residency programs

Residency Training

We strive to recruit residents of high academic and personal quality who will develop into excellent clinicians, teachers, and scholars through our rigorous program. Some residents may choose to acquire subspecialty training through fellowships in dermatopathology, dermatological surgery, pediatric dermatology, or laser surgery. Others may choose to gain knowledge and skill in laboratory sciences, clinical research or related areas. We expect that a majority of our graduates will become part of the academic community on a full-time basis.

During their training, residents gain a vast perspective on skin disorders in adults and children through clinical rotations at six Harvard-affiliated hospitals. While on rotation, our residents care for patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, cumulatively treating more than 50,000 patients per year.


Advanced Dermatology Program

We offer a three-year program that leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Dermatology. Candidates for certification are required to have a total of four years of postgraduate training which includes a one-year Internship in the United States accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or a similar program in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Eligible programs include a first-year residency in internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine or a transitional year (formerly called flexible first postgraduate year).

Special Track Option

Residents in good standing may apply to the American Board of Dermatology to complete a special track program that combines two years of clinical training with one or more years of basic and/or clinical research aimed toward a career in academic dermatology. Residents interested in exploring a special track should declare their interest during their first year of dermatology training. The Harvard Dermatology faculty has always taken a keen interest in developing academic dermatologists and, in particular, in encouraging trainees to pursue careers in clinical or laboratory research.

An NIH T32 Training Grant provides supplemental funding to support the research activities of residents who pursue clinical or laboratory research following their clinical training. The research experience may take place within our own department or in other clinical and basic science departments at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, or affiliated institutions.

The Match Number for our Advanced Dermatology Program as found on the NRMP website is 1261080A0.  Our application deadline is October 1st.


Medicine-Dermatology Program

We have partnered with the Departments of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital to offer combined training in both medicine and dermatology.  . More about Med/Derm >

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