The Dermatology Residency program of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is one of the premier dermatology training programs in the country. The strength of the program is a testimony to the quality of our faculty and their commitment to graduate medical education, serving the tradition of excellence established by our founding chair, Dr. Joseph Jorizzo, over 30 years ago.

Residents at the School of Medicine and Medical Center receive top-notch educational experiences in general medical dermatology, along with specialized training in:

  • Complex medical dermatology
  • Phototherapy
  • Cutaneous oncology
  • Cosmetic dermatology
  • Contact and occupational dermatology
  • Pediatric dermatology
  • Inpatient and consultative dermatology
  • Procedural dermatology, including Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Dermatopathology

Residents are also exposed to the scientific underpinnings of dermatology through an innovative basic science curriculum. In addition, residents assume increasing responsibilities during the course of their training through clinical dermatology, research and the teaching of medical students. This dynamic program offers residents the singular opportunity to take part in its growth and evolution.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

We offer a superior level of training, in part by keeping the full-time faculty-to-resident ratio at nearly 1:1. Each resident receives considerable individual attention from each of the faculty. We are committed to providing the highest level of educational experiences as set forth by the American Board of Dermatology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program Goals

The overarching goals of our residency program are to:

  • Provide residents with a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of skin diseases for the practice of dermatology
  • Produce competent dermatologists who are socially and ethically concerned physicians
  • Meet and exceed the competencies as established by the ACGME
  • Train physicians who will be well equipped to assume positions of leadership in both clinical and academic dermatology

This is accomplished through the development of clinical knowledge and the acquisition of judgment in medical and procedural dermatology. The methods for reaching this objective are supervised patient management, surgeries, lectures, teaching rounds, and the development of individualized programs of reading and self-education.

Education and Training

Throughout their three-year tenure, Wake Forest School of Medicine dermatology residents rotate monthly through various subspecialty clinics and electives as assigned by the residency program director and chief resident.

Learn more about the Dermatology Residency Curriculum at Wake Forest.

Program Benefits Highlights

As a Wake Forest resident you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
Learn more about the standard benefits available to Wake Forest Residents. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.