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FAQ

  1. When is the application deadline?
  2. How much does a first-year resident earn?
  3. How many residents are in the program?
  4. How much time is spent at the James J. Peters VA Hospital (Bronx VA)?
  5. How do NYPH/CUMC dermatology residents perform on the boards?
  6. Is there an opportunity to participate in research?
  7. Is affordable housing available for residents?
  8. Is moonlighting allowed?
  9. Will my USMLE scores determine if my application is reviewed or not reviewed?
  10. Are foreign medical graduates eligible for a dermatology residency at NYPH/CUMC?
  11. Does your program consider applicants who are not US citizens?
  12. Does your program consider applicants who have completed post medical graduate training past internship?
  13. Whom do I contact for more information?
  14. What professional paths do NYPH/CUMC dermatology residents pursue after graduation?
  15. What is the call schedule like?

When is the application deadline?

The residency application deadline for the NYPH/CUMC Department of Dermatology is October 1.

How much does a first-year resident earn?

All residents are paid a competitive salary by New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) which is reflective upon living in New York City. You can obtain the NYPH salary scale by visiting https://e-net.nyp.org/gme. To view the information close out the "connect to e-net.nyo.org" box.

How many residents are in the program?

There are 12 residents averaging 3-4 residents per year.

How much time is spent at the James J. Peters VA Hospital (Bronx VA)?

Residents will average 9-10 months of their 3 years at the VA Hospital.  All reasonable attempts will be made to keep these rotations in 2-3 month blocks in order to facilitate continuity of care.

How do NYPH/CUMC dermatology residents perform on the boards?

All graduating residents in the past 20 years have passed the boards on their first attempt.

Is there an opportunity to participate in research?

The department endeavors to create an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and is delighted to support individuals who express an interest in pursuing academic research. A multitude of opportunities for research exist within the department and the medical center. The department has a very active Basic Science Research Program as well as a Clinic Trials section, which provide research opportunities for any interested residents.

Basic Science Research Group (BSRG)

The research facilities are located in completely reconstructed laboratories on the 15th floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic.  The 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space includes contiguous laboratories with benches, smaller rooms for tissue culture and animal procedures, a facility for irradiation of cells and animals, and a suite for microscopy. The BSRG also has an especially dedicated Photobiology Research Unit with complete light-opaque capabilities, state-of-the-art light sources and radiometers.  The research laboratories are also equipped with Macintosh and PC computers with fax and modem capabilities, which are fully networked with the Columbia University and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center systems.  These are used for literature searches, DNA and protein sequence analysis, and image analysis. In addition, the facility has a teaching/conference room for ongoing research seminars, lectures, and research meetings. Residents are encouraged to consider fellowship training in research.

Is affordable housing available for residents?

Finding affordable housing in New York City can be challenging.  There is a “Real Estate Office” available to help residents find convenient and affordable housing. Because of our proximity to Westchester and Northern New Jersey, some residents have chosen to look for housing in these areas, as well.

Is moonlighting allowed?

Moonlighting is prohibited.

Will my USMLE scores determine if my application is reviewed or not reviewed?

Yes. Applicants must score a minimum of 200 on their USMLE Step I in order for their application to be reviewed by the Resident Selection Committee.

Are foreign medical graduates eligible for a dermatology residency at NYPH/CUMC?

Our department will consider exceptional foreign medical graduates who are ECFMG certified and eligible to practice medicine in the United States for residency.

Does your program consider applicants who are not US citizens?

All applicants who are eligible to work and practice medicine in the United States are equally considered.

Does your program consider applicants who have completed post medical graduate training past internship?

Outstanding applicants who have completed another residency or part of another residency are equally considered.

Whom do I contact for more information?

The Department has full-time Residency Program Administrator in order to meet the needs of our residents and to accomplish the educational goals outlined in our mission statement. If you need additional information, please contact Brandi Snape, Medical Education Manager at 212-305-5317 or at bs2054@columbia.edu.

What professional paths do NYPH/CUMC dermatology residents pursue after graduation?

In recent years, many Columbia Dermatology graduates pursued academic careers at NYPH/CUMC as well as other prestigious institutions in the country.  More than half maintained academic appointments at Columbia/NYPH as either a fulltime or voluntary faculty member. Still others decided to further their specialty with fellowships in cosmetic dermatology, Mohs surgery and dermatopathology.

What is the call schedule like?

On average a first year resident will generally have 12-14 weeks of call. Second year residents average 8-12 weeks per year and third year residents, taking second call, average 8-12 weeks.


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