Applying to the dermatology program

HonorHealth’s clinic-based dermatology residency training program prides itself on equipping the resident with essential skills in general and surgical dermatology as well as cosmetics. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be ready to start practicing.


Applicant selection is based on academics, clinical skills and the ability to interact with a team.

  • Two residents are selected per academic year
  • Residents attend dermatology clinic in all eight dermatology locations


HonorHealth’s postgraduate training program in dermatology participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for two categorical positions. To be eligible, you must have a minimum score of 500 on COMLEX Part I and COMLEX Part 2, USMLE scores (optional) 210 on Step 1 and 220 on Step 2. No prior clinical experience is needed. The program currently does not accept visas. To be considered for an interview, your application must be complete prior to Nov. 15. An application is considered complete when HonorHealth has received all of the following:

  • Completed ERAS application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Medical school transcript
  • Letter of support from the dean of your medical school
  • Part I and Part II USMLE/COMLEX Score (USMLE not required for DO applicants)

Maximize your selection opportunity

  1. Read a basic dermatology text, i.e. Andrews. It must be obvious that your level of knowledge is greater than the average student or intern at your same level of training.
  2. Learn from every patient, regardless of the specialty service you are on. Everyone has skin; everyone has at least nevi to evaluate.
  3. Do as many dermatology electives as you can.
  4. Choose programs to rotate where you have a legitimate chance to gain an interview.
  5. Contact a senior or junior resident in those programs where you think you may have an opportunity. Make that resident aware of your interest and seek his or her advice.
  6. Obtain letters of recommendation from respected individuals from dermatology, either allopathic or osteopathic. Letters from other program directors or trainers are especially valuable.
  7. Become involved in writing medical literature from dermatology; either partner with a current dermatology resident or initiate the work on your own.
  8. Look for opportunities to become involved in dermatologic research.
  9. Have a clear understanding why you have chosen dermatology and be able to express this at an interview.
  10. Attempt to schedule rotations at those programs where you feel you have the greatest opportunity for acceptance close to, but prior to, their interview date. Even if you’re unable to do so, at least contact someone at the program by letter with a picture of yourself explaining your current situation. Determine the interview dates by contacting the offices of medical education or one of the junior residents already at that program.
  11. Finally, don't give up! Many successful dermatologists have needed to apply several times to get into a program. Applying a second or third time will show the program director that you’re sincere about a career in dermatology.


If you have questions about the HonorHealth program or the application process, please contact the program coordinator via email or call 480-556-0446, ext. 1045, between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. (MST).

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