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Application Process

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There are eight positions available on a competitive basis each year in the Dermatology Residency:

  • Five advanced clinical positions. PGY-2 through PGY-4.
  • Two categorical positions. These are automatically linked to a transitional year in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic. Residents do not need to interview separately for this transitional year.
  • One Research and Innovation Track position. This four-year program (after PGY-1) offers one additional year of training to prepare residents who are interested in pursuing a career in research or innovation.

If you are applying for the Research and Innovation Track position, email us at to notify us of your interest. We will email you supplemental material relevant to the Research and Innovation Track position before an interview date, so we can tailor your interview time. Use this subject line: Interest in Research and Innovation Track.


Before starting the Dermatology Residency, participants must complete one year of clinically based training at Mayo Clinic or another Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved U.S. academic institution. This year may include clinical training in an internal medicine or pediatrics program.

To fulfill this requirement, Mayo Clinic offers:

Also see general admissions requirements.

How to apply

You must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by Nov. 1, which is 19 months before participants begin PGY-2. The academic year begins in July.

Applicants do not need to apply separately to the Internal Medicine Preliminary Residency to be eligible. There are, however, two separate codes to use when completing applications in ERAS.

You may apply to the advanced positions (PGY-2) and the categorical positions (PGY-1), as well as the Research and Innovation Track, provided you have a real interest in pursuing this option. Only serious applicants for this position will be ranked. Also, simultaneously apply for an Internal Medicine Preliminary Residency position to cover yourself if you match to the PGY-2 program.

  1. To apply to the program, visit the ERAS website. All applications to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education programs must include these application materials.

    This residency requires that one of your three letters of recommendation be from a dermatologist with whom you have worked.

  2. All appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Candidates must register through the NRMP website.
  3. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit Mayo Clinic for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted in December and January each year.

General information for interested applicants

The Mayo Clinic Dermatology Residency seeks applicants with these qualities and interests:

  • Enjoyment of clinical practice and patient care. Residents work hard and learn through patient-centered care.
  • Ability to flourish in a large group of residents.
  • An educational self-starter. Residents take an assertive role in their education. The curriculum is expansive. Many topics are covered in didactics, but personal learning time is imperative. Our curriculum encourages critical thinking and self-directed learning.
  • Desire to be involved in academic research or scholarly activities. Mayo offers tremendous resources for scholarly pursuit. We encourage all our residents to maximize these opportunities during their training.
  • Interest in service to the community. Residents are required to participate in the Service and Professionalism Project, which promotes community awareness and professionalism training.
  • A commitment to working as part of the bigger Mayo family. Residents interact closely with one another and collaborate with staff and residents across many disciplines. Applicants with excellent teamwork skills are a good match for the Mayo environment.

For the 2022 ERAS® cycle, our program will require all applicants to complete a supplemental ERAS application, offered through the AAMC's ERAS program. Applicants also will be required to complete the MyERAS application.

The additional information will help our program staff learn more about applicants' medical education journey, including more meaningful information about work, volunteer, and research experiences. This helps us better identify applicants who fit our program environment and mission. 

The supplemental ERAS application will be delivered on a survey platform outside the MyERAS application and must be completed between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30.