Physician Scientist Training Program

The Washington University Division of Dermatology, in conjunction with the Department of Medicine, offers an exceptional career development experience. Our Dermatology Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) supplants the “2+2” with structured mentorship, a stipend during clinical years, a generous salary bonus during the third residency year, and continued support while working toward a K08 or equivalent as a non-tenured faculty member following residency. Moreover, the PSTP candidate receives exceptional fundamental clinical training through an internship in medicine, pediatrics, or surgery at world-class Washington University-affiliated hospitals. At the completion of the second year of residency, and with the approval of the faculty and the American Board of  Dermatology, the PSTP candidate will spend approximately 80% laboratory time in the third residency year and may work in a laboratory of appropriate interest within any department at Washington University School of Medicine.


The residency program includes intensive one-on-one instruction in dermatopathology, Mohs, cutaneous and laser surgery, and pediatric dermatology. Clinical Grand Rounds that include many cases brought in by the private practice faculty, slide presentation sessions, basic and clinical science conferences, and journal club are held on a regular schedule throughout the year.

We are committed to the development of both outstanding clinicians and academicians in dermatology. Residents are encouraged to publish interesting case reviews during their training. Research fellowships are available for individuals interested in beginning or continuing research training after residency. Fellowships in procedural dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology and clinical pharmacology are available. Excellent research facilities are available in the Division of Dermatology and the Washington University Medical School complex to provide training in cell and molecular biology, protein chemistry and molecular genetics. Specific areas of research interest by the faculty can be found under the Faculty tab.


The Dermatology PSTP falls within the broader Oliver Langenberg Physician Scientist Program, the oldest institutionally endowed post-graduate physician scientist training program. As such, the Dermatology PSTP candidate receives guidance and support from the distinguished scientists directing the Oliver Langenberg PSTP while enjoying the comradery of PSTP candidates in other departments.


As an additional distinguishing characteristic, the Washington University Dermatology PSTP candidate may pursue research in an appropriate laboratory within any department and with PIs within the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University. Thus, the candidate may take full advantage of the cutting edge research in immunology, genomics, infectious diseases, and beyond at the Washington University, a top-5 NIH funded academic institution affiliated with 25 nobel laureates and currently home to the largest medical scientist training program in the country.

Eligible applicants include graduates with a combined MD-PhD degree or an MD degree and a strong record of basic science research experience.  Applicants will be required to apply through ERAS to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University Dermatology program and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University Internal Medicine-Preliminary program and submit the application for the Physician Scientist Training Program.


Quick Highlights of the Dermatology PSTP, part of the Oliver Langenberg PSTP


  • Support from the oldest institutionally-endowed physician scientist training program Exceptional clinical fundamentals attained during WashU-affiliated internship PSTP mentorship starts first day of internship Dinners, lunches, speaker series, and social events with PSTP candidates Education stipend during PGY1, PGY2, and PGY3 Salary bonus during PGY4
  • Opportunity to become an Instructor within the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology as PGY5 to continue as non-tenured research faculty
  • Mentored support throughout toward attainment of K08/equivalent
  • Opportunity to work in any appropriate department at Washington University