Department of Dermatology

Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Emory Department of Dermatology is committed to supporting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the department and in residency selection. Emory Dermatology is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. We will conduct a holistic review of all applications submitted with the aim of selecting a diverse complement of the most qualified candidates. We do not screen or exclude applications based on USMLE score, GPA, or any other criteria.

Internship Requirements

Applicants to our Dermatology Program must complete a first postgraduate year in a broad-based clinical program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the United States or a similar program in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The clinical programs that are acceptable for the first postgraduate year are a transitional year or a first-year residency in internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or emergency medicine.


Jamie MacKelfresh, MD Program Director

Vice-Chair of Education
Associate Professor
Departments of Dermatology and Pathology/Laboratory Medicine

Loren Krueger, MD Associate Program Director

Catherine β€œCat” Thayer Program Coordinator

Cat Thayer

Residency Application FAQs

When is the application due date?

Applications must be received by October 1, 2022

How many positions will be available for the start date of July 1, 2023?

We will be filing 6 dermatology PGY-2 positions for July 1, 2023.

Will you have any PGY-2 positions available for July 1, 2022?


Does Emory have preliminary medicine or transitional year positions and is a separate application required?

Applicants to Emory Dermatology can also apply to the Emory Transitional Year Program.  Applicants must apply separately to the transitional year program through ERAS.  A separate interview is NOT required.  If you are selected to interview with the Department of Dermatology, this will be considered your interview for the transitional year.  The Emory preliminary medicine positions are reserved for other specialties. Applicants to dermatology wishing to do their internship year at Emory should consider the Transitional Year Program instead.

Is there a USMLE score cut-off?

USMLE scores are considered as part of the application but all applications will be reviewed.

What visas do you accept?

For information regarding visas and foreign medical graduates, please visit Emory GME’s website.

Do you accept foreign medical graduates?

We will consider foreign medical graduates, both those who have had clinical experience in the US and those who have not. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Foreign medical graduates must be ECFMG certified to be considered. 

Do you restrict applicants that have already completed a residency?

No. We will consider all applications.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Our program requires that you have a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation in addition to the dean’s letter.

What format for letters of recommendation are accepted/preferred?

We will accept both standardized and narrative-style letters.

Who should I get letters of recommendation from?

All letters of recommendation are reviewed.  Letters from academic dermatologists or research mentors are preferred.

How much research experience is required to apply?

We do not require any research experience.  Research experience is considered as part of the overall application. 

Are USMLE Step 2 CK and/or CS required prior to an invitation to interview or prior to the match list submission date?

USMLE Step 1 is required upon application. USMLE Step 2 CK and or CS scores are not required to interview.

Is there a supplemental application or essay?

No, there are no supplemental applications or essays.