The UC San Diego Department of Dermatology Residency Training Program is designed to allow our residents to achieve program goals with extensive clinical experience and a degree of flexibility to focus and develop in specific areas of interest. Our program allows for multiple areas of emphasis including include general and pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, procedural dermatology and research in skin immunobiology.


The UC San Diego Dermatology Residency Training Program strives to provide a well-balanced training experience. Residents see patients at all the UC San Diego hospitals, including the VA San Diego Healthcare System hospital and Rady Children’s Hospital. Resident rotations are aimed at maximizing the benefits of the training experience by taking advantage of the clinical strengths and research opportunities at the various participating institutions. 

To enhance the understanding of dermatology and encourage creative thinking, all residents are encouraged to participate in research on a topic of their choosing. Residents who are interested in more advanced work and seek careers in research are offered specially designed tracks to maximize learning and future productivity.

Faculty/Resident Advisor Program

A faculty advisor program has been established to assist each resident in meeting the goals and objectives of the dermatology training program, and to provide the opportunity for residents to explore and develop their individual interests within the field of dermatology. This program also provides the opportunity for residents to develop a mentorship relationship that will develop over the three years of training.

Dermatology Resident and Faculty Performance Evaluations

All residents are regularly evaluated with written evaluations by faculty members with whom they work during their rotations. The Program Director meets with each resident at least twice per year to discuss their performance and review evaluations from faculty members and their rotations. Frequent informal evaluations are also done by individual faculty members and communicated to the resident with constructive suggestions for improvement. 

Residents are also encouraged to discuss any specific problems or concerns about their performance or progress with the Program Director or their faculty mentor at any time during the year.

Faculty members are evaluated by the residents with written evaluations and with evaluations for specific rotations. Residents are also asked to complete written assessments of the Dermatology Residency Program which are used to consider changes and improvements in the curriculum and the educational program.

Other Educational Opportunities

Residents participate at weekly Dermatology Grand Rounds every Thursday morning. Grand Rounds are held in conjunction with the Navy Hospital Dermatology Residency Program. Live patients are presented and discussed each week. A one-hour Grand Rounds lecture given by one of the faculty or invited speakers follows the patient presentations. 

Wednesday mornings are dedicated to academic instruction. Residents spend one hour reviewing unknown dermatopathology cases with the dermatopathology faculty. Book review with board-type questions, a lecture by one of the faculty members and journal club are also done during this morning, once a week.

Fourth Year Medical Student Away Electives

For information regarding scheduling away electives with UC San Diego Dermatology:

Visiting Students - UCSD Medical Student Affairs Office
Division of Medical Education

Email: visitingstudents@ucsd.edu

Web site: Undergraduate Medical Education