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Residency Program

Combining patient care experience with didactic learning, our resident physicians become masters of the diagnosis, treatment and basic understanding of the skin. The goal of the Johns Hopkins Dermatology Residency Program is to provide a learning environment that will foster the development of the professional, academic, clinical, and technical skills necessary to provide competent, compassionate care for patients.

Principles of diagnosis and treatment are taught progressively throughout the three years of training.  The residency program emphasizes continuity of care and is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of all aspects of dermatology, including medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.

The Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology Residency Program

Johns Hopkins offers one of the most comprehensive and dynamic dermatology residency programs in the U.S.


Our Mission

The mission of the Johns Hopkins Dermatology residency program is to provide comprehensive dermatologic training to all of our residents in all aspects of our field and its practice. Our program directorship and faculty seeks to train future leaders in the field of dermatology, while also fostering excellence in research, clinical care, and teaching. The culture of our program supports each resident in career development, personal growth, and lifelong learning. In so doing, we serve our diverse local community's dermatologic needs with compassionate, evidence-based patient care, and contribute to the dermatologic care of our global community through development and innovation. At all times we emphasize our institute's core values: excellence and discovery; leadership and integrity; diversity and inclusion; respect and collegiality.

I chose to do my dermatology residency at Johns Hopkins because of its unparalleled diversity in every front. I wanted to be a part of a residency program that recognized the value of inclusion and appreciated the concept of an all-embracing ideology, which was clearly demonstrated in the program’s vast number of specialty clinics and diverse faculty and patient populations.

Here at Johns Hopkins, I have been given the opportunity of not only becoming a good dermatologist but also an overall excellent physician.

-Dr. Amarachi Eseonu, PGY-4, current chief resident

Our Program's Aims

  1. To provide our trainees with an outstanding basic science, clinical, and procedural foundation in general and subspecialty dermatology;
  2. To train our residents to provide excellent and comprehensive dermatologic care to all patients, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or socioeconomic status;
  3. To expose our residents to various stages of clinical and translational research during their time in residency, so that they may contribute to the field of dermatology through discovery and innovation for years to come;
  4. To provide the tools, knowledge, connections, and background needed to promote our trainees' career development, such that we train future leaders in our field;
  5. To lead by example in our practice of medicine as we promote integrity, foster team building and leadership, respect for others and collegiality.


Residents rotate to several sites, including the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center clinic, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center clinic, Pediatric Dermatology division, Greenspring Station Cosmetic Center clinic, Surgery division, Dermatopathology division, inpatient consultations, and elective rotations.

Resident Research

One highlight of our program is that second and third year residents are allocated a half-day per week of protected time to work exclusively on research projects. Partnering with a full-time faculty member, residents develop a research proposal to explore an area of specialty interest. Current resident research foci include assessing the degree of cell-medicated rejection of skin on limb grafts, infrared imaging of pigmented lesions, teledermatology, retinoid pharmacology, microbiome, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers and post inflammatory dyspigmentation. Johns Hopkins Dermatology is committed to excellence in academic training, and providing research opportunities for residents is a core element of this mission.

The Department also offers a 2+2 combined clinical and research training track in which the final two years are dedicated to providing mentored basic, translational and/or clinical research training to develop future clinician-scientists in dermatology.

How to Apply

The Department of Dermatology participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which was developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges to transmit residency application, letters of recommendation, Dean's Letters, transcripts and other supporting credentials from medical schools to our Program using the Internet. The program also participates in the National Match.

Applications should be completed in ERAS by October 21 for consideration.

Dermatology Residency Program Open House | Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine's dermatology residency program hosts an open house with various dermatology residents and faculty.


Program Faculty


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, the program was visited and reaccredited by the ACGME in 2009.

  • Between 500 and 550 applications are reviewed each year. Approximately 45 candidates are invited for interviews.

  • The Department of Dermatology participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which provides the opportunity for both our Residency Training Program and applicants to consider all of the options in graduate medical education before making selection decisions.  The Director of Residency Training Program reviews applications with the assistance of the faculty. Interested candidates should submit applications through the ERAS program by October 21.

  • Applicants to the training program must plan on completing an accredited PGY-1 training program in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery or family practice, or a transitional internship for a minimum of one year, and must have passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).  There is no "cut off" score for the USMLE for the Department of Dermatology's residency program.

  • Trainees must pass Steps 2 and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) prior to beginning Dermatology Residency at Johns Hopkins Dermatology (but not in order to apply or match).

  • Yes, the Department of Dermatology considers this a component of its commitment to international education.  The Office of International Services (OIS) for international Students, Faculty, and Staff maintains a helpful website with information for international applicants, including a visa information chart. Please note that the Department of Dermatology does not provide visas for trainees; rather, trainees apply to the United States Immigration Services to obtain the necessary forms and clearances.

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