Residency

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Dermatology Residency Program. We have succesfully matched with residents who will begin training July 2014. Our next application cycle is detailed below.

Application Process for July 2015 start date
Application Deadline: October 18, 2013
Interview Dates: January 10 & January 24, 2014

The University of Washington accepts applications only through the ERAS system from applicants registered for the NRMP Match. A complete application, received through the ERAS system by October 18, 2013, includes:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Personal Statement (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Medical School Transcripts
  • Dean’s Letter (Medical School Performance Evaluation)
  • Three Letters of Reference – from faculty, mentors, or supervisors who can address your performance and commitment to the study of Dermatology. You can include a 4th letter if it contains new information about your qualifications.
  • USMLE Scores

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered and paper applications received outside of the ERAS system will not be accepted..

Applicants are judged on the basis of academic performance, clinical performance, personal initiative, and letters of recommendation. Applicants who successfully pass the first screening are referred to a committee of secondary reviewers. Because of the large number of applications, the review process is distributed among the dermatology faculty. Each faculty member serves as the primary reviewer for approximately 40 applications. Each is charged with selecting approximately 10-14 semi-finalists.

These semi-finalist applicants are judged on productive scholarship, motivation, capacity for independent work, and appropriateness of "fit" with clinical and research activities at the University of Washington. The secondary reviewers rank the semi-finalist applications to select potential finalists. The Dermatology Residency Program Director reads all semi-finalist applications. A list of 25-30 finalists and alternates is compiled by agreement of the secondary reviewers and the Program Director.

The applicants invited to interview will be notified using the ERAS email system and receive instructions for the interview process. Alternates are called if the interview slots are not filled. Interviews are conducted by the dermatology faculty. Interviewees are judged on the basis of communication skills, ability to function as part of a team, response to ethical issues, personal qualities, and breadth of interests. Special consideration is given to well-qualified, under-represented minority candidates. A final rank list is produced by all interviewing faculty and submitted to the NRMP.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to arrive the evening before their scheduled interview in order to spend time with our residents. Residents will host dinner at a family-style restaurant, provide a candid view of the program, and answer questions.

Citizenship information for research training - Applicants expecting to compete for research training positions during their residency must be U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status to be eligible for funding through National Health Services Research Award.

Information for International Medical Graduates - The University of Washington Residency Program in Dermatology will consider International Medical Graduates (IMG) that are ECFMG-certified. These applicants must be U.S. citizens, have permanent residency status, or holding J-1 visas sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).The University of Washington will consider sponsoring a H1b visa if a J-1 visa is not possible to acquire. Details about qualifying for a Standard ECFMG Certificate are available at www.ecfmg.org.  The residency program has interviewed international medical graduate applicants in the past, though none have yet matched with the program.

Applicants with previous training- The University of Washington Dermatology Residency Program encourages and considers applicants with previous residency training. However if these applicants match with the program, the stipend level is not adjusted for previous years of training.

All matched applicants must have completed a clinical internship at an accredited U.S. training program and passed USMLE Step 3 by the time training in dermatology begins.

Key Dates for 2013 - 2014:

  • Summer 2013: Applicants prepare applications, solicit letters of recommendation, obtain transcripts, etc.
  • August 2013: ERAS registration begins.
  • September 1, 2013: ERAS post office opens to accept and transmit applications.
  • September 15 - October 18, 2013: Program downloads applications from ERAS on a daily basis.
  • October 18, 2013: University of Washington Dermatology Division deadline for receipt of completed applications.
  • Mid November 2013: Application reviews are completed; interview invitations are sent by email through ERAS.
  • January 10 & 24, 2014: Interviews are conducted at the UW Dermatology Clinic, 4th Floor, 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, concluding late afternoon.
  • March 2014 Scramble and Match Days

Note: Any contact between programs and unmatched applicants (or their designees) prior to 12:00 noon eastern time on Match Day is a violation of the Match Participation Agreement. Contact between programs and matched applicants prior to the general announcement of Match results is also a violation of the Match Participation Agreement.

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