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Rotation schedule

This is a typical rotation schedule for the Dermatology Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to the rotations, you have a weekly dermatologic surgery procedure clinic as part of your experience.

First year (PGY-2)
Rotation Length
Outpatient dermatology and procedure clinic 8 months
Inpatient dermatology consults 2 months
Dermatopathology laboratory 1 month
Inpatient dermatology (Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota) 1 month
Second year (PGY-3)
Rotation Length
Outpatient dermatology and procedure clinic 5 months
Inpatient dermatology consults 2 months
Dermatopathology laboratory 2 months
Pediatric dermatology (Phoenix Children's Hospital) 1 month
Dermatology surgery 2 months
Third year (PGY-4): Senior resident associate (SRA)
Rotation Length
Outpatient dermatology and procedure clinic 7 months
Inpatient dermatology consults 2 months
Dermatology electives 2 months
Pediatric dermatology (Phoenix Children's Hospital) 1 month

Rotation descriptions

First year

During the first year of the Dermatology Residency, most of your clinical time is spent in the Dermatology Clinic, where you are closely supervised by the dermatology faculty. Each week, you spend one half-day assisting with dermatologic surgery. You also rotate in the dermatopathology laboratory for one month.

On a rotational basis, you are assigned to the inpatient consult service at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville each afternoon.

A one-month elective is available for you in the Dermatology Inpatient Service at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Your participation in this elective is strongly encouraged. Due to the size of its referral practice, the Rochester campus' inpatient service provides a unique experience. During the rotation, you learn to care for patients with serious, acute and chronic skin disorders, as well as associated systemic problems. You also have the opportunity to participate in the psoriasis day care center and spend time in the immunodermatopathology laboratory.

Second year

During the second year, you participate in rotations in dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology and outpatient consultative dermatology. This experience includes two months in the dermatopathology laboratory, with the opportunity to work closely with the two dermatopathologists in the department.

There are seven months of clinical dermatology practice in a closely supervised setting. On a rotational basis, you also provide inpatient dermatology consultations at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville.

One month of year two is spent at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Additionally, one half-day each week, one dermatology resident is in a community private practice pediatric outpatient setting.

Two months are spent in the dermatology surgery clinic.

Third year

You spend your final year (PGY-4) in dermatology training as a senior resident in the outpatient clinic, with daily supervision by the Mayo consultant staff. You gain more experience in diagnosis and procedures under the supervision of the consulting staff. Senior residents also regularly participate in the patch test clinic.

You have two months of elective time that can be spent in clinical research, surgery, dermatopathology or an international dermatology rotation if awarded the Mayo International Health Program scholarship.

In select situations, you may have the opportunity to complete an approved elective at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, or Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. You have a one-month pediatric dermatology rotation at Phoenix Children's Hospital through Mayo's Arizona campus.

On a rotational basis, you provide inpatient dermatology consultations at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville.

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of Mayo Clinic's Dermatology Residency.

A typical conference schedule is:


  • Resident core curriculum conference
  • Mayo-wide dermatopathology or surgery conference
  • Resident pharmacology and genodermatoses review


  • Dermatology Grand Rounds (first Tuesday of the month)
  • Journal club or other conference (second and fourth Tuesdays of the month)
  • Kodachrome unknowns (third Tuesday of the month)


  • Dermatopathology conference
  • Medical Grand Rounds


  • Kodachrome conference or lecture


  • Specialty journal club or surgical lecture

Research training

You are encouraged to participate in research projects with the consulting staff. You could be involved in a clinical-pathological correlative study, clinical reports, a clinical pharmacology study, clinical research related to dermatologic surgery or a dermatopathology project. You also are encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation at national meetings.

Call frequency

On average, you are on overnight and weekend home call every sixth week. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Career development

You meet periodically with various faculty members and the program director to discuss your professional goals. Mayo Clinic recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs, so when you successfully complete one of the graduate training programs in dermatology, job opportunities may be available at one of Mayo Clinic's group practices.


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Dermatology Residency. You are evaluated formally each quarter. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

  • Dec 16, 2015
  • ART425661