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. 
We have also recently started an Infliximab Infusion Center in our clinic and we have a Hidradenitis Suppurativa specialty Clinic designation.
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.
Third Year 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 
  • Solomiya Grushchak, MD 
    Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 
  • Cossette Joy, MD 
    Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine  

Second Year Residents (2020– 2023) 

    • Tina Hsu, MD 
      Washington University School of Medicine
    • Joanna Jaros, MD 
      University of Illinois College of Medicine 
    • Kumar Nadhan, MD 
      Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University  
    • Jeena Sandhu, MD 
      University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine 

    First Year Residents (2021 – 2024) 

      • Elena Gonzalez Caldito, MD 
        Universidad de Valladolid Facultad de Medicina
      • Meenakshi Manivannan, MD
        Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University 
      • Lindsay Sklover, MD
        Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
      • Brigitte Utter, MD
        University of Miami School of Medicine

      Future Residents (2022 – 2025) 

        • Jacob Dudzinski, MD
          St. Louis University School of Medicine
        • Subuhi Kaul, MD
          Kasturba Medical College Mangalore
        • Hiren Kolli, MD
          Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
        Department Chair: Dr. Joerg Albrecht
        Program Director: Dr. David Othman
        Mohs Surgeon: Dr. Aleksandar Krunic
        Faculty: Dr. Jerry Feldman, Dr. Shilpa Mehta, Dr. Vesna Petronic-Rosic, Dr. Warren Piette


        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:

        If you wish to apply for a rotation with Cook County Dermatology please email the items below to The deadline for applications is May 13, 2022. We will inform you by June 13, 2022 if you have been selected to join us.

        This year we will offer a total of 16 positions between the months of August and November. We are unable to offer rotations to Foreign Graduates. We are currently planning to offer in person rotations but this is contingent our institution’s COVID-19 protocols.

        As part of your rotation, you will work closely with the residents and faculty on some of the most confounding cases in Chicago. Positions will go quickly so be sure to submit your application as soon as possible.

        • A 200-word response to: “Why you would like to pursue dermatology and why completing a rotation at Cook County Hospital is important to you”.
        • A Headshot photograph
        • CV
        • Immunization Record
        • Residents/Fellows 
        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 three positions available. We will fill all three 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. 

          Timeline for Cook County Dermatology Virtual Interview Season: TBD


          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.