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Program Director Letter

Dear Dermatology Resident Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Dermatology Residency Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. We participate in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service), and each applicant must apply through his or her school of graduation. Foreign medical graduates will need to contact the ECFMG at (215) 386-5900 or www.ECFMG.org. Our program is approved by the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Dermatology and the American Board of Dermatology for three years of training. Our primary objective is to produce well-trained, competent clinical dermatologists. However, the program has sufficient latitude to allow preparation for either private practice or an academic career. Besides the clinical research, in which all trainees participate, there are opportunities for basic research. All of our residents are required to complete a scholarly project related to dermatology during their three years of residency. Our training program utilizes the facilities of the UTMB Hospitals.

We have an active conference schedule that is supplemented by participation in the monthly Houston Dermatological Society meeting. In addition, trainees are encouraged to participate in a variety of regional and national dermatology society meetings.

We accept four new categorical residents each year. Trainees are selected by a Residency Selection Committee consisting of our faculty and resident staff. Selections are based on past academic performance, recommendations, and assessments by the committee members during a personal interview. Occasionally past residents have been board certified in pathology, dermatopathology, or internal medicine.

We are now accepting applications for first-year dermatology residency training (PGY-2) that begins on July 1, 2016. Applications must be received by November 1, 2014 to be considered. Applicants who are selected for interview will be asked to visit Galveston in January 2015. A small number of applicants will be placed on the waiting list and contacted for an interview if it is possible. Invitations for January interviews are usually sent in December. Approximately 30 applicants are interviewed each year. Unfortunately, due to the large number of residency applications received, we are only able to interview between 5-10% of those who apply. We regret that we are unable to personally answer inquiries from applicants who have not been selected for interview. Rankings are submitted by the applicant and the institution through the National Residency Matching Program.


Sincerely,

Richard F. Wagner, Jr., M.D.
Residency Program Director
Department of Dermatology
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX 77555-0783
Richard F. Wagner, Jr., M.D., J.D. Richard F. Wagner, Jr., M.D.
Residency Program Director