FAQ

When is the application deadline?

The residency application deadline for the NYPH/CUIMC Department of Dermatology is October 10, 2021.

How many residents are in the program?

There are 12 residents and each class averages 3-5 residents per year.

How much time is spent at the James J. Peters VA Hospital (Bronx VA)?

Residents will average 11-12 months of their 3 years at the VA Hospital. All reasonable attempts will be made to keep these rotations in 2-3 month blocks in order to facilitate continuity of care.

Is there an opportunity to participate in research?

The department endeavors to create an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and is delighted to support individuals who express an interest in pursuing academic research. A multitude of opportunities for research exist within the department and the medical center. The department has a very active Basic Science Research Program as well as a Clinic Trials section, which provide research opportunities for any interested residents.

Basic Science Research Group (BSRG)

The research facilities are located in completely reconstructed laboratories on the 3rd floor of Russ Berrie Pavillion. The 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space includes contiguous laboratories with benches, smaller rooms for tissue culture and animal procedures, a facility for irradiation of cells and animals, and a suite for microscopy. The BSRG also has an especially dedicated Photobiology Research Unit with complete light-opaque capabilities, state-of-the-art light sources, and radiometers. The research laboratories are also equipped with Macintosh and PC computers with fax and modem capabilities, which are fully networked with the Columbia University and Columbia University Irving Medical Center systems. These are used for literature searches, DNA and protein sequence analysis, and image analysis. In addition, the facility has a teaching/conference room for ongoing research seminars, lectures, and research meetings. Residents are encouraged to consider fellowship training in research.

Is moonlighting allowed?

Moonlighting is allowed in the final year of training for exceptional residents with advanced permission from program leadership.

Are foreign medical graduates eligible for a dermatology residency at NYPH/CUIMC?

Our department will consider exceptional foreign medical graduates who are ECFMG certified and eligible to practice medicine in the United States for residency.

Whom do I contact for more information?

The Department has full-time Residency Program Administrator in order to meet the needs of our residents and to accomplish the educational goals outlined in our mission statement. If you need additional information, please email drmresidency@cumc.columbia.edu .

What professional paths do NYPH/CUIMC dermatology residents pursue after graduation?

In recent years, many Columbia Dermatology graduates have pursued academic careers in New York City and throughout the country. Others have decided to further their specialty with fellowships in cosmetic dermatology, Mohs surgery, and dermatopathology. Several have maintained academic appointments at NYPH/CUIMC as full-time or voluntary faculty.

What is the call schedule like?

The first call is taken by PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents. Senior residents take second call supervising residents.