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Program Director Letter

Richard F. Wagner, Jr., MD - Residency Program DirectorDear 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. International medical graduates will need to contact the ECFMG at (215) 386-5900 or 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. The program has sufficient latitude to allow preparation for either private practice or an academic career. Besides clinical research, in which all trainees participate, there are opportunities for basic research. All of our residents are required to participate in the St. Vincent's dermatology clinic for non sponsored patients in Galveston, complete a scholarly project related to dermatology during their three years of residency and participate in our annual departmental Quality Improvement Projects. All residents have a supervised Continuity clinic starting in their PGY2 year.  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 six new advanced 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 or board eligible in dermatopathology, pediatrics or internal medicine.

We are now accepting applications for first-year dermatology residency training (PGY-2) that begins on July 1, 2025. Applications must be received by October 31, 2023 to be considered. Applicants who are selected for interview will be asked to visit Galveston on either February 2024. Invitations for February interviews are usually sent in November. Approximately 30 outside 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.


Richard F. Wagner, Jr., MD, JD, FABIM, FAAD, FACMS, FABMMSCO
Professor of Dermatology
Residency Program Director
Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Program Director
Department of Dermatology
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX 77555-0783