The residency program was initially formed in 1958 and has continued full accreditation at five-year increments throughout that time period up until the present. Many of our physicians have been awarded Teaching Awards both within the Division as well as in the school-at-large.

The training program is approved through the ACGME for a complement of 19 dermatology residents for PGY years two through four and 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.



The residency program includes intensive one-on-one instruction in dermatopathology, Mohs micrographic surgery, cutaneous and laser surgery, and pediatric dermatology.

Residents rotate through a variety of clinical settings:

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

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 weekly with in-depth discussion of relevant literature in clinical and scientific journals.

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 applicants are interviewed for the residency positions.

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