July 13, 2020

Dear Applicants,

Thank you for your interest in the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program. For the 2022 Match, we will be offering eight positions for our Advanced-Dermatology program and one position for our Medicine-Dermatology program.  We do not offer positions outside of the NRMP Match.

We understand that COVID-19 has impacted the lives of all applicants. Please see our statement here for an update on important changes in the application process.  

Unfortunately, we will not be offering in-person or virtual away electives at our hospitals this year.  Interviews and recruitment will be held virtually.  We know that these constraints will make it difficult for you to get to know our program.  Therefore, we held an informational webinar about our program on Wednesday August 12.  You can find a recording of this webinar here.  Also, please take some time to review our newly updated website and our Welcome Handbook to find out if we are the right fit for you.

Our program, Harvard Medical School and all of our affiliate hospitals do not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Every completed application is reviewed; we do not exclude applicants based on type or location of medical school, USMLE scores, or research training.  At present, we are not accepting applicants who have completed previous residency training beyond internship with the exception of internal medicine or pediatrics.

We utilize a holistic review process that takes into account all aspects of the application, with a special emphasis on clinical performance, leadership, and community service.  We recognize that applicants are offered varying degrees of opportunity based on their educational and personal circumstances, and embrace the diversity that brings to our applicant pool and our residents.   

For the upcoming 2020-21 Match season:

  • Deadline for applications is October 21, 2020.
  • Interview dates are January 12, 2021 and January 14, 2021.
  • Interviews for our Medicine-Dermatology Program are January 11, 2021. 
  • Interviews and recruitment will be virtual.

We anticipate sending out interview invitations in November. Due to the high number of applications we receive, we regrettably cannot interview many stellar candidates. All applicants will be notified of their interview decision by email.

For further information, please contact our program at

We know that each and every one of you has worked incredibly hard to get to this point in your education, and congratulate you all on your accomplishments. We hope you give our program strong consideration.  Best of luck in the application process!

Our best,

Kristina Liu, MD, Marissa Heller, MD and Jennifer Huang, MD on behalf of Harvard Dermatology