SSM Health/Saint Louis University offers a one-year ACGME-accredited dermatopathology fellowship program sponsored by the Department of Dermatology. Nicole Burkemper, M.D., serves as fellowship director, and M. Yadira Hurley, M.D., serves as associate fellowship director.
The fellowship is open to physicians who have completed a residency in either dermatology or pathology and is designed to train individuals to function as independent dermatopathologists. Though our program is accredited for two positions, one fellow is accepted each year. Our goal is to have one dermatology-trained fellow and one pathology-trained fellow.
About the Application Cycle
Our fellowship is filled through the 2025-2026 academic year.
- In accordance with the ASDP's current recommended timeline, we will accept applications for a July 1, 2026 start date starting July 1, 2024. The deadline to receive materials is Aug. 15, 2024.
- An interview date is TBD. A formal offer will be made in the fall of 2024.
Required Application Materials
To apply, email the documents below to Dermatology Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator Joey Weissmann at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: It is much appreciated to have all documents including LORs sent from a coordinator to keep applicant files together and complete. A standard CAP is not needed.
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation (one from current program director)
- Medical school transcripts (unofficial copy is OK)
- USMLE (unofficial copy is OK)
About SLU's Dermatopathology Training
All faculty members in the dermatopathology division are board certified in dermatology or pathology, as well as in dermatopathology, and have diverse interests.
The program provides training in the morphologic evaluation of inflammatory skin disease and cutaneous neoplasms, use of histochemical and immunohistochemical stains, and evaluation of direct immunofluorescence specimens.
The dermatopathology specimen caseload for the fellowship includes approximately 57,000 routine dermatopathology surgical specimens, 300 consult specimens, and 450 direct immunofluorescence skin specimen panels. The program also provides the opportunity for instruction in the interpretation of frozen and permanent Mohs micrographic surgery specimens. Rotations to evaluate electron microscopy are also available.
For dermatologists, the fellowship involves surgical pathology training in the Saint Louis University Department of Pathology and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Pathology-trained fellows will participate in clinics in the Department of Dermatology, completing clinical requirements with an emphasis in clinicopathologic correlations.
Research in either the Department of Dermatology or Department of Pathology is required. Fellows actively teach medical students and residents and participate in didactic conferences as appropriate to previous residency training.
Meet Our Current Dermatopathology Fellow
Peter Chow, M.D.
Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Undergraduate School: Syracuse University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Intern year Program: Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego
Dermatology interests: Skin cancers and in-patient dermatology
Moment you first saw yourself as a dermatologist: Third year of medical school, when I was interested in the balance and close association between pathology and clinical dermatology
Extracurricular interests: Golf, cycling, tennis
If you were a dermatology diagnosis you would be: Granuloma Annulare