Equity Track

We are thrilled to offer residents the opportunity to elect into our Equity Track.  This track is a collaboration between the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program and the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard and allows our residents to complete dermatology residency training and obtain a Masters in Public Health or Public Administration in 3.25 years.  The Commonwealth fellowship is a one year program that facilitates an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health or MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School with additional mentoring, forums and practicum project in health care delivery systems, minority health, and health policy.  We are grateful to Dr. Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at the Harvard Medical School, for her partnership in this exciting new opportunity for our trainees.


To prepare interested Harvard Dermatology residents to become leaders in the dermatologic health of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations

Equity Track Details:

  • Residents who match into the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program are eligible
  • Residents must be in good standing and meeting or exceeding milestones in ACGME core competencies
  • Residents must indicate interest in this program by September of their PGY-3 year
  • Interested residents must apply for the fellowship and the graduate school of choice by December of PGY-3 year, and be accepted into the program
  • Accepted residents will complete the following:
    • 2 years of dermatology training followed by
    • 1 year as Commonwealth fellow supplemented by weekly continuity clinic followed by
    • 3 months of equity focused dermatology training 
  • Residents in this track will be paid a salary commensurate to their post graduate level of training. 
  • Masters degree will be paid for by the fellowship.  

Equity Community

In addition to the formal Equity Track, in 2021 we launched the Harvard Dermatology Equity Community. This group brings together residents and faculty from across the Harvard dermatology system who are passionate about work in the health equity space.

This community is brought together multiple times a year for discussions and events surrounding health equity in dermatology and serves as a conduit to highlight resources and opportunities across the program that are relevant to advancing health equity in our field.

Interests of Equity Community faculty members range from equity in clinical care delivery, advocacy and policy, academic research, and draws together faculty from across all of our Harvard Dermatology institutions. All residents are invited to participate in the Equity Community and can be paired with faculty members whose interests alight with their own for mentorship in the equity space.