Residency Program Overview

Department Chair: Jack Resneck, Jr., MD
Program Director: Erin Mathes, MD
Associate Program Director: Michael Waul, MD

UCSF Dermatology Residency Mission Statement

The UCSF dermatology residency program challenges its trainees to excel in delivering comprehensive and compassionate care to all. Through intentional mentorship, we encourage our residents to pursue lifelong learning as ethical clinicians, insightful educators, and innovative scientists . Our supportive community cultivates humility, commitment, and high standards while promoting novel career pathways, leadership, scholarship, service and global engagement. We are strongly committed to training a diverse group of residents who will meet the healthcare needs of the present and future and be drivers of change toward health equity. 


About the Program

The ACGME-accredited three-year training track focuses on developing outstanding clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of dermatologic disease. Residents rotate through clinical sites with very diverse patient populations and see an equally diverse range of skin disease. Our clinical curriculum provides in-depth exposure and instruction in medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, consultative inpatient dermatology, and several additional subspecialty areas. Clinical training is coupled with a comprehensive daily didactic lecture series delivered by our highly recognized faculty. These curricula take full advantage of the rich clinical and basic science resources that UCSF has to offer, and are designed to produce an outstanding foundation of training for residents by the completion of the program. We expect all graduates of our residency program to have outstanding clinical skills that set them apart and prepare them for leadership roles in dermatology within their communities, academic departments, organized medicine, or other venues. We prioritize mentorship and career development to help our trainees reach their goals. 

An alternative ABD-approved, four-year, research-intensive track is available to those residents with a dedicated academic interest in and commitment to investigatory research. A modification of the three-year program, this track consists of two years of clinical training, followed by two years of majority protected time for developing a research career.  Most entrants into this 2+2 track have been MD/PhD's with interests in fundamental science research, although we also welcome applications from epidemiologists, population-level scientists, and physicians without PhD's who have an established interest in a research area and have spent a minimum of one year dedicated to full time research endeavors. Our department is committed to training a cohort of successful investigative physician scientists. We devote substantial time, mentorship, and resources to advancing the careers of our 2+2 trainees.