Welcome and thank you for your interest in the University of Vermont Medical Center Dermatology Residency Program.

At present, we accept two residents per year.

The greatest strength of our dermatology residency program is a broad and deep exposure to clinical dermatology, surgical dermatology and dermatopathology.

Dermatology grand rounds are held monthly (1st Thursday of the month)

Academic conferences are held weekly. These include:

Thursday afternoons:

  • Resident basic science lectures
  • Journal club
  • Clinical-Path Correlation conference
  • Kodachrome review sessions

Friday mornings:

  • Dermatopathology lectures
  • Dermatopathology slide review sessions
  • Pharmacology & Genodermatoses lectures

Specific rotations for one month at a time are provided each year in general dermatology, dermatologic surgery and dermatopathology. External rotations area available during elective months if a specific focus of dermatology is not offered on site.

The surgical curriculum is weighted heavily toward cutaneous oncology. However, the resident will also become proficient and will have hands on experience in the utilization of botulinum toxin, filler, pulsed dye laser, Alexandrite laser, Long pulse Alexandrite hair removal laser, and chemical peels.

In part because the dermatology residency program is small, resident exposure to all aspects of dermatology is particularly broad. Our goal is to prepare individuals both for clinical academic careers and for general dermatology practice.

Residents take call for inpatient consults and emergencies during their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. On average there is one inpatient consultation per day.

Residents are encouraged to develop their responsibilities as teachers. They are responsible for teaching junior residents and medical students. Residents are encouraged to attend and expected to present at local and national meetings, as well as publish during their residency tenure.

The faculty is comprised of fourteen full-time dermatology faculty, including one pediatric dermatologist, four mohs surgeons and three dermatopathologists.

Applications are accepted only through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. The deadline for completed applications is October 1.

Those selected to interview are notified by November. At interview, candidates will meet with each faculty member and our residents.

Our dermatology residency program administrator is Heather Gottfried. Any questions may be directed to her.


Joseph C. Pierson MD

Joseph C. Pierson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Dermatology Residency Program Director

Dermatology sites:
Larner College of Medicine at UVM
UVM Medical Center

Interested in applying?

Program number for ERAS Applications: