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Dermatology Residency

Dermatology Residents


The Department of Dermatology at Saint Louis University offers four residency training positions each year in its Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited program.

The three-year residency is supervised by 12 faculty members and provides outstanding clinical training in:

  • Medical dermatology
  • Mohs surgery and cutaneous oncology
  • Cosmetic dermatology, including injectable fillers and laser therapy, sclerotherapy and aesthetician services
  • Dermatopathology
  • Pediatric dermatology
  • Phototherapy
  • Contact dermatitis and patch testing

It also includes experience in consultative dermatology at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and as part of a multidisciplinary cutaneous lymphoma clinic.

For more information about our program, please visit our listing in the FRIEDA/AMA online database.

Curriculum Overview

Residents participate in daily morning conference in one or more of the following areas and are led by the following faculty:

  • Dermatology Textbook Review: A. Mary Guo, M.D.
    Weedon Skin Pathology Textbook Review: Patricia Ann Missall, M.D., Ph.D., and Claudia I. Vidal, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Morphology (Kodachrome) Lecture: All Faculty
  • Spitz/Peds Dermatology Conference: All Faculty
  • Dermatopathology Unknown Slide Conference: Claudia I. Vidal, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Dermatologic Surgery/Cosmetic Dermatology Curriculum: Ramona Behshad, M.D., and Ramona Behshad, M.D.
  • Basic Science Curriculum: Nicole M. Burkemper, M.D., Patricia Ann Missall, M.D., and Claudia I. Vidal, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Multidisciplinary Melanoma and Other Skin Tumors Group Conference: Ian Maher, M.D.
  • Grand Rounds: Consult Attending
  • Dermatologic Literature Review: Sofia Chaudhry, M.D.
  • Cosmetic Dermatology Literature Review: Natalie L. Semchyshyn, M.D.
  • Pediatric Dermatology Literature Review: Elaine C. Siegfried, M.D.
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Curriculum: Nicole M. Burkemper, M.D.
  • Faculty Areas of Interest Lectures
  • Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Outside Conferences and Courses

Residents have the opportunity to attend the following national meetings, some based on level of training:

 For residents with scoring at or above the 75th percentile on the annual American Board of Dermatology’s In-Training Exam, a two week away elective sponsored by the Graduate Medical Education office is offered as an additional educational opportunity. 

Rotation Schedule

Residents participate in one of the following month-long rotations:

  • General dermatology clinics
  • Mohs dermatologic surgery clinic
  • Cosmetic dermatology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Consultation Service at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

To provide experience in continuity of care, residents follow their patients in Resident Continuity Clinic throughout their three years of training. Residents have their own schedules which they manage with resident clinic faculty guidance. Third-year residents also have weekly Senior Resident Clinic on Tuesday mornings.

Resident Surgery Clinics are scheduled two-three times each month.

Call Schedule

All call is taken from home.

First- and second-year residents rotate on-call duties on a weekly basis. The third year residents act as backup call during the entire year and also rotate duties on a weekly basis.

Vacation Schedule

Three weeks (15 vacation days) per year to be taken as two, one-week blocks and one week that can be split up.

Texts and Tools

The following texts and tools are provided at no cost to incoming dermatology residents:

  • Dermatology: Two-volume set (Bolognia)
  • Weedon’s Skin Pathology
  • 3Gen Dermlite dermatoscope


Residents are required to participate in clinical research during their three-year residency and are expected to complete (Institutional Review Board) IRB and Conflict of Interest training upon entry into the program. Opportunities for studies include drug company sponsored studies within the department, which are coordinated by the clinical study coordinator and the clinical research fellows. Investigator-initiated studies are also encouraged. Statistics assistance is provided by Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., a biostatistician at the SLU Center for Health Outcomes Research, who is available for one-on-one consultation.

An IRB-approved end-of-the-year academic project is required of all first and second-year residents. Third-year residents are required to complete a quality improvement or patient safety project. Each resident works with a faculty mentor on these academic projects, which are presented at the annual Research Symposium/Graduate Achievement Day in June.

Application Process

Our department uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to process all applications. Our ERAS deadline is October 31. Candidates will be notified by email by the first week of December and interviews are held on select Thursdays in January.

All positions are filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). U.S. medical school graduates who have previously completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in the United States are eligible to apply. Foreign medical graduates must have completed one year of postgraduate medical training in the U.S. in an ACGME-accredited program and must possess a U.S. Permanent Resident Card or a J-1 Visa to be eligible.