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From the Director

Welcome to the UMass Chan Medical School Dermatology Residency Program website! We’ve had a fully accredited residency program since 1991 and we now have approval for 12 residents, taking four each year through the match. We pride ourselves in our supportive collegial environment, our extremely committed faculty and our balanced exposure to all aspects of dermatology.

We believe in a strong team approach to patient care. Our resident clinics are almost exclusively continuity clinics, which means that residents take ownership of their patients and see them over a extended period of time, often for the entire three years of residency. As a result, our graduates are comfortable working independently when they complete residency. This continuity is rarely found in other dermatology residency programs.

We have a robust conference schedule with several teaching sessions led by our talented faculty every week. This includes Monday morning conferences and some morning and noon conferences, for a total of 10 hours per week of faculty-led teaching sessions. Our faculty members are nationally-known speakers and researchers with varied interests. Many have had extensive leadership training through the American Academy of Dermatology.

We have strong formal and informal mentorship programs and a very high placement of residents into fellowships as well as academic departments. Fellowships are offered in procedural dermatology, dermatopathology and pediatric dermatology. Our residency has been commended by the Dermatology Residency Review Committee and our own Graduate Medical leadership for the quantity of research our residents perform. Each resident designs and implements their own patient safety/quality improvement initiative during residency.  Opportunities for volunteerism exist with our local free clinics, skin cancer screenings, Teddy Bear clinic, and AAD Camp Discovery Connecticut.  In addition, the AAD chose our residency program and only four others in the country to pilot a special curriculum in advocacy that began in 2018.

Dermatology residency is a special time in your education. At UMass Chan Medical School, you have the privilege of sharing that time with an amazing group of bright, hardworking and kind residents. The lifelong friendships with your fellow residents and faculty members are a special consideration in your journey.

Karen Wiss, MD  

Welcome from the Associate Program Director   

I am thrilled to be a new addition to the residency program leadership team!  As a graduate of the UMMS Dermatology Residency Program I can say firsthand that the Department of Dermatology is special. The collegiality is unparalleled. I keenly remember my interview day and feeling like I had met my dermatology family; there is an overwhelming and infectious joyfulness to the department. Faculty are accessible and engaged in resident education both in the clinic and through extensive didactics. Residents and faculty are on a first name basis, which furthers the collaboration and teamwork integral to excellent patient care. Continuity clinics encourage residents to be in charge of their patients and as a result they graduate with excellent skills, ready to excel either in fellowship or clinical practice. 

Julia Baltz, MD

Welcome from the Assistant Program Directors

I am what you call a UMass Lifer! After finishing medical school at UMass, I then experienced three fabulous years of residency training here at UMass followed by a peds derm fellowship. I have been on faculty every since.  
After being introduced to my dermatology family, I knew I wanted to help perpetuate that unmatched homey feeling for others going through their training. Now every day I look forward to seeing the residents that join my clinic. Sure, we talk esoteric dermatology differentials at length, but we also know about each other’s families, discuss careers plans, and know what each other watches on Netflix.  

I look forward to working with new members of the family! 

Leah Belazarian, MD

I have been extremely lucky to be a part of the Department of Dermatology family for almost 16 years! After finishing my dermatology residency and then Mohs surgery fellowship, I stayed on to join the wonderful faculty that had trained and inspired me. Since then I have had two exciting roles: assistant program director for the residency and program director for our surgical fellowship. I truly feel that UMMS gave me the best possible training in the areas of medical, surgical and pediatric dermatology and prepared me, as it does all our graduates, to either start practicing or enter into highly competitive fellowships.  Working with our residents in surgery, cosmetic and Mohs clinics, and watching their surgical skills and confidence blossom is one of my favorite things about my job.  We have an amazing group of residents and fellows who are fun, dedicated and talented.  Thanks for taking a look at our program!

Dori Goldberg, MD