.

Application Requirements and Process

The Department of Dermatology at IU School of Medicine is dedicated to training excellent dermatologists and welcomes applicants who share a strong commitment to high-quality patient care and life-long learning. The Dermatology Residency program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) as administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Find application details for IU School of Medicine residency programs, including the Dermatology Residency, through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Two of the categorical positions are four-year programs with the PGY-1 year completed in conjunction with the IU School of Medicine Department of Medicine. Because the preliminary year is linked to the three remaining years of the dermatology residency, a separate application is not required for the preliminary year. These positions begin each year on July 1.

Two of the advanced positions are not linked to a PGY-1 year at IU School of Medicine. Applicants applying for these positions must secure their own transitional or PGY-1 year training. The PGY-2 position begins on July 1 each year. Applicants may be considered for both the categorical and advanced positions by ranking them both in the NRMP system.

Interview Dates for 2018 Match

An official application deadline is not set for this residency program, but the Department of Dermatology conducts interviews in December and January. Successful applicants typically have all application materials, including the Dean’s letter, submitted no later than October 6. Interviews for the 2018 match are scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2017; Wednesday December 13, 2017; and Wednesday January 10, 2018.

Program Progression

The dermatology residency program at IU School of Medicine combines strong clinical training and didactic teaching. Each resident has continuity clinics at the Veteran’s Hospital as well as the county hospital, Eskenazi. Patients come from general dermatology clinics and are followed by the resident throughout the three years of clinical training. This is a valuable opportunity for residents to participate in the longitudinal care of patients.

Didactic sessions occur each morning (Monday through Thursday) from 8 am until noon. These sessions include lectures related to book club, basic science, therapeutics, dermatopathology, surgery, cosmetic, and pediatric dermatology.

All residents are required to take the In-Training Dermatology Examination each spring to test the fund of knowledge and to help the resident and Program Director evaluate the resident’s progress within the residency program. This examination is sponsored by the American Board of Dermatology and administered within the Department of Dermatology.

At the end of each rotation, attending faculty complete electronic evaluations of each resident. An annual evaluation is prepared for submission to the American Board of Dermatology. Residents also have the opportunity to electronically evaluate rotations and attending faculty.

First-year dermatology residents gain experience in general medical dermatology and surgery in the outpatient dermatology clinics. Residents also spend two months in dermatopathology, where more than 40,000 biopsies per year are reviewed with the faculty dermatopathologists. Each resident is assigned to a dermatology continuity clinic that continues throughout the three years of training. These PGY-2 residents have a formal evaluation with the Program Director every three months.

Second-year dermatology residents rotate through the outpatient clinics as well as dermatological surgery. Second-year residents also perform inpatient consultations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. These PGY-3-level residents meet with the program director every six months.

During the third year of dermatology residency training, residents continue instruction in the inpatient and outpatient areas of IU Health University Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital, IU Health Methodist, and the VA Hospital, assuming greater responsibility for patient care. All PGY-4 residents, including third-year dermatology residents, meet with the program director every six months.