Department of Dermatology

Department of Dermatology Training

Training Grant

An NIH funded T32 training grant in the Department of Dermatology is currently in it’s 20th year of support. The continued purpose for this training program is to provide state-of-the-art training of scientists in interdisciplinary strategies addressing investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology. This is accomplished by developing individualized career-building programs for qualified trainees holding an M.D., M.D. and Ph.D., or Ph.D. degree, as well as undergraduates enrolled in one of the graduate training programs; the Case Medical School Biomedical Scientist Training Program (BSTP), the Pathology Department or the School of Graduate Studies at Case. Our recruits are chosen for their commitment to careers in investigative dermatology or cutaneous biology. Our balanced recruitment emphasizes a 50% balance between M.D., M.D./Ph.D and Ph.D. trainees at any given time. Physician scientists (M.D.’s) entering the training program will have completed 2 years of clinical dermatology training; while basic scientists (Ph.D.) with up to two years of postdoctoral experience will also be eligible. Pre-doctoral candidates enrolled in the BSTP or other accredited programs will also be eligible. The predocotoral candidates will be eligible no earlier than the second year of the program. Finally short term positions allow training for medical students during the summers between either the 1st and 2nd years or 2nd and 3rd years of medical training.

Resident Research Training

Residents participate in a two month block of research training in their second year of residency. Research mentors assist the residents in designing and implementing a research project intended to result in a publishable stand-alone work or as a contributory piece of data to a larger publishable work. In addition, a formal 2+2 residency track also is supported by the Department to train residents who intend to pursue academic careers in research in cutaneous biology. Training occurs through intensive participation in specific laboratory projects in a specialized area of research tailored to build the academic career of the trainee. The training also occurs by participation in didactic courses, hands-on research, conferences, workshops and seminars.

Graduate Student Training

Pre-doctoral trainees can follow several tracks to arrive within the Department of Dermatology as a graduate candidate. Candidates may enter from within the medical scientist training program (MSTP), a training program that grants the dual M.D., Ph.D. degree through the medical school. Additionally, graduate candidates may enter from within the Biomedical Scientist Training Program (BSTP), a training program within the medical school that grants either M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Candidates may also be associated with advisors in the Biological Sciences Department, in which case they would enter through the School of Graduate Studies. Finally, some candidates may enter through the direct-admission route in the Department of Pathology. The office of Director of Graduate Education in the School of Medicine was established in part to coordinate graduate student advocacy and to help in the recruiting efforts for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows (see

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Students should consult with faculty members in the Department and select a faculty member under whose guidance the student undertakes a specific research project. This gives students the opportunity to join a research group, and work with faculty, graduate students, and research associates. Many such research projects have resulted in papers published in scientific journals and co-authored by undergraduate students. Students may consult brief descriptions of current research projects of the Dermatology Faculty or more extensive Faculty Research Profiles from the Department Web site.

The Department of Dermatology has also participated in collaboration with The Office for Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE). More information on these programs may be obtained at:

Summer Fellowships

The Department also participates in the SPUR (Summer Program in Undergraduate Research), a program designed to acquaint students with all aspects of scientific research, from formulation of a question to production of a final report. The program culminates with a one-day poster session where students can share their results with the research community at CWRU. More information may be obtained at:

Highschool Training Opportunities

The Department of Dermatology participates with The Center for Science, Health & Society in the Scientific Enrichment and Opportunity (SEO) Program. This initiative brings the considerable faculty talent and resources of the School of Medicine to generate high school student enthusiasm for science and student research. More information on this program may be found at: