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Mission statement

The mission of the Dermatology Residency Program is to train well-rounded clinicians, educators, and leaders who can achieve their career goals in a supportive, scholarly and collegial environment while providing outstanding care to advance the health and well-being of the diverse population in Central Massachusetts. We are looking for residents who excel in clinical care, interpersonal skills, professionalism, teamwork and who are likely to contribute in meaningful ways to our specialty in the future. We aim to find residents who represent the diverse community we serve.

Application review

For many years we have undertaken a holistic review of dermatology applicants.  We do not exclude applicants based on USMLE scores, allopathic vs. osteopathic, location of medical school (foreign or U.S), or prior residencies. In the past, we have required a response to a brief supplemental statement listed below. For the 2022 ERAS® cycle, our program will be participating in the supplemental ERAS application offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants will be required to complete the MyERAS application, and participation in the supplemental ERAS application is optional.

Each application is randomly assigned to a faculty member for review and applications are distributed evenly among faculty as much as possible. Those applicants under consideration for an interview are reviewed by a second faculty member and then the entire faculty. Selection for an interview is based on performance in core rotations, letters of recommendations, demonstration of leadership and interests that align with Department of Dermatology strengths. We do give some priority to those who have ties to New England. UMMS medical students receive special consideration in our process. Those from underrepresented minorities in medicine are given special review.  We will be giving special review to those who provide us with tokens this year.

Supplemental statement

We will be encouraging completion of the ERAS Supplemental Application in order for a candidate to be considered for 2021-2022.

Interview dates

Interviews are by invitation only.  We have received more than 500 applications per year for our three positions. We will have 4 regular positions in the main 2021 match and an R1 position. We typically interview about 30 applicants. As a result, there are numerous extremely qualified individuals who are not offered an interview. This year, we will be participating in the Dermatology Coordinated Interview Invite Release on Monday, November 29, 2021.  Interviews will be held virtually on Friday, January 7, 2022, Monday, January 10, 2022, and Friday, January 21, 2022.  We will also be offering a virtual Meet and Greet on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 7-8 PM EDT for those who have shown a particular interest in our program. 

Interview process

We will be holding virtual interviews for the 2021-2022 interview season.  There will be an opportunity to meet with residents and with all faculty members in interviews. We will not record any part of the interviews and will ask applicants to sign a consent agreeing not to record.

After interviews, we will be happy to answer any questions and receive any correspondence.  However, we do not expect or encourage communication from applicants after the interview.  Likewise, to ensure a fair match process, we will not communicate with applicants after the interviews.

Available positions

We offer four PGY2 positions and an R1 position in the next match cycle and we participate in the NRMP.