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.



Harvard University Employees Credit Union Resident & Fellow Loan:

Mass General Brigham (MGB) is excited to announce that a partnership with the Harvard University Employees Credit Union to offer a new loan program for residents and fellows. This targeted loan program was created specifically for the expected needs of MGB trainees, and is able to offer favorable rates and flexible repayment terms tailored to the needs and timetable of residents and fellows. This program will be available to residents and fellow who Match to an MGB Program as well as those already enrolled.

Eligible Professionals

Program Details

The Resident and Fellow Loan is designed for those:

· Accepted and/or enrolled in an MGB Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) sponsored training program



· Total borrowing limit during your residency and fellowship $20,000 annually, $60,000 over the length of your program

· Low fixed rates

· Repayment flexibility with 5, 10, or 15 year term

· No pre-payment penalty

· 0.25% interest rate reduction for automatic recurring payments

· 0.25% interest rates reduction for qualifying relationships


For more information or to Apply:




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 option of arranging 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?

During the pandemic, all Grand Rounds and didactic sessions were converted to virtual formats.  We now have a combination of in-person and virtual sessions.

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.  We have now returned to in-person clinics and consultative services.