Residency Program

Dermatology Residents

The dermatology residency training program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is an ACGME accredited three-year training program designed to provide residents with a variety of clinical experiences, as well as exposure to expert teaching and research. Throughout the three-year program, residents practice in both outpatient and inpatient settings and are provided additional education through lectures, conferences and meetings. As residents progress through the program, responsibilities increase to prepare them for independent and competent practice  upon completion of the program.

Our goal is to provide a training program that prepares residents to become leaders by providing a strong foundation in the full spectrum of dermatology: medical dermatology, dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, clinical research and basic science research. At the conclusion of training, residents should be able to deliver outstanding care to patients with the full range of dermatologic conditions. As a result of this exposure, graduates of the program are prepared for academic dermatology careers, private clinical practice and subspecialty fellowships.

Successful completion of the program will qualify the candidate for the American Board of Dermatology certification exam.

Program Director: Nicole Fett, M.D.

Program aims

  • Provide a comprehensive three year curriculum to enable residents to learn general dermatology, complex medical dermatology, procedural skills, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, quality improvement skills, and scientific inquiry skills.
  • Provide training, mentorship and support that allows for seamless transition into dermatology fellowships, academic practice, or private practice.
  • Produce competent and compassionate physicians who understand social determinants of health, the importance of teamwork and effective communication, and who are prepared to be local and national leaders.

Program strengths

  • We have a broad representation of internationally respected faculty in subspecialty areas within our department, including medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, contact and occupational dermatology, dermatopathology and immunodermatology.
  • Not only are our faculty experts in their fields, but they are passionate about teaching.
  • A supportive and collegial environment exists which facilitates the interaction of faculty (both clinical and basic science) with residents.
  • Our program has a history of strong residents, and we generally match high in our rank list. They are very supportive of one another and work well together as a team.
  • Our community dermatologists actively participate in departmental activities and include many outstanding practitioners and leaders in dermatology.
  • Our clinics are busy with a good diversity of diseases and age ranges represented at OHSU, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and Kaiser Permanente.
  • Our state-of-the-art clinical facilities are newly located in OHSU's Center for Health & Healing. An aerial tram links the outpatient facility to the OHSU Hospital, the VAMC and Doernbecher Children's Hospital.