• The goal of the Residency Program is to develop future leaders in both research and clinical medicine. Flexibility within the program allows for the acquisition of fundamental working knowledge in all subspecialties of dermatology. All residents are taught a scholarly approach to patient care, aimed at integrating clinicopathologic observation with an understanding of the basic pathophysiologic processes of normal and abnormal skin.

  • Penn’s Residency Program consists of conferences, seminars, clinical rotations, research, and an opportunity to participate in the teaching of medical students. An extensive introduction into the department and the clinic/patient care service is given to first-year residents. A distinguished clinical faculty and research faculty, coupled with the clinical and laboratory facilities, provides residents with comprehensive training. An appreciation of and participation in the investigative process is an integral part of our residency.

  • Graduates frequently earn clinical or basic science fellowship appointments at universities across the country. Examples of these include: pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery, dermatoedpidemiology, postdoctoral and Clinical Educator fellowships. Additional post graduate training has occurred at the NIH and CDC. Over 80% of our graduates in the last 10 years are in academic medicine, on faculty at Harvard School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Penn State Medical Center, Pittsburgh School of Medicine, University of Vermont, Johns Hopkins, University of Iowa, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Washington University School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, University of Massachusetts, MD Anderson and the University of California San Francisco. Additionally, some enter private practice to become pillars of community medicine.

Residency Experience

Learn about the program from the residency director, William D. James, MD
Hear about living in Philadelphia from our Residents
Aimee Payne, MD
Alain Rook, MD
Rosalie Elenitsas, MD
Christopher Miller, MD
Victoria Werth, MD
Jim Treat, MD
Sara Samimi, MD

Residency Tracks

  • Combined Medicine and Dermatology Track

    A five-year training program leading to board certification in both Internal Medicine and Dermatology is available at Penn. Graduates of this program often care for our specialty’s sickest patients, providing inpatient consultative services or outpatient care of complex medical illnesses.
  • Cutaneous Oncology (CTCL) and Dermatology Track

    A four-year training program leading to a specialized expertise in lymphoma and melanoma is available at Penn. The first year is dedicated to working with experts in these diseases, while the final three years follows the typical three year residency track.
  • Research Track

    Residents with an interest in pursuing a career in investigative dermatology may elect to shorten their clinical training in order to enter the laboratory in September of their third year. Physician-scientists are critical to the vitality of our specialty and many graduates are successful in this career path.
  • Health Care Quality and Leadership Track

    The HLQ Residency Track spans across many departments at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and provides structured didactics in the fundamentals of patient safety and systems analysis, principles of healthcare quality, outcomes measurement, introduction to Penn’s quality infrastructure, and leadership. Additionally, each resident completes a longitudinal quality project during the final 2 years of residency and receives personal mentorship by top level hospital administrators.
  • Global Health Track

    A special experience in global medicine is available on average to two residents per year. In addition to global medicine course work, a four-week rotation at Princess Mariana Hospital and surrounding communities in Botswana is part of the program directed by Drs. Carrie Kovarik and Victoria Williams. Teledermatology consultations from around the world also enhance the experience. An initiative by Dr. Rudolf Roth, who has built bridges with the residency program in Guatemala, also has led to opportunities for exchange visits with this program and humanitarian / teaching trips at least yearly. Started in 2007, there have been 17 graduates in the last 8 years; most of whom are on academic faculty at various medical centers around the country.