The Dermatology Residency Training Program at the University of Chicago, under the direction of Dr. Sarah Stein, Associate Professor, and Dr. Arlene Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Clinical Associate, is dedicated to providing the prospective dermatologist a diverse and stimulating clinical experience. The program strives to enhance the overall profession of dermatology by encouraging graduates to devote a large part of their careers to dermatology, to apply their knowledge compassionately and ethically, and to contribute their work to the field’s scientific foundations.

The program seeks to foster collegiality, scholarship, professionalism, and accountability. These core values provide the foundation for excellence in education, patient care, and research in dermatology. The program strives to embody these values by: (1) promoting an open, respectful, and cooperative work environment; (2) creating and disseminating knowledge; (3) practicing in a humanistic manner; and (4) adhering to a strong work ethic, while encouraging self-improvement, rewarding excellence, and providing meaningful feedback.

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Residency Training Overview

The Dermatology Residency Training Program provides a continuous base of active participatory study and experience in dermatology. The three-year program was originally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 1955, is fully accredited, and will have its next ACGME review in 2017. The program generally accepts three or four residents each academic year, dependent upon needs.

Minimum requirements for admission to our residency program are:

  • M.D. or equivalent degree
  • Completion of a preliminary training year in a broad-based clinical specialty (medicine, pediatrics, etc.) in a certified training program
  • For graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada, appropriate certification by the USMLE/FLEX
  • Applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or green card holders must be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

The faculty intends that all graduates of The University of Chicago dermatology residency program will enjoy a long and fruitful medical practice, attain fulfillment and success in their personal career goals, and benefit humanity through the ethical practice of dermatology. To that end, we expect that by graduation all of our trainees will have accomplished or achieved the following:

  • Acquisition of a knowledge and skill base in dermatology and all its subspecialties that:
    • Permits a thoughtful and scientifically sound approach to the differential diagnosis and the effective medical and surgical management of skin diseases;
    • Confers a level of expertise worthy of specialist-consultant status;
    • Satisfies all requirements of the American Board of Dermatology and ensures successful board certification;
    • Prepares graduates for a lifetime of continued professional and intellectual growth, including further subspecialization within dermatology in the form of fellowships, if so desired.
  • Contribution to the knowledge base of dermatology through one or more peer-reviewed publications.
  • Skill in the teaching of dermatology, including making formal presentations to medical colleagues, and educating patients and the public about skin care.
  • Demonstration, throughout the three years of residency, of the highest level of professionalism in patient care, learning, teaching, and interaction with faculty, peers, students, visitors, and ancillary staff.