Academics & Training

Dermatology Academics & Training


The dermatology residency training program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is a three-year program that offers broad training in cutaneous medicine and surgery. Directed by Dr. Nicole Fett, the program provides extensive clinical and research instruction in all aspects of dermatology. The program has strong ties to Portland's active dermatologic community. Affiliate (volunteer) faculty from surrounding communities play an active teaching role in lectures and conferences.

Four residents are appointed each year following at least a PGY1 year in medicine, surgery or pediatrics. In addition to clinical duties, residents participate in weekly conferences, journal clubs and other didactic sessions. Opportunities exist for individual residents to pursue avenues of research interest.

Read about the residency program in the Department of Dermatology


Surgery and pediatric fellowships are available for those who would like to sub-specialize after completing dermatology residency.  Additionally, the department offers a postdoctoral research fellowship.

Read about fellowships in the Department of Dermatology


Third or fourth year medical students from OHSU, as well as visitors from other institutions, may spend an elective four-week rotation in dermatology or dermatopathology.  Additionally, physician assistant students and residents from other programs may visit the Department of Dermatology for elective rotations.

Read about medical student rotations in the Department of Dermatology


Residents, fellows and medical students gain clinical experience in settings covering a broad range of patient populations. Clinical teaching facilities that are included in the educational programs include the following:

OHSU Hospital

OHSU Hospital is a 500 bed hospital with support services located throughout the University, including nationally known treatment and diagnostic facilities. Each year more than 160,000 patients come to OHSU for appointments, hospital stays, day surgeries or visits to the Emergency Department.

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is a 70 bed facility adjacent to OHSU Hospital. More than 1,000 doctors and staff are dedicated to diagnosing and treating both common illnesses and complex diseases here.

Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)

The VAMC is closely affiliated with the University and connected to the OHSU Hospital by a sky bridge. It is a fully equipped medical facility with subsidiary services and diagnostic facilities.


The Department of Dermatology at OHSU has fully equipped basic science research laboratory space under the directorship of Dr. Molly Kulesz-Martin.

Read about the Dermatology Research Division