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Mayo Clinic dermatology residents in Minnesota examining a patient

The most important indicator of the success of a training program is found in the outcomes of the graduates upon completion of their training. Graduates will find that Mayo Clinic's reputation opens the doors to employment opportunities at the most prestigious and competitive medical centers not only in the United States but also in other countries.

Words from past alumni

See what a few of our graduates have to say about their experience in the program.

Kemi Onajin, M.D.

Kemi Onajin, M.D.

What are you currently doing?
I'm an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology at the University of Chicago. My practice includes general, procedural, and inpatient dermatology, and dermatopathology. I have a weekly autoimmune skin disease clinic where I see complex dermatologic conditions. I'm also part of a team of specialists at the Lupus Center and the Center for Women's Integrated Health at the University of Chicago.

How did Mayo prepare you for your current career/position?
Mayo provided rigorous and clinically robust training that laid a solid foundation for a career in academic medicine. My goal was to emulate Mayo's level of commitment to patient care, which has allowed me to provide exceptional care to my patients. I recently received the 2020 Distinguished Community Service and Advocacy Award (Junior faculty category) at the University of Chicago.

2017 program graduate

Benjamin Barrick, D.O.

Benjamin Barrick, D.O.

What are you currently doing?
After completing residency in 2017, I joined Dermatology Associates of Greenville, SC. I currently work alongside six other excellent dermatologists. My practice encompasses a wide range of general and surgical dermatology spanning all age ranges.

How did Mayo Dermatology prepare you for your current career/position?
I consistently rely on wisdom gleaned from past patient encounters, morning conferences, surgical pearls and mentors encountered during residency. I am incredibly grateful for the comprehensive training I received at Mayo Clinic. The breadth of exposure to medical and surgical dermatology was unparalleled. The collaborative environment within the program was focused on patient-centered care which has provided me with the foundation for my career.

2017 program graduate

Agnieszka Thompson, M.D.

Agnieszka Thompson, M.D.

What are you currently doing?
I work for a multi-specialty group based in Northcentral Wisconsin. I had the opportunity to start up Mohs Micrographic Surgery for our hospital system, which has allowed me to tailor and develop the practice. My time is split between Mohs surgery and general dermatology, with some cosmetic dermatology as well.

How did Mayo prepare you for your current career/position?
It was the foundation and backbone for my practice style and approach to patient care. I learned from great leaders in the field, and feel comfortable handling a wide variety of cases, including complex medical dermatology. I still use many of the skills I learned in residency in my day-to-day Mohs practice. Our last year prepared me for high volume and autonomy, which has allowed me to develop a successful clinical and surgical practice.

2016 program graduate

Jennifer Schoch, M.D.

Jennifer Schoch, M.D.

What are you currently doing?
I’m currently in academics at the University of Florida, splitting my time between research (NIH award studying the neonatal skin microbiome) and busy clinics in both Jacksonville and Gainesville. I also love teaching and serve as Assistant Program Director for our residency.

How did Mayo Dermatology prepare you for your current career/position?
Mayo taught me to learn from patients and instilled a love of morphology. Many times in practice, I recalled interesting patients from my own clinics, as well as hall conferences on others’ patients. Morphology was a focus of hospital consults and clinical conferences; this has served me well in pediatric dermatology, as it’s often not easy to obtain a skin biopsy. I felt well-prepared for independent practice due to the wide variety of patients and conditions I saw during residency.

2014 program graduate

Mirza Alikhan, M.D.

Mirza Alikhan, M.D.

What are you currently doing?
I am Chair of Dermatology at Sutter Medical Foundation in Sacramento, where I help oversee our department of 14 dermatologists and two PAs. I have a busy clinic where I manage general and surgical dermatology, and work with family medicine residents. I am working on the second edition of my textbook "Review of Dermatology" with my co-editor, Dr. Thomas Hocker, who is also a Mayo Dermatology graduate.

How did Mayo prepare you for your current career/position?
Mayo exposed me to a variety of dermatological disorders and management options. I received training in pathology, which helps me every day with clinicopathological correlation, and surgery (I usually do several surgeries per week). I received fantastic teaching from some of the best dermatologists in the U.S. and wonderful mentorship. My co-residents and I still share tough cases with each other.

2013 program graduate

Fellowship opportunities

We also have a large number of fellowship opportunities to further enhance your training. 

Smith-Gibson Fellowship

This fellowship at Mayo Clinic may be of interest to future applicants who seek research experience prior to applying to a dermatology program. Some Mayo residents have pursued this fellowship before matching to our program.

The Dr. Smith H. and Lucille Gibson Research Fellowship in the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is a unique training opportunity.

The fellowship consists of a one-year program of support for a fellow involved in any aspect of clinical, translational, or basic research within the department, as it relates to dermatologic disease or sciences. One fellowship is supported annually within the department.

Dermatopathology Fellowship

Mayo Clinic's Dermatopathology Fellowship program is an ACGME-accredited, one-year experience that trains two fellows per year. The program is based in the Department of Dermatology, and there is extensive collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. 

In this collaborative setting, fellows learn with a team of experts composed of over 10 dermatopathology faculty as well as experts in soft tissue pathology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and hematopathology (among other subspecialty pathology areas).  

Fellows with background training in dermatology complete four full months of dermatopathology sign-out and eight months divided between additional dermatopathology training and building knowledge in related areas of anatomic pathology. 

In our high-volume internal wet tissue practice as well as a large consultative practice, there is ample exposure to a wide range of inflammatory and neoplastic conditions. 

Fellows are fully incorporated into and participate in departmental conferences and have excellent facilities with individual workspace, high-quality microscopes, and access to a digital slide scanner.

Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship

Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship program is a one-year fellowship program that currently accepts one fellow per year.

The fellowship has a robust clinical experience where fellows enjoy a high level of autonomy while also having appropriate supervision from three board-certified pediatric dermatologists. The fellow is integrally involved in teaching both pediatric and dermatology residents in clinical and didactic settings and is fully incorporated into departmental conferences. 

Dedicated time is set aside weekly for research, and the fellow has the opportunity to participate in one or more research projects throughout the fellowship year.  

Presentation and travel are encouraged and supported. 

Fellows participate in the twice-monthly interdisciplinary Vascular Malformations Clinic, which is housed in the Gonda Vascular Center, and participate in the weekly Genetic Dermatology Clinic with a faculty who is board-certified in medical genetics, dermatology, and pediatric dermatology. 

There is one month of dedicated elective time during the year which can be tailored to the fellow’s interests.

Through these and other clinical and research avenues, fellows have the opportunity to learn from a team of multidisciplinary experts. 

Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship

The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship is a one-year program, currently accepting three fellows per year. The fellows are expected to participate in and finalize at least one substantial research project during the year. 

The surgical unit consists of 17 functional operating suites and four, four-headed microscope read-out stations. 

There are currently seven core faculty members/surgeons:

  • Dr. Jerry Brewer, program director
  • Dr. Chris Arpey, associate program director
  • Dr. Nahid Vidal
  • Dr. Addison Demer
  • Dr. Chris Baum
  • Dr. Randall Roenigk
  • Dr. Clark Otley

The year is heavily focused on cutaneous oncology with over 7,500 Mohs micrographic surgery cases per year. 

As part of the fellowship, a traditional curriculum focuses on the general aspects of micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology. 

There is also a leadership curriculum that focuses on self-actualization with six formal didactics and six books that are read throughout the year. 

In addition, a cadaver curriculum exists where the fellows spend time in the cadaver lab focusing on flaps and peri-ocular anatomy, a histology curriculum where the art of cutting tissue/frozen sections is mastered, and a collaborative curriculum where fellows from multiple other surgical subspecialties teach the micrographic surgery fellows informal didactics pertinent to what is important to know from a skin cancer collaborative standpoint.   

Mayo Clinic Alumni Association

Mayo Clinic Alumni Association

The Mayo Clinic Alumni Association will help you stay in touch with your Mayo Clinic colleagues, maintain a valuable professional connection to Mayo Clinic throughout your medical and/or research career, participate in continuing medical education, and more.

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