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UC San Diego Dermatology Residency Program Application Process

COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Upcoming Application Cycle

Please read the statement by Program Director Task Force of the Association of Professors of Dermatology (PDF) regarding information about COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the upcoming application cycle. This statement represents the views of program leadership at UC San Diego.

Important Updates on the Upcoming Application Cycle: 

For the 2022 ERAS® cycle, our program is encouraging all applicants to complete the Supplemental ERAS Application in addition to the MyERAS application. If submitting the optional ERAS Supplemental Application please note the deadline for this program is: September 19, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Residency Informational Session

We are hosting a virtual residency program informational session for applicants. We invite you to join and learn more about our program!

The session will be held via Zoom on Monday, September 20 at 5:30pm PST.

Please register in advance at:


 How to Apply

Applications for residency positions are accepted only through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In addition to the ERAS application,  we are encouraging applicants to  complete the ERAS Supplemental Application. We welcome your interest and look forward to receiving your application. We wish you success in your endeavors.

Required Documents

  1. ERAS Application 
  2. ERAS Supplemental Application (optional)
  3. Medical School Transcript
  4. Dean's Letter
  5. Personal Statement (preferably one page)
  6. Curriculum Vitae
  7. At least three Letters of Recommendation (We will accept up to four.)
  8. USMLE Scores
    • USMLE Step I score is required
    • USMLE Step II (both CS and CK) must be completed well before the start of residency. A Step II score is not necessary to be interviewed.
    • USMLE Step III score is not required for residency application but MUST be taken during PGY-1 intern year. Your scores do not have to be in by start of residency but Step III exam MUST be completed before start of PGY 2 residency year.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Completed ERAS applications due no later than: October 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. PT
If submitting the optional ERAS Supplemental Application, please note the deadline for this program is: September 19, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. ET

Applicants that do not submit by this deadline will not be considered for interviews.

Residency Start Date: July 1, 2023
Length of Program: 3 years 
Resident positions available: 5
Interview Invitations will be sent out the week of: Late November, TBD
Interview dates: January 2022, TBD


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I am board certified in another specialty or have completed a prior residency?

Yes, our program can accept applicants who have completed another residency program or are board certified in another specialty.

What salary and benefits will I receive?

Please visit the Graduate Medical Education house officers page for information on resident salaries or benefits.

What is the status of my application?

Refer to ERAS for the status of your applications.

We review applications in October and most applicants who are selected for interview will be notified by the end of November. If selected for interviewing, you will be notified by email.

Interview dates will be posted later in the year. Check back for updates.

Am I guaranteed an interview if I have rotated with UC San Diego Dermatology?

Completing a dermatology rotation at UC San Diego does not guarantee that an interview will be offered to the rotator should they apply for a Dermatology Residency Position.

Can I apply if I am an International Medical Graduate?

Yes, we accept applications from International Medical Graduates.

Visit the UC San Diego School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education website for more information, including requirements for pursuing postgraduate medical education.

We receive over 500 applications each year and are typically only able to offer around 40 interviews. Due to this, we are unable to offer interviews to many exceptionally qualified and impressive candidates.