Residency Program

The goal of our residency program is to train physicians to be world-class providers of dermatologic care with the highest ethical standards and to produce leaders in academic and clinical dermatology. Our residents receive clinical training in the clinics and on the wards of:

  • New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • The Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

In addition, they receive didactic education through lectures, textbook reviews, and courses centered on various aspects of the basic sciences relevant to dermatology, clinical sciences, diagnosis and treatment.

Some of these sessions are now held collaboratively with the Dermatology Training Program of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia. In particular, a new educational forum has been developed with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia. This forum, known as the New York Dermatologic Experience, brings world leaders in various aspects of cutaneous science or cutaneous medicine to New York for resident education. Dermatology residents from the entire tri-state area are encouraged to attend these sessions.

Training Facilities

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell is a tertiary care medical center that also provides substantial amounts of primary and secondary care. The dermatology outpatient service handled 28,000 outpatient visits in 2008 and performed over 600 inpatient consultations per year.

The Dermatologic Surgery Service provides care in all aspects of surgical and cosmetic dermatology. In addition to excisional surgery for a variety of benign and neoplastic processes, over 800 Mohs procedures are performed per year. In addition, cosmetic laser procedures (hair removal, resurfacing, destruction of vascular lesions), hair transplantation and liposuction take place on a regular basis.

The Consultation Service at this site provides experience with dermatologic diseases in the acutely ill hospitalized patient as well as with severe systemic diseases affecting the skin.

The Moles and Melanoma Evaluation and Treatment Unit is interdisciplinary, with members of the Departments of Surgery, Pathology, Radiation Therapy, and the Genetic Medicine Institute having significant involvement in this service.

The Dermatopathology Service provides training in the histopathology and diagnosis of inflammatory, neoplastic and genetic skin disorders. In addition to practical experience at the microscope with attending dermatopathologists, the resident attends all dermatopathology conferences, including a weekly didactic session in dermatopathology and a twice monthly CPC session and attends periodic lectures given by the dermatopathology attending staff.

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Lincoln, located in the South Bronx, opened a new $2.2 million Children's Health Center in 1999, featuring 49 spacious examination rooms and designed to treat young people from birth to age 19. Lincoln's specialty diabetes clinics include adult, pediatric, pregnancy and diabetes education programs. Lincoln also offers comprehensive asthma and tuberculosis programs, a level I trauma center, critical care services, and women's and children's Services.

One of the two sites at which first-year residents may begin their clinical training, Lincoln hosts approximately 13,500 outpatient visits per year. A mix of adult and pediatric patients with the entire breadth of dermatologic disease is seen at Lincoln with a higher mix of chronic, neglected and infectious diseases presenting than at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. In this way the experience at Lincoln nicely balances the other components of the training program.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

This is the world's oldest and largest private institution devoted to patient care, education, and research into cancer, and it sits across the street from New York-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell. At this tertiary care facility, the outpatient dermatology service specializes in prevention, early detection and treatment of all forms of skin cancer, conducting approximately 1,000 initial consultations and follow up consultations per year. This institution has a very large volume of dermatology out-patients and the spectrum of diseases seen is different from that seen at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. It is a very special part of our training program and expands the breadth and depth of the educational experience.

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)

Immediately adjacent to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, HSS is a specialty care hospital focused on the care of rheumatologic and orthopedic disorders, including lupus, scleroderma, fibromyalgia. Residents rotating through the Dermatology General Outpatient Service spend one-half day per week in the Dermatology Outpatient Service at HSS.

The Clinical Experience

The major strength of our residency program is the diversity and breadth of clinical exposure. As a resident, you will actively participate in patient care in a variety of clinical settings in various locales in the New York area. There is an abundance of clinical material in all skin types and socio-economic strata. Many of our faculty are leaders in clinical and research areas of dermatology with a national and international reputation. Residents are in close contact with all attendings with constant supervision, mentoring, and feedback.

The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital rotation comprises the largest portion of the resident experience. The main part of the experience at the NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell campus consists of our patient dermatology clinics. However, there is significant time spent on the in-patient/consultation service and in dermatopathology. Residents will learn all aspects of diagnosis and treatment of dermatologic disorders, systemic diseases with dermatologic manifestations and surgical dermatology while at this institution. In addition, the entire range of dermatologic pathology will be taught.

Residents will spend approximately one-third of their time at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Residents serve in the out-patient dermatology clinics and on the consultation service. They experience in-depth teaching about all aspects of medical and surgical dermatology except that Mohs’ micrographic surgery does not take place at this site. This institution has a very large volume of dermatology out-patients and the spectrum of diseases seen is different from that seen at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Thus, this rotation is complementary to the other components of the residency training program. There is also dermatopathology training provided at this site, 1-2 hours per week.

Second and third-year residents spend 10% of their time at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This specialized cancer hospital provides an in-depth experience in treating dermatologic problems in cancer patients and dermatologic manifestations of cancer and cancer treatment. It is a very special part of our training program and expands the breadth and depth of the educational experience.

Stipends and Benefits

To review the program’s stipends and benefits, please visit the Graduate Medical Education page.