"A dermatologist is trained to diagnose and treat pediatric and adult patients with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, mouth, external genitalia, hair and nails, as well as a number of sexually transmitted diseases. The dermatologist has had additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles, and other tumors of the skin, the management of contact dermatitis, and other allergic and nonallergic skin disorders, and in the recognition of the skin manifestations of systemic (including internal malignancy) and infectious diseases. Dermatologists have special training in dermatopathology--the diagnosis of skin diseases including infectious, immunologic, degenerative, and neoplastic--and in the surgical techniques used in dermatology. The care of the dermatology patient may entail both topical and systemic medical therapeutics and a variety of surgical and cosmetic procedures, including excisions, sclerotherapy, laser surgery, liposuction, hair transplants and tissue augmentation therapies, anti-aging treatments, injectable and implantable soft tissue fillers, correction of acne scarring, chemical peeling, vein therapy, skin cancer treatment, and reconstructive flaps and grafts. In addition, dermatologists have a role in the care of normal skin, skin cancer prevention, and sun protection."  --AAMC Careers in Medicine


5 Most Frequently Encountered Conditions in Dermatology:

1. Acne

2. Eczema

3. Skin Cancer

4. Psoriasis

5. Warts

Specialty information (match data, length of training)

Match Data (Updated 2014; starting pg. 45)

Mean USMLE Step I of matched applicants: 247

Mean USMLE Step II of matched applicants: 255


Length of training: 4 years, including a broad-based PGY-1 year of training.


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Henry Quash (

Faculty Advisor: 
Dr. John Zic (

VUMC Residency Director: 
Dr. Jami Miller (

VUMC Faculty to Contact: 
VMS students have recommended these faculty members as great contacts for career info, shadowing experiences, and research opportunities  

General Dermatology: Dr. Jami Miller  (

Dermatopathology: Dr. Jeff Zwerner (

Mohs Surgery: Dr. Bill Stebbins  (

CTCL: Dr. John Zic  (