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resident group 17-18

Dean S. Morrell, MD
Program Director

Carolyn Ziemer, MD
Associate Program Director

The Dermatology faculty considers the training of future dermatologists for clinical practice and academic careers to be one of its most important missions.


Application Cycle 2021-2022

Information for Students Applying to Dermatology

Due to the complications of the pandemic, all interviews will be virtual.

Our interview dates will be the mornings of:

11/19/21, 12/3/21, 12/17/21 and 1/14/22.


We will not be hosting open houses or informational sessions. Please use our departmental website, your mentors and our social media (@uncderm_res) for information regarding our training program.

Supplemental ERAS application

This year, our residency program will participate in the new AAMC Supplemental ERAS Application, which will include token preference signaling. Completion of this supplemental application is encouraged but not required.


We are encouraging the supplemental ERAS application as we will be using the data to review applications holistically. This information will be combined with the data in the MyERAS application to better understand applicants’ path to medicine, prior experiences and activities, and what is meaningful to each applicant. Please be honest in your responses, as this will help us and you gauge whether our program can fully appreciate your contributions and prior experiences and support your goals and unique learning style.

Preference signaling

Preference signaling is an option for an applicant to signal interest in our program. Please do not signal our program if you are a UNC medical student or if you have completed a research/clinical trials experience with us. We are using signals in our initial application review but will not use them for ranking. Importantly, not sending a signal is not punitive; we will not know whether an applicant decided not to submit signals or not to submit a signal to our program specifically. We do not filter applications based on metrics or attributes, and strive to perform holistic review on all applications. However, given the sheer volume of applications, if you have a specific interest in our program, a signal will ensure your application receives an in-depth review by program leadership, and could differentiate your application from others with similar listed goals, experiences, and/or metrics.

Pre- and post-interview communication

Because we are participating in the new supplemental application and preference signaling, we will not consider other informal mechanisms of showing interest including emails from you or an advocate, letters of intent, or thank you notes. Please do not send this type of communication either pre- or post-interview. We will communicate with you via email regarding interview information and status of your application. We will not provide additional information about your position on our rank list or likelihood of matching with us.


All interviews will be virtual. We understand that applicants have strong and varying opinions about in-person and virtual interviews. While we want to give applicants the opportunity to get to know our program, residents, faculty, and city in person, we are cognizant of the financial costs of in-person interviews, the impact of travel on our environment, and the potential to lead to inequity and lack of sustainability in the process. Each interviewee will be assigned a ‘resident ambassador’ who will connect with you to relate their training and living experiences with our program before, during and after the interview process. We will host a virtual social event on the evening prior to your interview.

Summary of the Residency:

Our residency is a nationally accredited, three-year program, which meets all training requirements of the ACGME. As of 2018, eighteen full-time training positions have been approved by the ACGME.  We currently have funding and provide training for 16 residents.

Prior to entry into our program, each trainee must have creditably completed at least one postgraduate year within an ACGME-approved program. Most of our residents have had one prior year in internal medicine, although additional years of training, or training in another approved field, such as pediatrics, have also occasionally been taken by some of our trainees prior to entering our residency program.

As our overall goal, it is our intent that every graduate of our residency program will have acquired outstanding clinical skills, encompassing all major areas within the field of dermatology. In so doing, our graduates will then be able to successfully pursue any of several career paths, including clinical practice, fellowship training, industry or academic medicine. To accomplish this goal, each resident will be taught clinical dermatology through the evaluation and management of a large patient population, which is seen within a variety of outpatient and inpatient clinical settings, under the close supervision of our clinical teaching faculty, both in Chapel Hill and at affiliated hospitals and departmental clinics elsewhere. The latter currently include UNC Hospitals (Chapel Hill), Piedmont Health Services, and outpatient office settings at UNC Hospitals (Hillsborough), Southern Village, Burlington, and Raleigh.

This traditional approach to clinical training will be complemented by a series of weekly didactic lectures, conferences, and journal clubs, the contents of which comprise a curriculum which meets all recommended areas of study, as prescribed by the ACGME, to include dermatopathology. At present, this encompasses approximately 4 hours of didactic teaching per week, exclusive of one-on-one teaching within out clinics and on the wards.

Training will be further supported and enhanced by the presence within our department of a number of federally funded research laboratories, clinical investigative programs, clinical trials unit, and active dermatopathology and immunodermatology service laboratories, each of which can provide additionally worthwhile educational experiences to our trainees.

The success of our residency training program over many decades is reflected in (i) the high level of performance of our graduates on the certification examination of the American Board of Dermatology, (ii) the ability of our trainees to obtain fellowships (i.e., in dermatological surgery; dermatopathology; pediatric dermatology; immunodermatology; etc.) or research postdoctoral positions within other nationally acclaimed institutions, and (iii) the number of our graduates who have gone on to develop their own academic careers in clinical or investigative dermatology.

Career Tracks:

We appreciate and support residents with varying career paths and goals.  Indeed, over the past twenty years, approximately 25% of our graduates joined the faculty of a department of dermatology and another 25% pursued post-graduate fellowships.

For those residents interested in research academic careers, opportunities do exist within our department for elective rotations with any of our faculty who have active research programs (laboratory or clinical).

At present, every resident has four weeks of elective time, which may be used to pursue any area of interest pertinent to the field of dermatology, upon approval of the Program Director and Elective Committee.