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Cook County Health offers a unique, high energy and stimulating environment that provides outstanding clinical training in dermatology.

Our residency program is accredited for three years of post-graduate medical education leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Dermatology.
Four residents are accepted each year. Applicants are required to have completed at least one year of clinical training prior to the beginning of the program. Applicants who have completed prior residencies are encouraged to apply. 
The program is clinically oriented and allows the residents to follow their assigned patients throughout the three years in a busy outpatient clinic. 
One half-day per week is devoted exclusively to our large Pediatric Dermatology Clinic. Inpatient ward service and hospital consultations under attending staff supervision provide training in the diagnosis and management of severely ill dermatological patients. Special emphasis is given to dermatological surgery, and dermatopathology. Lectures and conferences comprise part of the daily activities.
Second Year Residents (2017 – 2020) 
  • Jessika Davis, MD 
    University of Alabama School of Medicine 
  • Susan Hwang, MD 
    Wayne State University School of Medicine 
  • Dorothy Rodenbeck, MD 
    Medical College of Georgia 
  • Charles Vainder, MD 
    Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University 
First Year Residents (2018 – 2021) 
  • Morgan Covington, MD 
    University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine 
  • Rahil Dharia, MD 
    Wayne State University School of Medicine 
  • Hana Stelle, MD 
    University of Washington School of Medicine 
  • Allison Wang, MD 
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical School 
Future Residents (2019 – 2022) 
  • Camila Antila, MD 
    University of Florida College of Medicine 
  • Benjamin Falck, MD 
    University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine 
  • Solomyia Gruschak, MD 
    Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 
  • Cossette Joy, MD 
    Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine  


Medical Students 
Medical Students who are currently enrolled in a U.S. medical school who are interested in completing an elective experience in the Division of Dermatology should email Zoe Beard at  dermatologyresidency@cookcountyhealth.org. We are offering a Virtual Learning Option this year for our Medical Student Rotation.
Please include your medical school, and the dates of your requested experience. The months of August through October are reserved for medical students who are interested in pursuing a residency in Dermatology. We are unable to accommodate foreign medical students. The deadline for rotation requests is 8/21/2020
Physicians who are actively enrolled in an accredited residency or fellowship program should contact the program coordinator to inquire about availability: We are unable to accommodate physicians who are not currently in a training program.  Observerships are not allowed. 
Positions Available 
We have four positions available. We will fill all four positions through the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program). 
We only accept applications submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) 
We require that all of the following information be submitted by our deadline: 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Medical School Transcript 
  • Minimum of Three (3) letters of recommendation 
  • MSPE/Dean’s letter 
    • Personal statement 
    • Photograph (if selected for interview) 
    • Standard ERAS application 
    • USMLE scores: Step 1 (or equivalent). If additional steps have been completed, those scores should also be submitted. 

    Interviews will be held in January. Applicants will be contacted in late November and into December regarding their status. Applicants selected for interview will be notified by telephone or email. Applicants selected as alternates and those not selected for interview will be notified by email only. 

    Additional Information 

    We do consider applications from candidates with prior residency training. 

    Prior to beginning dermatology training with our program, all residents must complete at least 12 months of clinical training in one of the following types of broad-based programs in the U.S. accredited by the  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)  or a similar program in Canada accredited by the  Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: a transitional year (formerly called flexible first postgraduate year), or a first year residency in emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, or preliminary year. 

    Didactic Curriculum

    The mission of the Cook County Hospital Dermatology Residency Program is to produce excellent clinical dermatologists and leaders in the field of dermatology.
    This is accomplished by providing an educational and analytical environment that encourages personal growth, teamwork, effective communication, compassion, state-of-the-art clinical care, sensitivity to the individual needs of patients, professionalism, collegiality, career-long learning, clinical curiosity, scholarship, and scientific inquiry. 
    Within this framework, the following specific educational objectives will be emphasized: 
    1. Acquisition of proficiency in the dermatopathological diagnosis of skin disease. 
    2. Acquisition of proficiency in the professional communication skills necessary for effective patient care and collegial professional interaction. 
    3. Expansion of personal fund of knowledge concerning clinical, etiological, and pathophysiological aspects of all dermatological disease as reflected by successful completion of national in-training and certifying examinations. 
    4. Gain proficiency in the use of modern educational tools for maximizing the efficiency of lifelong professional learning. 
    5. Mastery of the skills of medical decision-making and judgment relevant to the comprehensive, efficient management of complex medical and procedural dermatologic disease. 
    6. Mastery of the technical skills relevant to the efficient diagnosis and management of general and complex dermatologic disease to the equivalent of that of a conscientious practicing general dermatologist.

      To accomplish these goals, a faculty dedicated to patient care, teaching, scholarship, research, and intellectual curiosity will provide the infrastructure for the resident learning experience. The resident will be expected to be self-motivated, responsive to guidance, willing to invest the time and effort necessary for self-learning, and fully dedicated to patient care and career-long education. 

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