Medical School

Department of Dermatology

Dermatology Residency

About the program

The Dermatology residency program consists of three years of Dermatology specialty training after one has completed a preliminary or transitional year. Unlike many other residency programs that are based at only one or two teaching settings, the University of Minnesota Dermatology program are based at four teaching sites for you to explore several different practice styles, see a diverse group of patients, and encounter a vast number of Dermatological disorders. A robust procedural, pediatric and Dermatopathology curriculum complement the solid medical Dermatology curriculum. This hands-on training provides you with an exceptional education that will prepare you for any aspect of Dermatology practice.

The program is based at the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, and residents rotate through the Dermatology services of the following sites:


In addition to clinical experience in a variety of settings, our curriculum includes:

  • Grand Rounds series in which residents present clinical cases, describe Dermatologic related findings, outline a differential diagnosis, and discuss treatment plans
  • Clinical lectures led by University, visiting, and community-based faculty
  • Invited guest speakers
  • Web-based lecture series
  • Basic science lectures
  • Journal clubs in which residents review and critique articles with faculty
  • Surgical didactic and hands-on teaching sessions 
  • Structured textbook reviews
Program information

ACGME Program number: 0802631048
NRMP number: 1334080A0 (call 1-866-617-5837)
Medical Education Research: Ben Bornsztein, PhD
Program Coordinator: Falon Bochniak, 612-624-9964,

How to apply

All residency positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program. Invitations to interview and appointments to the program are offered by the Residency Selection Committee. American Medical Graduates should contact their Dean’s Office for information. International Medical Graduates should contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Click here for a link to the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) Application Kit. No paper applications will be accepted. The application deadline is October 30th. We do not accept applications after this deadline. We understand that some Dean's letters will arrive soon after the deadline has passed. We will offer two interview days in December and dinner with our residents will take place the evening prior to the interviews.

International Medical Graduates must be able to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement for ECFMG certification. There are no special requirements for international medical graduate applicants other than being ECFMG-certified.

The Dermatology program begins at the PGY-2 level. We will be filling 5 positions to begin July 1, 2016 (start date at the University of Minnesota for PGY-2). The University of Minnesota’s Dermatology Residency Program accepts only J-1 visas.

Residency program FAQ

When is the application due date?
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. central time on Friday, October 30th. We will be filling 4 Dermatology PGY-2 positions to commence July 1, 2017. Transitional Year programs begin July 1, 2016.

Will you have any PGY-2 positions available for July 1, 2016?

Is there a USMLE score cut-off?
The most competitive applicants will be invited to interview. Generally, we will not consider applicants with a USMLE Step 1 score below 230 but all applications will be reviewed.

What visas do you accept?
We only accept J-1 visas.

How many letters of recommendation are required?
Our program requires that you have a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation in addition to the dean’s letter.

What format for Letters of Recommendation are accepted / preferred?
We will accept both standardized and narrative-style letters.

Who should I get letters of recommendation from?
Try to get letters from dermatologists. Letters from academic dermatologists are highly desired.

Do you restrict applicants that have already completed a residency?
No- we will consider all applications.

Do you accept foreign medical graduates that have not had clinical experience in the US?
We will consider foreign medical graduates whether they have clinical experience in the USA or not. Each application will be considered on a case by case basis. Foreign medical graduates must be ECFMG certified to be considered.

How much research experience is required to apply?
We do not require any research experience but it is highly desirable.

Are USMLE Step 2 CK and or CS required prior to an invitation to interview or prior to the match list submission date?
USMLE Step 1 is required upon application. USMLE Step 2 CK and or CS scores are not required to interview.


Contact our Dermatology Residency Program Coordinator at (612) 624-9964, or e-mail

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