Dermatology Residency

Quick Notes

  • 3-year program begins in PGY-2
  • 4 new residents accepted each year
  • Training in general dermatology as well as specialty clinics: CTCL, Melanoma, Contact Dermatitis, Mohs Surgery, Lasers, Nail Diseases, Vulvar Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology, Transplant Dermatology
  • Access to research resources, including clinical-translational research programs and 7 NIH-funded basic research faculty
  • Global Health opportunities through a multitude of international electives offered by UW Health across the world

How to Apply

Applications are processed through the Central Application System.

We require USMLE transcripts, 3 Letters of Recommendation, a Medical School Transcript, Dean’s Letter, and Personal Statement.

Application deadline is Oct 1 and interviews begin in Nov.

See the Deadlines and Applications Instructions FAQ below for more info.

Primary Contact

Jennifer Hanser
Education Coordinator
Dept of Dermatology
1 S Park St, 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715
Fax: 608-287-2676

Program Overview

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Dermatology is committed to providing residents with comprehensive education in a congenial and highly collegial environment so as to maximize learning and camaraderie. We emphasize graded responsibility to match learners’ needs and delegate responsibilities with appropriate challenge. University of Wisconsin Dermatology residents join an exceptional program in an exceptional University community. At Wisconsin, academic training is enhanced not only by the intellectual opportunities available throughout campus, but also through Madison’s diverse and vibrant culture.

Our Department offers an innovative curriculum in core areas of dermatology along with subspecialty electives. The courses are challenging and rewarding and take place in a variety of clinical settings including University, Veterans Administration and community hospitals, and multiple outpatient clinics.

The Department has a diverse faculty offering a variety of clinical, research and educational opportunities. General dermatology clinics plus specialty clinics in CTCL, Melanoma, Contact Dermatitis, Mohs Surgery, Lasers, Nail Diseases, Vulvar Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology, and Transplant Dermatology complement the research areas of seven NIH funded faculty.

The three year program in General Dermatology begins at the PGY-2 level. This residency provides trainees with a broad educational experience in clinical, surgical, dermatopathology and research areas. Successful graduates of this program are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Dermatology Scholars Program.

Program Details

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Deadlines and Application Instructions FAQ

In this section: Quick answers to common questions on application and interview process, including deadlines

  1. Q. What are the application requirements?
    A. Only complete applications will be reviewed
    A complete application includes:
    * Common Application Form
    * USMLE transcripts
    * 3 Letters of Recommendation, with at least one from a supervising Dermatologist
    * Medical School Transcript
    * Dean’s Letter
    * Personal Statement
  2. Q. What is the application deadline?
    A. October 15, 2020
  3. Q. When will the program extend invitations to interview?
    A. Virtual interviews will be scheduled beginning in mid-November, 2020
  4. Q. When will the program interview candidates?
    A. Virtual interviews will be conducted between November, 2020 and January 2021
  5. Q. How many positions are there to fill?
    A. 4 Advanced Dermatology
  6. Q. Does this program offer transitional year?
    A. No
  7. Q. Does the program accept international medical graduates?
    A. Yes
  8. Q. What type of visa does the program sponsor?
    A. J-1 only
  9. Q. Does the program have a USMLE minimum score requirement for candidates?
    A. Yes, USMLE minimum Step 1 score of 230
  10. Q. Is there a maximum number of letters of recommendations?
    A. No more than 4, please.

Clinical Rotations and Program Structure

In this section: A description of the structure and expectations of the residency program

The first year of residency (PGY2) provides a strong foundation in general dermatology. Residents at this stage are introduced to common dermatologic conditions and with an emphasis on appropriate treatment and patient communication. PGY-2 residents learn basic procedural skills that are built upon over the following two years.

The second year of residency (PGY3) introduces the resident to advanced specialty rotations in order to manage increasingly complex medical dermatologic problems. Rotations in dermatopathology promote advanced histologic interpretation and clinical pathologic correlation. The dermatologic surgery rotation enhances surgical skills as residents learn to perform Mohs micrographic surgery and advanced reconstructive repairs. Subspecialty dermatology rotations concentrate exposure to patients with complex medical dermatologic conditions. The consult rotation covers inpatient services at three hospitals, and is a highly educational rotation.

The third year of residency (PGY4) is designed for residents to reinforce what was learned in the first two years of training and refine their individual practice style. Residents spend 3 months at the VA Hospital in their senior year, where they assume responsibility for patient care decisions. This leadership role helps prepare residents for independent practice.

Continuity Clinics are held one half day per week as a PGY2 and two half days per weeks in the PGY3 and PGY4 years. Residents assume full responsibility for patient care under the supervision of an attending physician.

Rotations are divided into 4 week blocks. The table below lists the number of each clinical assignments for each PGY year:

General Dermatology – UW 3 1 1
General Dermatology – VA 6 0 3
Pediatric Dermatology 1 1 1
Subspecialty Dermatology 2 2 1
Dermatologic Surgery 0 1 1
Dermatopathology 0 1 1
Consults 0 2 1
Medicine Specialty rotation 0 1 0
Float 0 2 1
Electives 0 1 2

Subspecialty Clinics are offered in the following areas:

  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Cutaneous Lymphoma
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Nail Diseases
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Teledermatology
  • Vulvar Dermatology

The Medicine Specialty rotation allows residents to work with our esteemed colleagues in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. This clinic is required as a PGY3 and may be repeated during an elective rotation. The following clinics are represented:

  • Oncology – Melanoma Clinic
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Adult Allergy
  • Pediatric Allergy

Unique Program Attributes

Inmate Clinic – The Inmate Clinic is held at the University of Wisconsin Hospital once monthly. This is a high yield clinic where many patients have access to health care for the first time. The clinic focuses on complex medical dermatology and patient education.

Chicago Dermatological Society – All UW Dermatology residents are members of the Chicago Dermatological Society. Trainees are allowed to attend four CDS meetings each year.

Global Health opportunities – UW Health offers a multitude of international electives across the world.

Scholars Program

In this section: Information on our optional additional year to study in a focused area

The Dermatology Scholars Program (DSP) is an optional track for residents who are interested in developing a focused area of expertise. Graduates from this program will be well positioned to be a local expert as they begin their practice in an academic or private practice setting.

DSP scholars may take advantage of local, regional, national or international resources. Participants may choose to focus on a clinical subspecialty, translational research or basic science research within the UW Health system. Alternatively, scholars may elect to pursue an advanced degree including Master of Public Health or Master of Business Administration. All participants will be partnered with a mentor to guide their professional development. Past scholars have successfully networked with advisors from outside the University of Wisconsin to enhance their education.

Dermatology Scholars will be appointed Clinical Instructor in the Department of Dermatology for this 1 year program. Clinical responsibilities include a minimum of two half-day clinics. The remainder of the time will be spent pursuing research in an area of focus.

Our Faculty Scholars include Dr. Apple Bodemer and Dr. Margo Reeder

Recent Graduates (2018-2020)

Hagger Ali – private practice in New Hampshire
Shannon Detty – private practice in Denver, CO
Daniel Krakora – private practice in Minnesota
Nicholas Zajdel – private practice in Milwaukee

Brittany Buhalog – private practice in Madison, Wi
Michael Christopher – private practice in Arizona
Susan Pei – Dermatopathology Fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania
Bridget Shields – faculty appointment at UW Dermatology

Lauren Brin Hermans – private practice in Pierre, South Dakota
Katherine Bonnichsen – private practice in St. Paul, MN
Noor Tazudeen – private practice in Chicago, IL

Former Residents (graduating years 2017 and before)

Lauren Craddock –private practice in Monroe, WI
Kate Garrity – private practice in Wisconsin
Lydia Kim – private practice in California
J. Klint Peebles – private practice in Washington, DC
David Wright – private practice Mohs Surgery in Irving, TX

2016 Graduates
Tom Keenan – faculty appointment at UW Dermatology
Mandi Bietz – private practice in South Dakota
Kristin Eastman – private practice in Alaska
Abby Taub – private practice in Wisconsin

2015 Graduates
Joanna McGetrick – private practice in Florida
Kirstin Altman – faculty appointment at Baylor Scott and White in Texas
Lydia Turnbull – private practice in Minnesota

2014 Graduates
Sara Fitz – private practice in Iowa
Patrick Kehoe – private practice in Wisconsin
Cort McCaughey – private practice in Utah

2013 Graduates
Brian Kleker – private practice in California
Margo Reeder – faculty appointment at UW Dermatology
Sherry Youssef – private practice in California

2012 Graduates
Jessica Saucier – faculty appointment at Baylor University
Rachel Kornik- faculty appointment at UW Dermatology
Lisa Muchard – practice in Wisconsin

2011 Graduates
Anna Haemel – faculty appointment at UCSF
Andy Swanson – faculty appointment at UW Dermatology
David Myers – private practice Utah

2010 Graduates
Margaret Collins – private practice in Minnesota
Phil Hsu – private practice in California
Tasneem Poonawalla – private practice in Wisconsin
Melissa Stenstrom – private practice in Illinois

2009 Graduates
Chethana Gottam – private practice in Illinois
Rosemarie Liu – private practice in Virginia
Nicole Fett – faculty appointment at Oregon Health & Science University

2008 Graduates
Amber Atwater – faculty appointment at Duke University Medical Center Med/Derm
Lindsey Bennett – private practice in California

Current Residents

3rd Year Dermatology Residents

Brooke Corbett


Medical School: New York University
Internship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering New York

Josh Eickstaedt


Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Internship: Mayo Clinic

Kyle Rudningen


Medical School: University of North Dakota
Internship: University of North Dakota

Nadine Shabeeb


Medical School: Indiana University
Internship: St. Vincent Hospital, Indiana

2nd Year Dermatology Residents

Lisa Cotter


Medical School: Georgetown
Internship: Medical College of Wisconsin

Sarah Mortimer


Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Internship: Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital

Aman Prasad


Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Internship: Loyola Medical Center

Annika Weinhammer


Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Internship: Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital

1st Year Dermatology Residents

Jeanette Comstock


Medical School:  University of Wisconsin
Internship:  Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee

Melissa Dodds


Medical School:  Southern Illinois University
Internship:  Medical College of Wisconsin

Traci Pawlitschek


Medical School:  Oregon Health Sciences University
Internship:  Legacy Health, Portland OR

Connie Wang


Medical School:  Columbia University
Internship:  Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, NY

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