Residency Program Overview

Our program objectives are:

  • To prepare you for a future practice of dermatology based on the virtues of compassionate care and sound clinical judgment paired with a passion for the advances of technology and basic science in this specialty.
  • To deliver to you a world-class education using a structured framework that will guide you as you attain the abilities and understanding required for the evaluation and acquisition of new knowledge through an evidence-based approach to dermatology.
  • To foster in you the mindset and habits required not only to achieve your certification in dermatology, but to continue to grow and expand the science and practice of this field.

Teaching Opportunities

Residents have the opportunity to teach U-M Medical School students and visiting students from other medical schools through bedside instruction and formal didactic lectures. Other teaching opportunities offered are offered through the Service and Professionalism Project.


To ensure that participants acquire adequate knowledge and develop their technical skills, participants' performance is monitored carefully throughout residency training. Residents are evaluated formally by supervising faculty members. Residents also evaluate the faculty regularly to ensure that educational needs are being met. The evaluation process assesses the ACGME core competencies.

Career Development

Residents meet periodically with various faculty members, administrators and the program director to discuss professional goals. UMHS recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs.

Practice Management and Improvement

Administrative, regulatory, ethical, and legal issues are major aspects of medicine today and are covered continually during clinics and in conferences. As a U-M Dermatology resident you will learn how to work on practice-based improvement projects through participation in departmental administrative activities and work groups. Practice management discussions teach administrative aspects of the department. In these sessions, you will explore various topics including the challenges of managing a University department as well as issues related to private practice management.

Research Commitment

Dermatology residents are encouraged to collaborate with clinical faculty to develop clinical case reports and similar studies; as well as to participate in ongoing research within the department's Program for Clinical Research in Dermatology.

Residents have 25 to 30 intermittent half days available yearly to develop case reports. We analyze each research project to assess the time it will require and schedule time to accomplish the project goals. A project may require a half-day of release for up to 50 consecutive weeks.

Our residents' success in their research endeavors is evident in the publications and presentations related to their efforts. Residents are encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation at national meetings.

For residents with strong research and academic interest, our 2+2 Research Track Residency includes one additional year of training, specifically intended for a defined research project.