Dermatology

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 subspecialty areas, including melanoma, vascular lesion, lymphoma, cosmetic, Mohs surgery, transplant, mucosal, dermatology-rheumatology, and urgent clinics.

Dermatology faculty and trainees treat patients at IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, Richard L. Roudebush VA Hospital, as well as outpatient clinics at IU Health Meridian Crossing. Outpatients are referred by primary care physicians and dermatologists from Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.

Application Requirements and Process

The dermatology residency at IU School of Medicine is a three-year program with four positions available each year: two PGY-1 positions (categorical) and two PGY-2 positions (advanced). The residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and participates in the National Resident Matching Program.

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.

Dermatology Residents 2019 2020

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.

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.

Didactic sessions occur each morning (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday): 7:30-8:15 am. Additional sessions are held every Wednesday from 8 am until noon.

  • Mondays: Book Club (Andrews or Bolognia)
  • Tuesdays: Dermatopathology
  • Wednesdays: Grand Rounds, Journal Club, cosmetic sessions.
  • Thursdays: Pharmacology, Basic Science

Over the course of the three-year program, residents have three months of dedicated time in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology and Mohs surgery as well as the other subspecialties listed above.

Leadership

Nidhi Avashia-Khemka, MD

Nidhi Avashia-Khemka, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology
Anita N. Haggstrom, MD

Anita N. Haggstrom, MD

Associate Professor of Dermatology
Jay E. Wolverton, MD

Jay E. Wolverton, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology