How to Apply

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The Dermatology Residency at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Cooper University Hospital Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and all information is processed through this system without exception. Information regarding the ERAS application process and timeline is available on the website below.


There is one (1) position available on a competitive basis for the Dermatology Residency for the 2022-2023 interview cycle.

Important Dates for Position Starting July 2022

  • Applicants may begin submitting applications to residency programs: September 7, 2022
  • Application Deadline: September 28, 2022
  • Dean's Letter Deadline: September 28, 2022

Association of American Medical Colleges

ERAS applications must contain the following information in order for your application to be considered:

  • Common application form via ERAS including curriculum vitae and medical school transcript.
  • Three original letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a dermatologist with whom you have worked.
  • Personal statement describing your training goals and future career plans.
  • ECFMG certification (IMG only).
  • Passing USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 report. USMLE Step 3 report if available. (Trainees must pass Step 3 of the USMLE prior to beginning Dermatology Residency but not in order to apply or match.)

For the 2022-2023 application cycle, Dermatology will again be participating in the ERAS supplemental application tool to facilitate holistic application review and optimize fit between programs and applicants. This tool will allow applicants to provide more detailed information about their work, research, and service experiences as well as geographic experiences and preferences. Additionally, the tool will include preference signaling, so that applicants can denote their top preferred programs. The tool will be brief, free for applicants, and will only need to be completed once. This will be in addition to the MyERAS application that you complete. AAMC and the Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD) will release the list of participating programs in mid- to late August 2022.

In addition to the Supplemental ERAS tool, Dermatology will also participate in the coordinated interview invite release. Details about the dates and participating programs are being finalized and will be released later this summer.

All interviews for the 2022-2023 application cycle will be conducted virtually.

Program Eligibility

Eligibility for the Dermatology Residency Program requires successfully completing one year of ACGME-accredited training in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, or family practice; or a transitional internship. Individuals accepted for a position in the dermatology program must be U.S. citizen, classified as a resident alien, or hold a J-1 visa.

The application deadline for the academic year is September 28, 2022.

Away-Student Elective Contact Information

Applications for away electives for the 2022-2023 academic year can be submitted via VSAS. 

Pre- and post-interview communication guidelines

Please refer to the APD Residency Program Director 2022 statement on communication:

Applicants are asked to refrain from contacting programs to express interest or provide application updates prior to interviews, except in truly exceptional circumstances. Questions about the program that are not easily answered by available materials (website, social media, etc) can be directed to the program.

Post-interview, applicants do not need to send thank you notes to programs at which they have interviewed. While some applicants choose to send a “letter of intent” to their program of choice, this is unnecessary. Applicants should not feel pressure to send such a message, and should not be viewed as “uninterested” if they do not send a message. Some programs explicitly state they do not accept “letters of intent” and are encouraged to note that during the interview process.

Programs are encouraged to either avoid direct communication with applicants post-interview, or at a minimum, ensure that such communication is informational in nature, avoiding efforts to persuade or pressure candidates, in line with NRMP guidelines. Applicants should not equate lack of communication from programs with lack of interest.

2022 Virtual Meet and Greet

Follow our Instagram @CooperDermResidency for information on a virtual Meet and Greet in August 2022.