University of Vermont Dermatology Residency

Welcome to the information page for the Dermatology Residency Program at UVM Medical Center/University of Vermont.

The greatest strength of our dermatology residency program is a broad and deep exposure to clinical dermatology. Academic conferences are held weekly, including a resident basic science conference, dermatology grand rounds, dermatopathology rounds, and journal club.

Attendance at local meetings and departmental CME courses is encouraged. Residents who have had abstracts accepted at national meetings may attend the meeting at departmental expense.Contact the Program Coordinator

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.

At present, we accept two residents per year

Specific rotations for up to one month at a time are provided each year in dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology, and general dermatology. Shorter rotations both on and off site are available to learn specialized procedures in and related to dermatology and dermatologic surgery.

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, Restylane, pulsed dye laser, Alexandrite laser, Long pulse Alexandrite hair removal laser, and sclerotherapy.

Inpatient consultations are all seen by our residents as primary evaluation. On average there is one inpatient consultation per day.

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

The faculty is comprised of eight full-time dermatology faculty and two full-time dermatopathologists.  We are allied with multiple faculty in other division who provide instruction in other areas such as sentinel lymph node biopsy.  

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

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

Our dermatology residency program and student coordinator is Margo Mertz. Any questions may be directed to her.

Joseph C. Pierson MD

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