The Dermatology Residency program of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest University 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


Cutaneous oncology

Cosmetic dermatology

Contact and occupational dermatology

Pediatric dermatology

Inpatient and consultative dermatology

Procedural dermatology, including Mohs micrographic surgery


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.

Welcome from the Program Director

As program director, I am excited to introduce you to our residency training program. Our goal is equip our residents to be clinically excellent, culturally competent physician leaders. We are a close-knit department that encourages a collaborative environment where we can celebrate and learn from our diverse perspectives. Our residents benefit from our faculty expertise in medical and surgical dermatology and dermatopathology, as well as our many specialty clinics. Many residents go on to complete fellowships in dermatology specialties, while others excel as academic or community dermatologists. We welcome applications from students with diverse interests as well as those who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine. Please explore the information and links on this website to learn more about our program and the Winston Salem area. We appreciate your interest in our training program.

Maria Mariencheck, MD, PhD - Residency Program Director
Teresa Clodfelter - Program Coordinator

Dermatology Resident Perspectives

Meet some of our dermatology residents and listen as they discuss their experiences while training at  Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.

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.