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About the Program

The Dermatology Residency Training Program in the Department of Dermatology at The University of Iowa is a fully approved, three-year program which provides trainees with educational and practical experience that will enable them to deliver superior specialized skin care to patients.

There is particular emphasis on clinical dermatology and dermatologic surgery. The correlation of cutaneous pathophysiology with clinical disease and response to therapy is strongly emphasized in our clinical services. While the emphasis of training in this department is clinical, research (either clinical or laboratory) is encouraged and adequate time for such research studies will be made available on an individual basis.

There are 15 positions in the Dermatology Residency Training Program. All trainees are expected to complete the three-year program, but appointments are for one year with yearly reappointment. Five new residents are accepted per year. It is expected that all trainees will be eligible to sit for the examination of the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) upon completion of their residency.

The department is located in modern quarters including a clinic with 17 exam rooms, six Mohs surgery rooms, three laser surgery rooms and an ultraviolet therapy room. All of these facilities are immediately below the departmental offices of faculty and residents.

Our state-of-the-art departmental research laboratories, approximately 4,000 square feet, are within walking distance. The department also staffs an outpatient consultation service at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This facility is located immediately adjacent to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Approximately 30,000 patient visits are made yearly to the clinical service areas within the department. All patients are available for student and resident teaching. The residents carry a major responsibility for patient care, under faculty supervision. Patients are drawn from a large geographic area (all of Iowa, western Illinois, and northern Missouri), providing a wide spectrum of diseases. In addition to referrals from outside the University, a large number of referrals are seen from the University of Iowa Student Health Service and other specialty departments within University of Iowa Health Care.

Mission Statement

To promote the highest quality of health for patients with skin disease through creative teaching, systematic research, and the provision of empathetic, judicious, state-of-the-art medical care.


Accreditation of individuals trained in Dermatology is provided by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD). To be eligible for examination you must have satisfactorily completed 12 months of broad clinical training (PGY-1) and a formal residency training program in Dermatology of at least 36 months. For more detailed information visit the American Board of Dermatology’s website at www.abderm.org.