The Department of Dermatology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Fellowship Programs in the Department of Dermatology

At this time, we offer three salaried fellowships programs:

  1. Clinical Research Fellowship in Dermatology
    The research fellows participate in a variety of clinical research projects, many of which involve novel drug applications. Fellows receive advanced training in clinical trials design and management, grant processes, and research methodology. Applicants must have completed at least an internship and have a Texas license to practice medicine prior to beginning the one year program. Most of the fellows have a goal of later pursuing dermatology residency training, but advanced fellows contemplating academic careers are also encouraged to apply. There is a fellowship program concentrating on Pediatric Dermatology studies lead by Adelaide Hebert, M.D.( , Office 713-500-8266). A fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center focusing on cutaneous lymphoma is led by Madeleine Duvic, M.D.(Office 713-745-4615). Please apply on-line.
  2. Procedural Dermatology Fellowship
    The procedural dermatology fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and approved for membership to the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology (Mohs College).
  3. Dermatopathology Fellowship Program
    The Dermatopathology Fellowship Program is a joint endeavor between the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, but the program coordinator and program director (Ronald P. Rapini, M.D.) are situated in the Department of Dermatology. We are accredited for one fellow per year, and this is a one-year program. Please be advised that there are two other separate dermatopathology fellowship programs in Houston with which we have some joint teaching activities in dermatology or pathology, one at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the other at Baylor College of Medicine. You may wish to apply to those programs also, because dermatopathology is very competitive. Most of the skin specimens (about 20,000 per year) are examined at our independent laboratory at the Houston Medical Center (HMC) location at 6655 Travis Street every afternoon. Our fellows with a dermatology background receive training in general pathology in the mornings at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Methodist Hospital. Fellows with a pathology background receive training in general dermatology in the mornings primarily at our HMC outpatient clinic.

    Fellow eligibility and selection:

    M.D. or D.O. applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship program in Pathology or Dermatology prior to beginning the Dermatopathology Fellowship. The fellowship follows all institutional policies for resident (fellow) selection, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, age, or disability.  Fellows must meet criteria for licensure or a Physician In-Training (PIT) permit from the Texas Medical Board prior to beginning the program. We prefer applicants from medical schools accredited by LCME. Accepted candidates are expected to meet criteria to take the certification examination in dermatopathology given by the American Boards of Dermatology and Pathology, outlined in detail on their websites.

    Typically applicants with USMLE part I scores above 220 are given priority, but there is no set standard other than a passing score.  Other criteria that are considered include dean's letter, letters of reference, CV, personal statement, medical school activities, extracurricular activities, perceived potential for excellence in private practice or in academia, advanced training, past research experience, publications, presentations, diversity considerations, disadvantaged background, class rank, and AOA election.  We have no set formula for calculating the relative importance of these criteria.

    APPLICATIONS:  To apply to our program for July 2015 positions, simply send an updated curriculum vitae by e-mail to by December 31, 2014.  You may also submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation if you wish, but these are optional for initial screening. We will require further information only from those candidates we are considering for interview, to make sure they meet requirements of our institution, licensing and certifying boards, etc.

    Editorial comment on the dermatopathology fellowship application process:   Like the majority of dermatopathology programs, we were originally planning to use the ERAS electronic application service for positions to begin in 2015. The majority of the 54 dermatopathology fellowship programs had agreed to use this service for the first time in this cycle, to make applications easier for the applicants.  Unfortunately, ERAS insists that they do not allow any specialties in medicine to require applications to be submitted earlier than 18 months in advance of a start date.  A vocal group of dermatopathology programs decided that they could not deal with this requirement, and began accepting applications 24 months in advance, per their long tradition.  ERAS has considered this unfair to applicants, but was told that dermatopathology is very competitive and that these programs did not care about the applicants’ feelings about the current difficult hodgepodge of application requirements.  After some programs jumped ship, others began to do so too, because of the fear that they would lose the best applicants to those programs setting early application deadlines.  A meeting of program directors in October 2013 resulted in the cancellation of ERAS use for all programs during this cycle, even programs like ours which were still planning to use it. We apologize for the miserable national application process, and are hopeful that the use of some kind of more uniform application process can be adopted in the future. 

    Irene Morales(
    Residency Coordinator
    Department of Dermatology
    6655 Travis St, Suite 980
    Houston, TX 77030

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