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The Dermatology Residency curriculum is broad-based and designed to:

  1. Produce graduates who are comfortable in all aspects of medical, surgical and pediatric dermatology;
  2. Utilize varied and complementary training sites to ensure comfort in treating a patient base that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and health literacy;
  3. Expose residents to a broad offering of aesthetic procedures, with regular hands-on participation;
  4. Provide in-depth education in dermatopathology allowing for more sophisticated understanding of skin disease;
  5. Leverage a comprehensive didactic series to reinforce and build upon clinical education;
  6. Engage residents in the creation, design and execution of impactful research and quality improvement projects;
  7. Encourage niche development and leadership via intentional mentorship and elective opportunities;
  8. Focus on health disparities and high medical costs as critical challenges and engage residents in creatively addressing these issues;
  9. Produce comfort in the delivery of care through telemedicine platforms, both synchronous and asynchronous;
  10. Cultivate the skills and passion for lifelong learning, critical analysis and evidence-based practice.

Resident Rotations

First Year

The focus is on broad exposure to general dermatology. Most of the year is spent in general dermatology clinics at the VA, Trinity Clinic and Buda clinic, plus at least two weeks of dermatopathology and one month of pediatric dermatology. The program ensures first-years serve as primary surgeon (with direct supervision) for a large number of the excisions to ensure they quickly build their surgical confidence.

Second Year

The second year is heavy in subspecialty experiences. Residents train for two months each in pediatric dermatology, procedural dermatology (Mohs surgery, lasers, etc.), and inpatient consults, as well as one month of dermatopathology, while also staying involved in general dermatology clinics.

Third Year

The third year is a blend of subspecialty and general dermatology training, with substantial autonomy and leadership roles in the clinics. A typical third-year schedule includes two months of inpatient consults, one to two months of procedural dermatology (Mohs surgery, lasers, etc.), one month of pediatric dermatology, one month of dermatopathology and six months of general dermatology.

All Years

Residents also have a half-day each week of continuity clinic throughout all three years of their training (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday morning) based at CommUnityCare, serving a largely underserved population. All first-year residents have their resident continuity procedure clinic one Friday afternoon a month. Upper-level resident continuity procedure clinic occurs on Thursday afternoons on a rotational basis. Resident cosmetic clinic occurs one separate Friday afternoon a month.

Residents of all years rotate through medical dermatology subspecialty clinics including pigmentary disorders clinic, cutaneous lymphoma clinic, photodynamic therapy clinic, pigmented lesion clinic, hidradenitis/follicular disorder clinic, hyperhidrosis clinic, pediatric derm-rheum clinic and vascular anomalies clinic. Third-year residents also rotate through vulvar disorders clinic. Additionally, on the Mohs rotation, the resident participates in interprofessional melanoma and transplant/high-risk skin cancer clinics and venous disorders clinic.

Most general dermatology sites offer telemedicine as well, so residents get ample exposure in managing patients virtually, starting from year one.

On all rotations except inpatient consults and Mohs, residents also have one half-day per week of admin time to work on research or quality improvement projects, studying or other academic pursuits.

Residents also have two weeks of elective time, plus two “flex” weeks of research or additional elective time that may be used during any year of residency.

Residents take five to six weeks per year of evening and weekend call on average, with first years initially taking “buddy call” with a third-year resident.

Didactic Curriculum

Divisional didactics occur weekly on Tuesday from 7 to 8 a.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to noon. Regular components of the didactic series include:

  • Grand Rounds
  • Inpatient check-out rounds
  • Journal club
  • Pediatric clinicopathologic correlation conference
  • Visual diagnosis (aka kodachrome) conference
  • Medical dermatology faculty lecture series
  • Pediatric dermatology faculty lecture series
  • Surgical dermatology faculty lecture series, including cosmetics
  • Surgical defect rounds
  • Dermatopathology faculty lecture series; scope time; unknowns (7 to 8 a.m. every Friday)
  • Professional development: leadership workshops, lectures, book club, etc.
  • Textbook conference
  • Group wellness activities
  • Visiting guest lectures, including the Annual Founders Lecture

The program highly encourages residents to present at conferences and offers protected time and funding for conference attendance each year (on top of the AAD) if residents are presenting their work.

The curriculum is not limited to clinical medicine. Integral to didactics is a professional development and leadership curriculum co-chaired by a faculty member and a third-year resident. It includes book clubs, discussion circles, guest speakers and workshops addressing topics such as emotional intelligence, successful negotiation and anti-racism.

Average Week Schedule


  • 8 a.m. to noon: Clinical Rotations
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Clinical Rotations


  • 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.: Textbook Conference
  • 8 a.m. to noon: Clinical Rotations
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Clinical Rotations


  • 8 a.m. to noon: Clinical Rotations
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Clinical Rotations


  • 8 a.m. to noon: Clinical Rotations
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Clinical Rotations & Upper-Level Procedure Continuity Clinic


  • 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.: Dermpath Didactics
  • 8 a.m. to noon: Divisional Didactics & Grand Rounds
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Clinical Rotations, Resident Cosmetic Clinic & First-Year Procedure Continuity Clinic