Since 1958, the Washington University dermatology residency program has trained dermatologists at the top of our field, whether they pursue primarily clinical careers in academic or private settings or a blend of basic or translational science with clinical work. Our diverse patient population, high-volume clinical practice, and multiple settings in urban and suburban environments ensure that our residents not only graduate with superb clinical and procedural skills but also feel comfortable caring for patients with the range of dermatologic conditions. Excellence in general and complex medical dermatology is combined with sub-specialty expertise in micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology, dermatopathology, and pediatric dermatology to provide a balanced training experience. Additional clinics in chronic itch, cutaneous lymphoma, alopecia, connective tissue disease, and high-risk cutaneous oncology provide our residents with unique learning opportunities.

With a complement of 19 dermatology residents for PGY years two through four, our program is one of the largest in the nation. The residency program is approved for three years of training by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Many of our residency graduates have gone on to become nationally and internationally renowned in a variety of specialties.

Residents 2019-2020


Program Director:
Ilana Rosman, MD

Associate Program Director: 
Kara Sternhell-Blackwell, MD


The residency program includes a progressive curriculum that focuses on general and complex medical dermatology from the first year, with additional specialty clinic exposure over time. Residents also gain intensive experience in dermatologic surgery, pediatric dermatology, and dermatopathology from the first year of residency and throughout their training.

Residents rotate through a variety of clinical settings:

Didactic sessions include clinical unknowns, attending clinical lectures, dermatopathology lectures, and dermatopathology unknowns at the microscope .

Every Thursday, our Dermatology Grand Rounds is held, bringing together our residents and faculty with dermatologists from the St. Louis community to discuss interesting and challenging patient cases. Additionally, Grand Rounds includes a series of talks by nationally-recognized speakers as well as student and resident presentations.

Dermatology Journal Club is held three times each month with in-depth discussion of relevant literature in clinical and scientific journals. Additional residents sessions include a career development series, ethics discussions, and diversity, equity and inclusion sessions.

Application process

The Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Dermatology participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Each year, six to seven individuals who have completed an approved internship or training in another specialty are selected as first year residents. There is also a dedicated track for individuals interested in pursuing additional research training in our Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP). Approximately 40-45 applicants are interviewed for the residency positions.

The Division of Dermatology is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive learning environment and encourages applications from students who are underrepresented in medicine, including individuals whose personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, health condition or disability place them at risk for conscious or unconscious bias or discrimination.

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