Currently, we offer limited opportunities for dermatology clerkships for external students.  We also welcome the opportunity to share information about our residency training programs.  We will be offering virtual informational webinars (please check our Calendar of Events) this year.  Any dermatology interested student, regardless of anticipated application cycle, is welcome to attend.


Non-Harvard Medical students:

Non-HMS Medical students interested an exchange clerkship at a Harvard affiliated hospital should contact the HMS Registrar.

Fourth year and qualified third year URiM medical students can apply for support to participate in an exchange clerskhip through the Harvard Medical school Visiting Clerkship Program.  Please see other opportunities for URiM students here.


Harvard Medical students:

We offer several dermatology electives for Harvard Medical students.  The Dermatology Clinical Clerkship is our introductory dermatology elective, available to all third and fourth year medical students.  After completing this clerkship, students are eligible to enroll our Advanced Dermatology elective, Lupus elective, and/or Oncodermatology elective.  Please review your Coursebook for further details about each elective.  

You can also find useful information on how to prepare for your electives through this resource, created by HMS students under the supervision of our faculty.

Dermatology Clinical Clerkship, Course director: Vanessa Pascoe, MD, Program coordinator: Mackenzie Leonard (
Advanced Dermatology Elective, Course director: Sotonye Imadojemu, MD, Program coordinator: Mackenzie Leonard (
Lupus elective, Course director: Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD, Program coordinator: Mackenzie Leonard (
Oncodermatology elective, Course director, Steven Chen, MD, MPH, Program coordinator: Kelsang Dolma (
Independent study (Discuss with your HMS advisor)


Dermatology Interest Group

We recommend that HMS Medical students interested in Dermatology join the Dermatology Interest Group (DIG).  Dermatology faculty and residents serve as advisors for this group.


Research Opportunities

To find out more about research going on with our program, please visit this page.

We also have many dermatology faculty who are interested in serving as research advisors for medical students.  You are welcome to view our directory and contact these faculty directly. 

Dermatology Advisors

The HMS Dermatology Core Advisory Committee is composed of five faculty advisors, each of whom serve as course or site directors for the HMS Dermatology Clinical Clerkship, who welcome students to contact them for career guidance.   Their role is to inform you of career opportunities and the basic process of applying for dermatology residency, and to identify appropriate mentors for you.  Based on your interests, they may meet with you or assign you directly to another mentor.  Please let them know your medical student year and a little bit about your interests and background. 

Course director: Vanessa Pascoe, MD, (also BIDMC Site Director)
BCH: Kristen Corey, MD,
BIDMC: Vanessa Pascoe MD,  
BWH: Elizabeth Buzney, MD,  
MGH: Steven Chen, MD, 


Boston Children's Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Student Run Clinic

This faculty-student collaborative aims to increase access to dermatologic care for underinsured children.  Efforts include monthly evening clinics at Boston Children's Hospital staffed by Harvard medical students, dermatology trainees and BCH faculty, community outreach and education, and participating in pipeline programs for local youth.  Both junior and senior students are eligible to participate.  For more information, please visit our website.  

Other Useful Resources

MGH Medical Student Poster AwardStipend for American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting
BWH Medical Student Poster/Presentation Award – Stipend for American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) or Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting
Contact Tanya Kershaw: