Dermatology Residency

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

Academic Schedule


Mondays 7:30-8:30 a.m. Andrews/Bolognia Textbook Review and Boards Questions – Residents/Dr. Burkemper
Tuesdays  7 a.m. (first) or 7:30 a.m. Melanoma Conference
Mohs Resident Presents Second
Associate Program Director/Resident Meeting Third
Fourth Kodachromes - Faculty/Residents

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Spitz Review/Surgery Lecture Series/Special Lectures - Residents/Mohs Fellow/Faculty

Dermatology Competency Curriculum Feb-June — Faculty


7:30-8 a.m. Dermpath Unknowns – Dr. Vidal

8-10 a.m.
First Departmental and Resident Meeting
Second and Fourth Grand Rounds - Consult Attending
Third Journal Club (JAAD) and faculty lecture series —residents, faculty (full-time and volunteer) and visiting lecturers.

12-1 p.m. Rotators Lecture with residents and faculty

1-4:30 p.m. Resident Clinic—Supervised by full-time or volunteer faculty second and fourth

Peds Continuity Clinic—Dr. Siegfried

5-6 p.m. Hospital Rounds—Consult attending


7-8 a.m. Dermpath Review, Weedon - Dermpath Fellow/Dermpath Faculty

Rotation Schedule

First Year

  • One month Mohs
  • One month cosmetics
  • Two months pediatric dermatology
  • Seven months general dermatology
  • One month dermatopathology

Second Year

  • Two months Mohs
  • Two months adult consults/academic
  • One month cosmetics
  • One month pediatric dermatology
  • Four months general dermatology
  • Two months dermatopathology

Third Year

  • One month Mohs
  • Two months adult consults/academic
  • Two months cosmetics
  • One month pediatric dermatology
  • Five months general dermatology
  • One month dermatopathology
  • Weekly senior resident clinic

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.

Outside Conferences and Courses

Second year: Four days of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) (weekends inclusive).

Third year: Cutaneous Biology course at University of Indiana; Four days of the AAD (weekends inclusive) plus the Practice Management Symposium Day (one day).

In order to receive financial support for the AAD, a poster and lecture presentation must be submitted. A second meeting with financial support is allowed for second- and third-year residents to present academic works.


Each resident develops and completes a research project every year. This project can be clinical or basic science research. The results of this project are presented at the Saint Louis University Department of Dermatology Research Symposium in June of each year.

Every year the residents also present an interesting clinical case at our annual City Wide Grand Rounds held in conjunction with Washington University.

In addition to these research requirements, we have faculty members with subspecialty training in dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology and pediatric dermatology and opportunities are constantly available for residents with a specific area of interest to become involved in academic activities. Our research coordinator, research fellows and a statistician are accessible to the residents to help with academic projects.

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.