Department of Dermatology

Core Investigation Elective Tracks

Elective Tracks for Academic Dermatologist

The department's residency program curriculum includes two elective tracks for academic dermatologists. The goal of the the elective tracks are to provide mentoring and support to senior dermatology residents who have an interest in pursuing an academic career.


Clinician-Scientist Track


  • To prepare for a career as a clinician with a strong focus on laboratory-based investigation
  • Provide strong clinical and research mentoring
  • Develop a publication track record that will make trainee competitive for NIH or similar research funding


  • Traditional "2+2" program
  • 2 years of clinical dermatology residency
  • 2 years with approximately 20% of time spent seeing patients, 80% of time spent in laboratory-based investigation

Clinician-Educator / Clinician-Investigator Track


  • To prepare for a career as an academic clinician with a focus on education or clinical investigation
  • To provide strong mentoring and career guidance
  • To develop a program tailored to the career interests of the resident that will provide clinical training in an area of interest
  • To provide trainee with guidance and support to perform and publish clinical research within area of interest


  • Year 1: Clinical dermatology residency
  • Year 2: Devise a mentoring committee, present clinical and research training plan, prepare for research project (IRB approval, etc)
  • Year 3: Clinical training in general dermatology and area of interest, time for research