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The Dermatology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a patient mix that provides experience with routine cases and unusual skin disorders, intensive didactic training, and a strong diagnostics program.

Residents are expected to participate in scholarly activity and may also participate in rotations at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, or Jacksonville, Florida.

As a resident in this program, your training will include:

  • Clinical research
  • Dermatologic surgery
  • Dermatopathology
  • Immunodermatology
  • Inpatient and outpatient dermatology
  • Pediatric dermatology

Rotations include an inpatient primary dermatology service and the unique opportunity to manage patients with severe and complex dermatologic diseases in a hospital setting.

Dermatology Residency: Program overview


Dermatology Residency: Program overview

During your training, you have nearly limitless opportunities to participate in research and academic activities. The Department of Dermatology's large, international faculty has many unique research interests, including:

  • Complex medical disease
  • Cutaneous oncology
  • Lymphoma
  • Mucous membrane disease
  • Pediatric dermatology
  • Psoriasis
  • Transplant dermatology
  • Women's dermatology

At Mayo Clinic we care for patients from all around the world, from local to international visitors. Our goal is to train a diverse group of future dermatologists that will be able to deliver compassionate and high-level care to all patients in their community and beyond. The institution and program value and demand an environment of mutual respect for all members of the health care team and patients and visitors to Mayo Clinic.

A video message from our director


A video message from our director

One of the greatest strengths of training at our program is the clinical experience. Our residents are able to take care of patients from the community, the surrounding states, across the nation, and throughout the world, learning both common and complex dermatologic conditions.

Megha Tollefson, M.D.
Dermatology Residency Program Director


The Dermatology Residency fulfills training requirements as stated by The American Board of Dermatology and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


Upon completion of the residency, participants will be eligible to take the American Board of Dermatology certifying examination.

Program history

The Dermatology Residency at Mayo Clinic began in 1917. It was officially accredited by the ACGME in 1954. More than 500 physicians have completed the residency training. Up to eight residents complete training in this program annually.

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