Instructions for Residency Applicants UCSF Department of Dermatology

We will be accepting applications through ERAS for positions when the system opens in the fall of 2017 for the 2019 match. We anticipate offering 7 positions through the upcoming match, 1-2 of which will be for our specialized 2+2 research track.

The Department does not have any residency positions available for July 2017 or July 2018 and we do not accept applications outside of the ERAS process or offer positions outside of the NRMP match.

Our Dermatology Resident Selection Committee selects from among eligible applicants on the basis of preparedness and ability to benefit from our Dermatology Residency Training Program. In the selection process, we consider aptitude, past academic performance, motivation, integrity, ability to work with others, interpersonal communication skills, and other unique characteristics. We seek candidates with high potential for leadership who will eventually give more to the specialty than they will take from it. We also seek candidates who put patients first, enjoy learning in busy clinical settings, and understand that learning dermatology also requires extensive reading and studying during evenings and weekends. We seek team players who work well with faculty, fellow trainees, other departments, staff, and patients.

The Department of Dermatology does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

We do not have a minimum cutoff for USMLE Step I exam scores, and give somewhat limited weight to these scores, though applicants with Step I scores below 220 need to show evidence of stellar clinical performance on difficult clinical rotations to be competitive. We do not require election to the AOA honor society.

We strongly urge applicants to seek rigorous internship training in preliminary internal medicine or pediatrics programs that are highly academic in nature. Our experience has been that trainees who select certain transitional year (TY) internships or internships in community hospitals that are not closely tied to an academic medical center struggle during their first year of dermatology residency. Currently, UCSF's internal medicine department is not offering preliminary positions. However, if you rank UCSF Dermatology, we expect you to apply for, interview with, and seek to match at a rigorous, academic preliminary internship program. If you have questions about which programs might meet those criteria, don't hesitate to ask during your UCSF dermatology interviews.

Application Process and Requirements

Residency applications must be received by the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and must be complete by October 1, 2017. To learn more about ERAS, please contact your medical school or visit the ERAS website. Applicants must provide the following to ERAS. We have no further application submission requirements beyond those of ERAS:

  • Application
  • Dean's Letter (Medical School Performance Evaluation)
  • Personal Statement (preferably not to exceed one page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Transcript of Grades
  • Minimum of three recommendation letters from physicians acquainted with you (we will accept up to four)
  • USMLE Scores

UCSF requires a passing score on USMLE Step II (both CS and CK) for all trainees beginning a UCSF GME program. To meet this requirement, the University requires that all residency training programs (including dermatology) only rank candidates who have taken the Step II exams and received a passing score reported to us through ERAS before the rank day deadline in February. If there is a valid reason why you cannot comply with this requirement, exceptions can be granted by our Dean's office on an individual basis, but we strongly urge all applicants to take their Step II exams in time to comply with this requirement.

Applicants for the residency training program must be students at or graduates of approved medical schools in the United States or Canada, and must successfully complete a preliminary (PGY-1) year before being eligible to begin dermatology residency training (PGY-2). We also accept applications from osteopathic (DO) physicians, but only after they have enrolled in an ACGME-accredited allopathic internship (PGY-1). We also accept applications from International Medical Graduates, but only if they have completed PGY-1 training in the US, hold a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and are eligible for a California Medical License as evidenced by a California Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter from the Medical Board of California. For detailed information on obtaining a California medical license, please go the Medical Board of California website.  We accept only J1 or H1B transfer Visas.

We also welcome applications from physicians with previous residency training beyond internship, particularly in internal medicine or pediatrics (even if their additional years of training make them ineligible for Medicare GME funding).

We have 2 tracks.  PLEASE APPLY FOR ONLY ONE TRACK.  Our traditional 3-year clinical dermatology track is (Dermatology - 1062080A0).  For applicants with additional training and research experience in fundamental/basic science, epidemiology, or population sciences who are seriously committed to an investigative career we offer our research training track.  If you are interested in our 2+2 research track, please indicate this track in ERAS (Derm-2+2/Scientists 1062080A1). 

Interview Process

We review applications in October, and most candidates who are selected for interview will be notified in November. A few additional candidates may be notified of interview offers after Thanksgiving week. Candidates selected for interview will be notified by e-mail and phone. Because of the enormous number of applications we receive (typically over 400), we unfortunately are unable to interview many impressive candidates, and those who are not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail. 

Interviews are an integral part of our selection process, allowing us to obtain supplemental information about you first-hand, as well as giving you an opportunity to ask questions and meet our faculty and residents. If you have a subspecialty interest, you may request to meet a specific faculty member and we will do our best to have him/her present on your interview day.

Interviews will be conducted on January 10 and January 17, 2018. All candidates for the Physician Scientist Program interview for one additional day, a total of two days.  These interviews will be January 9 and 10, 2018.

  • Application
  • Dean's Letter (Medical School Performance Evaluation)
  • Personal Statement (preferably not to exceed one page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Transcript of Grades
  • Minimum of three recommendation letters from physicians acquainted with you (we will accept up to four)
  • USMLE Scores

Selection Process (The Match)

Following interviews, final selection is made in March 2018 through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Program Contact Information

For information not found on this website, please contact Chris Walker at chris.walker@ucsf.edu or Laura Harrison at Laura.Harrison@ucsf.edu

Additional Information

Extensive information about our departmental residency program policies may be found in our Resident Handbook.

All interview candidates are invited to a dinner with our residents on the Tuesday evening preceding their interview day.
*Candidate interviews for the 2+2 program will be held over a period of 2 days in January (January 9 and 10). You will be asked to come for additional activities, including gatherings with our junior and senior research faculty to learn more about the 2+2 program. Each candidate will also do a very brief research presentation.
Candidates for the 3-year program will complete their interviews in one day and be done by 6pm on Wednesday, and will be offered on two separate dates in January (January 10 or 17).
Additional information about resident salaries, benefits, and institutional GME policies may be found at the UCSF GME website at: http://medschool.ucsf.edu/gme/

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