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Rotation schedule

The following is a typical dermatology residency rotation schedule

First Year (PGY-2) Length
Outpatient dermatology 9 months
Inpatient dermatology 1 month
Dermatopathology laboratory 1 month
Inpatient dermatology at
Mayo Clinic in Rochester
1 month
Second Year (PGY-3) Length
Outpatient dermatology 6 months
Inpatient dermatology 1 month
Dermatopathology laboratory 2 months
Pediatric dermatology 1 month
Dermatology Surgery 2 months
Third Year (PGY-4)
Senior resident associate (SRA)
Outpatient dermatology 8 months
Inpatient dermatology 1 month
Dermatology elective 2 months
Pediatric Dermatology 1 month

In addition to the rotations, you will have a weekly dermatologic surgery procedure clinic as part of your experience.

Rotation descriptions

First Year

During the first year of your residency program, most of your clinical time will be spent in the Dermatology Clinic where you will be closely supervised by the faculty. Each week, you will spend one half day assisting with dermatologic surgery. You will also rotate in the Dermatopathology laboratory for one month.

On a rotational basis you will be assigned to the hospital service at Mayo Hospital in Jacksonville each afternoon. This is a consultation service.

A one-month elective is available for you in the Dermatology Inpatient Service at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Your participation in this elective is strongly encouraged. Due to the size of its referral practice, Mayo Clinic's inpatient service provides a unique experience. During the rotation you will learn to care for patients with serious, acute and chronic skin disorders, as well as associated systemic problems. You will 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 will participate in rotations in dermatopathology, pediatrics 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 will also be seven months of outpatient evaluations - including patch testing - in a mentored setting. On a rotational basis , you will also provide inpatient dermatology consultations at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville.

One month of year two will be spent at Mayo Clinic Arizona at the Phoenix Children's Hospital. Additionally, one half day each week will also be in a local pediatric outpatient setting.

Two months will be spent in the Dermatology Surgery Clinic.

Third Year

On average you will spend your final year in dermatology training (PGY-4) as a senior resident in the outpatient department, with daily supervision by the Mayo consultant staff. You will gain more experience in diagnosing procedures under the supervision of the consulting staff.

You will have two months of elective time that can be spent in clinical research, surgery, dermatopathology or outpatient clinic work. In selected situations, you may have the opportunity to do an approved elective at Mayo Clinic in Rochester or Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

You will have a one month pediatric dermatology rotation through Mayo Clinic Arizona at the Phoenix Children's Hospital.

On a rotational basis you will provide inpatient dermatology consultations at Mayo Hospital.

Didactic training

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

Typical Conference Schedule

  • Monday
    • P.M. Dermatopathology Conference
    • P.M. Core Curriculum Conference
    • P.M. Pharmacology Review
  • Tuesday A.M. Dermatology Department Rounds (1st Tuesday of the month)
    • A.M. Journal Club or other conferences
  • Wednesday
    • A.M. Dermatopathology conferences or surgical lecture
    • Noon Medical Grand Rounds
  • Thursday
    • A.M. Kodachrome conference or surgical lecture

In addition to participating in weekly conferences and national meetings, you will complete other required didactic training which includes:

  • A lecture series in bioethics
  • Instruction in economics and legal issues

Research training

You will be 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 or laboratory-based research related to dermatologic surgery, or a dermatopathology project. You also will be encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation at national meetings.

Call frequency

On average you will be on call every sixth night and every sixth weekend. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


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

Career development

You will meet periodically with various faculty members, administrators and the program director to discuss your professional goals. Mayo Clinic recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs. Thus, 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.

  • Sep 12, 2012
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