The Application and Selection Process

The University of Michigan Department of Dermatology participates in ERAS® (Electronic Residency Application System) for residency applications. For additional information and to arrange for your application, please visit ERAS® online at: Every application submitted is individually reviewed by at least one faculty member.

Please contact us at with further questions as we do not accept phone calls from resident applicants.

Residency beginning Application deadline Interview visits
July 1, 2019 OCTOBER 9, 2017 - UPDATED DATES TBD

Your ERAS application must include:

  • USMLE Part 1 board scores (we accept only USMLE board scores)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Dean's letter of reference

Application Criteria:

  • Applications are accepted from graduating medical students, and candidates who have completed a one-year internship.
  • Prior research experience is not a requirement for receiving an interview.
  • USMLE Part 1 scores are considered, as well as Part 2 and Part 3 scores when available. Based on past years, candidates with USMLE Step 1 board scores below 220 are unlikely to receive an interview.
  • We accept applications for applicants from medical schools outside the US. Based on past years, only truly exceptional candidates have received interviews. We recommend that a separate letter detailing your exceptional promise be emailed to Dr. Helfrich from a faculty researcher of international stature with whom you have worked. This ONLY applies to applicants from NON-US Medical schools.
  • Only a J-1 type of visa is accepted. Candidates with other types of visas should not apply.
  • We do not screen on a candidate's AOA status.

The Selection Process

After all applications are reviewed, a faculty-based committee selects preferred candidates for interview. Those who are invited to interview receive an information packet with specific details and instructions for the interview date. When you interview here, you will be interviewing for our advanced three-year dermatology program without an internship (i.e. internship completed elsewhere). Tours and important information is provided on Friday afternoon, along with a faculty reception. There is a dinner with current residents on Friday evening. Interview day begins early on Saturday and lasts all day, with each applicant meeting individually with many interviewers. When all interviews have been completed, interviewing faculty meet to discuss and prepare the rank list which is then provided to the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program). U-M Dermatology fully commits to and participates in the NRMP.

You may be interested in research opportunities that are offered in Dermatology. You can extend the dermatology portion of your residency to include research years. We have a separate match choice listed on the NRMP as “Dermatology/Research”. If you are interested in a research career, we will organize the research program after you match with us.


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