Virtual Electives

COVID-19 has been a challenging time for medical students preparing their applications for residency. Please refer to this page for updated information on virtual informative sessions and away programs.

The APD on the Shifting Landscape of the 2020-21 Dermatology Application Cycle in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Association of Professors of Dermatology Program Director Task Force welcomes students to view a spreadsheet that shares information about dermatology residency programs for the upcoming 2020-2021 application cycle. It includes multiple tabs that share program contact information, interview dates, meet & greet dates, and information about virtual electives. Please check back as the application deadline nears as additional information will be added by programs as it becomes available.

2020-2021 Application Cycle Spreadsheet

The APD and DIGA jointly hosted a webinar on the shifting landscape of this year’s match cycle. The recording can be access from the link below. Additionally, please take this survey from the APD on transparency in the Dermatology Residency application process – the results will be used to make guidelines presented to all program directors: In September 2020, APD published a statement on the use of tokens, also known as preference signaling, during this application cycle. Please click Statement on Preference Signaling September 2020 to read the full statement.

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Medical College of Wisconsin Advanced Dermatology Curriculum

At the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), we have approval for a 4 week virtual “Advanced Dermatology” curriculum that will be Pass/Fail.  We will be welcoming M4 students planning to going into Dermatology to apply through VSAS. This will be a small rotation with up to 4 students per block. A prerequisite will be a previous Dermatology rotation. Please sure with interested students.
We are finalizing the course, but it will consist of the following:-self-guided learning modules-derm path teaching/signout daily-resident morning conference-weekly resident-led lectures-case-based discussions with faculty-review paper/project-we are also hoping to offer some teledermatology experience through video visits, depending on feasibility and faculty scheduling.

Date/time: July 27-August 23, 2020

August 24-September 18, 2020

September 21-October 18, 2020

October 19-November 15, 2020

Penn State Health

This experience has been created for those students who are unable to attend a clinical elective due to COVID-19 restrictions and are interested in applying to our residency during the upcoming 2020-2021 cycle. This experience is not for academic credit or meant to replace a clinical Dermatology elective. If you are interested in this experience, please contact our program coordinator Kelly Friedman Please refer to the attachment for more information.

University of California Irvine Department of Dermatology Virtual Student Elective 

University of California Irvine Department of Dermatology has designed a one-week virtual elective to allow interested dermatology residency applicants to learn about our department. We know that the opportunity to get to know a program and its residents/faculty is extremely valuable in the process of applying to residency. We would love to give interested fourth-year medical students and others applying to dermatology residency in the Fall 2020 cycle the opportunity to “spend a week” with the University of California Irvine (UCI) Department of Dermatology. This will involve online-only activities that can be done remotely from your current location. We will endeavor to maximize your exposure to many aspects of dermatology and our department. This elective is not for credit – no credit or grade will be issued. We hope that your experience will be both enjoyable and motivational. Please refer to the flyer for more information.

University of Miami Dermatology Externship

University of Miami Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology will be offering a novel virtual elective that will advance our mission to deliver SUPERB dermatology education. In this 4-week virtual elective, you will be exposed to various areas of dermatology and our teaching faculty.  Education will be administered through both pre-recorded and live video sessions. You will be provided a rigorous education in dermatology that will prepare you not only for your future training, but also will give you a great opportunity to learn about our dermatology program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. For more information, please refer to this page.

University of New Mexico Dermatology Program

The University of New Mexico Department of Dermatology is accepting applications for a 2-week virtual dermatology experience in the fall. This experience is free and is not being offered for credit. The program requires a commitment of approximately one hour per day for two weeks and will be conducted via Zoom. Additional activities and access to didactics are also included. Due to space limitations and to allow optimal interaction and participation, they are hosting a maximum of 6 students per two week session. Please forward any questions to Kathy Freise, Program Coordinator, and/or John Durkin, MD FAAD, Director of UNM Dermatology Medical Education

Date/time: September 14-25, 2020

September 28-October 9th, 2020

UNM Virtual Dermatology Experience