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 are two (2) positions available on a competitive basis for the Dermatology Residency for the 2021-2022 interview cycle.

Important Dates for Position Starting July 2021

  • Applicants may begin submitting applications to residency programs: September 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: September 29, 2021
  • Dean's Letter Deadline: September 29, 2021

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 report. USMLE Step 2 and 3 report if available. (Given delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trainees must pass Steps 2 and 3 of the USMLE prior to beginning Dermatology Residency but not in order to apply or match.)

For the 2021-2022 application cycle, Dermatology will be participating in a program with AAMC to use a new supplemental application tool to facilitate holistic review and optimize fit between programs and applicants. This tool is currently being finalized and 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 APD will release the list of participating programs in August.

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

CMSRU Dermatology is planning to participate in both the supplemental application and the coordinated interview release with additional details to come.

All interviews for the 2021-2022 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 29, 2021.

Away-Student Elective Contact Information

Applications for away electives for the 2021-2022 academic year can be submitted via VSAS. Please refer to the APD Residency Program Directors’ statement on away electives.