Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Dermatology Residency Program. We have matched with candidates who will begin training July 2018 and July 2019. Our next application cycle is detailed below.

Application Process for July 2020 start date
Application Deadline: October 12, 2018
Interview Dates: December 17, 2018 & January 7, 2019

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 12, 2018 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 or COMLEX Scores (a minimum of Step 1 completed)
  • Certified ECFMG application; required for international graduates

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. Because of the large number of applications, the review process is distributed among the dermatology faculty. Applicants who successfully pass the first screening are referred to a committee of secondary reviewers.

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 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 questions, 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 casual Northwest restaurant to 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 elibility for a J-1 visa 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

With the exception of graduates of Canadian medical schools, we expect Foreign Medical Graduates to be experienced and familiar with the U.S. medical system. This usually means an extended clerkship, observation or work experience prior to applying for residency, with excellent references from those experiences. We have previously interviewed Foreign Medical Graduate applicants, all of whom had extensive US medical experience, and matched two into our program in recent years.

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.

Applicants who successfully match with the University of Washington must successfully completed a broad-based clinical year (PGY-1) in a program, accredited by the ACGME, or in such a program located in Canada and accredited by the RCPSC, in emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or the transitional year.

All matched applicants must passed USMLE Step 3 by the time training in dermatology begins.

Key Dates for 2018 - 2019:

  • Summer 2018: Applicants prepare applications, solicit letters of recommendation, obtain transcripts, etc.
  • August 2018: ERAS registration begins.
  • September 1, 2018: ERAS post office opens to accept and transmit applications.
  • September 15 - October 12, 2018: UW Program downloads applications from ERAS on a daily basis.
  • October 12, 2018: University of Washington Dermatology Division deadline for complete applications.
  • Late November 2018: Application reviews are completed; interview invitations are sent by email..
  • December 17, 2018 & January 7, 2019: Interviews are conducted at the UW Dermatology Clinic, 4th Floor, 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, concluding late afternoon.
  • March 15, 2019 Match Day

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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