FAQs

What are Harvard Dermatology resident salaries and benefits?

As a Harvard Derm resident, you are employed by Partners Healthcare.  Our program is under the supervision and regulation of Partners GME.  Resident salaries and benefits can be found here.

 

What is the average cost of living for a resident in Boston?

The majority of most residents' monthly expenditure is on housing.  The average rental prices for one and two bedroom apartments in Boston and surrounding areas can be found here.  In addition, residents may pay for parking and/or Uber/Lyft to travel to and from work.  Partners offers discounted monthly parking for residents on the Longwood and MGH campuses.  Monthly residential parking can range from $200-400/month.  Prices for groceries and restaurants are similar to other urban areas of the US.  Please visit this page for information about resident salary and benefits at Partners.

 

What are all of the application components and requirements for the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program (e.g. number of LORs, who should write LORs, secondary essays/applications, USMLE Step 2 CS/CK scores, USMLE Step 1 scores)?

We review all applicants who submit a completed ERAS application, 3 or more letters of recommendation (LOR),  and record of a passing USMLE Step 1 score.  

LORs: At least one of your LORs should be written by a U.S. based dermatologist, and attest to your clinical skills.  We do not require a Chair letter.  We strongly recommend selecting letter writers who know you well and attest to your professional skills and talents.  

Secondary essay/application:  We currently do not require a secondary application.

USMLE: We do not require USMLE Step 2 scores.  We do not exclude applicants based on USMLE scores (other than a passing grade).  

Research requirements: We do not exclude applicants based on type or extent of research training.  We recognize that each applicant has worked hard towards their own professional goals, and look for commitment to individual passions and how this relates to future goals within our specialty.  

Foreign medical graduates: We do not exclude applicants based on location of medical school.  At least one of your LORs should be written by a U.S. based dermatologist, and attest to your clinical skills.  

Osteopathic schools: We do not exclude applicants based on type of medical school.  

Prior residency training: At present, we are not accepting applicants who have completed previous residency training beyond internship with the exception of internal medicine or pediatrics.

 

Do I need a car if I am a Harvard Derm resident?

Depending on the location of your home and clinic site, as well as local traffic, it could take up to one hour to travel to and from work.  In addition, our residents often travel between sites during the work day.  While some of our residents rely on public transportation, we strongly recommend having your own personal vehicle for convenience.  Partners offers discounted monthly parking for residents on the Longwood and MGH campuses.  Parking at other sites is free.

 

What is your parental leave policy?

Starting in July 2021, all ABMS Member Boards with training programs of two or more years duration will allow for a minimum of six weeks away once during training for purposes of parental, caregiver, and medical leave, without exhausting time allowed for vacation or sick leave and without requiring an extension in training.  American Board of Dermatology allows residents to take a maximum of 8 weeks away from the program in a given year, and a maximum of 16 weeks away from the program over a three year period.

Our program offers residents the ability to take 8 weeks away from the program for parental leave.  Residents can choose to arrange 4 weeks of elective time to follow this period of leave to allow for increased flexibility.

What changes has the program made since the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have made many changes to our clinical and didactic curriculum since the pandemic!  During the pandemic, all Grand Rounds and didactic sessions were converted to virtual formats.  We added daily kodachrome sessions and incorporated outside faculty and alumni into our didactic schedule.  Now that we have returned to in-person clinics, extra didactics have been suspended, but all regularly scheduled Grand Rounds and didactic sessions remain virtual.

During the pandemic, all of our residents provided remote inpatient and outpatient dermatologic care, unless there was an urgent or emergent case that required in-person evaluation.  While we have returned to in-person clinics and consultative servies, we have incorporated teledermatology into the some blocks of our clinical curriculum.