Residency Programs

Program Details

The University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Department of Dermatology provides many educational opportunities for residents, fellows, and medical students. We offer didactic lectures, consultations, inpatient rounding, grand rounds and other subspecialty rotations related to dermatology. Dermatopathology, microbiology, Mohs micrographic surgery, basic science lectures, seminars and conferences are all critical components of our training curriculum.

Clinical Rotations

First Year

The schedule for first-year dermatology residents will be structured as follows:

  • Nine months of outpatient clinics at UH Cleveland Medical Center / UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, which includes surgical clinics.

  • Two months of inpatient hospital consults – one month at UH Cleveland Medical Center / UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and one month at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

  • One month of dermatopathology at UH Cleveland Medical Center.

Second Year

The schedule for second-year dermatology residents will be structured as follows:

  • Five months of outpatient clinics at UH Cleveland Medical Center / UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

  • Two months of inpatient consults – one month at UH Cleveland Medical Center / UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and one month at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

  • One month of dermatopathology at UH Cleveland Medical Center.

  • Two months of research. Research projects are subject to approval from the Research Committee.

  • Two months of dermatologic surgery at UH Cleveland Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

Third Year

The schedule for third-year dermatology residents will be structured as follows:

  • Six months of outpatient clinics at UH Cleveland Medical Center / UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

  • Two months of inpatient consults at UH Richmond Medical Center, a campus of UH Regional Hospitals.

  • Two months of dermatopathology at UH Cleveland Medical Center.

  • Two months of dermatologic surgery at UH Cleveland Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

Demographic diversity: Outpatient clinics are located at UH Cleveland Medical Center and its satellite locations around the Cleveland area, offering residents the opportunity to see a diverse patient population in both urban and suburban settings.

Subspecialty exposure: Outpatient clinic rotations will expose residents to a variety of medically complex dermatologic conditions including cutaneous lymphoma, contact dermatitis, bullous disorders, pediatric dermatology, vascular anomalies, and transplant procedures. A multidisciplinary psoriasis clinic offers additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

Continuity clinic: Residents participate in a continuity clinic once per week. This clinic is supervised by the same attending dermatologist for all 3 years of residency, providing residents with the opportunity to follow patients longitudinally.

Inpatient consult dermatology: During inpatient consult months at UH Cleveland Medical Center, residents will see patients in the emergency department and inpatient units, including UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center. Residents on the inpatient consult rotation are also responsible for patients admitted to the inpatient dermatology service.

Dermatologic surgery: Surgical clinics include Mohs micrographic surgery, excisions, lasers and cosmetic procedures including botulinum toxin injections, fillers, and sclerotherapy.

Aesthetic dermatology: Every 2-3 months, for all three years of the program, residents will participate in a resident cosmetic clinic at UH Cleveland Medical Center.

Program improvement: The rotation schedule is subject to change on an annual basis or as needed based on programmatic needs.

Educational Curriculum

Didactics: Residents participate in 2 half-days per week of didactics time, with 50 percent of didactics given by faculty. In addition to general dermatology topics, other topics covered in didactics sessions include dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery, and basic science topics. A subspecialty textbook is also reviewed each year on a rotating basis, including topics such as pediatric dermatology, genodermatoses, and pharmacology. Residents pursuing the Osteopathic Track also attend osteopathic didactics and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) sessions monthly.

Self-study: In addition to didactics time, residents have study time built into their schedule.

Grand Rounds: City-wide dermatology grand rounds are held every Thursday morning, with participation by all dermatology residency programs in Cleveland. The conference is held twice per month at UH Cleveland Medical Center, once per month at MetroHealth Medical Center and once per month at the Cleveland Clinic. Grand rounds involve live patient viewing followed by case discussion.

Visiting Professor Program: Dermatologists and cutaneous biologists from outside institutions periodically give talks at grand rounds through the Visiting Professor Program.

Regional conference meetings: The Cleveland Dermatological Society holds meetings four times per year. These meetings are attended by approximately 200 community dermatologists along with faculty and residents from the academic teaching hospitals in Cleveland. Meetings include live patient viewing and presentations followed by discussions, which may be led by residents, faculty members or community dermatologists. Guest speakers also provide presentations. The fall meeting is hosted by UH Cleveland Medical Center, with residents writing abstracts, presenting posters and/or giving oral presentations.

Conference attendance: Each resident has days allocated for conference attendance, such as those hosted by the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Ohio Dermatological Association and others.

Research Curriculum

Dedicated time: Each resident has 2 months of dedicated time during their second year to participate in research.

Depth and breadth of projects: A huge variety of research is being conducted in the department, from basic science to clinical, including clinical trials. The Skin Study Center offers support for conducting research. See Clinical Research for more information about research.

Research retreat: Residents participate in a yearly department-wide research retreat, at which they will present their research and learn about other research being conducted by their colleagues within the department.

Academic track: A 2+2 research track is available for those residents who are interested. This involves two clinically-focused years, followed by two research-focused years.

Call

First call: First and second-year residents divide twelve months of “first call” equally beginning in September of their first year. Call is taken from home.

Second call: Third-year residents act as “second call” to back up the first call residents. Call is taken from home.

Stipends and Benefits

http://www.uhhospitals.org/services/dermatology/dermatology/clinical-education/dermatology-residency/stipends-and-benefits

Stipends

Residents are paid according to their level of training. The stipends, as of July 1, 2018:

PGY II (First Year): $59,400
PGY III (Second Year): $61,350
PGY IV (Third Year): $63,860
PGY V (Fourth/Academic Track Year): $65,920

Benefits

For benefits information, please visit UHWellness.org

http://www.uhhospitals.org/services/dermatology/dermatology/clinical-education/dermatology-residency/application-process

Application Process

Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Programs

Applications to our dermatology residency programs must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). For more detailed information on how to apply, click here.

MD Students/Applicants:

Applications for the 2019 match (advanced positions to begin July 1, 2020) must be submitted by October 1, 2018. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via email. Interviews will be conducted in December 2018 and January 2019 and final selections will be made through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

Your completed ERAS application must include the following:

  • Completed ERAS Application

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Personal statement. Please include the reason(s) why you want to train at University Hospitals.

  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

  • Medical school transcripts

  • Results of all USMLE Examination Scores

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from physicians in support of your application to the program.

Please make sure you are registered with the NRMP in order to participate in the match.

The NRMP program code for the MD program is: 1552080A0

Osteopathic Students/Applicants:

We are linking our Dermatology Osteopathic Track to the University Hospitals Regional Hospitals Traditional Rotating Internship Program (TRI). Please be sure to apply in ERAS for the LECOMT/UH Regional Hospitals Program (AOA number 138307) in addition to the Case Western Reserve University Dermatology/Osteopathic Residency Track Program. Prior Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) training is required in order to apply to this track.

Applications for the 2019 match (advanced positions to begin July 1, 2020) must be submitted by October 1, 2018. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via email. Interviews will be conducted in November 2018 and final selections will be made through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

Please make sure you are registered with the NRMP in order to participate in the match.

The NRMP program code for the Dermatology/Osteopathic track Program is: 1552080A1

Your completed ERAS application must include the following:

  • Completed ERAS Application

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Personal statement. Please include the reason(s) why you want to train at University Hospitals.

  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

  • Medical school transcripts

  • Results of all COMLEX/USMLE Examination Scores

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from physicians in support of your application to the program.

Please note, we place a higher value on a balanced and challenging medical/surgical elective curriculum, as opposed to a curriculum that is overly represented with dermatology electives.

Within our residency program, we offer an opportunity to pursue a four-year academic track from either the MD or Osteopathic DO track. This is identified in your second year of dermatology training and does not require a separate ERAS application. If you are interested in pursuing the four-year academic track program, please include this in your personal statement and email us at Kristina.Myers@UHhospitals.org.

Any questions regarding the application process to either program should be directed to:

Kristina Myers
Residency Program Coordinator
11100 Euclid Avenue
Lakeside 3500
Cleveland, OH 44106-5028
Phone: 216-844-5794
Fax: 216-844-8993
Email: Kristina.Myers@UHhospitals.org