International Fellowship Program

The Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Dermatology International Fellowship Program, directed by Dr. Rita Pichardo-Geisinger, offers comprehensive clinical and research experiences tailored to the needs of the fellow. Working directly with internationally recognized dermatologists, fellows will gain clinical skills that will serve them and their patients well in the future.

Fellows are expected to participate productively in the clinical and research activities of the Department of Dermatology, to publish one or more clinical research articles during their fellowship, and to make at least two oral presentations.

The Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest School of Medicine is one of the most academically active dermatology programs in the United States in both cutting edge research and clinical work, and thus is one of the 20 leading dermatology programs in the country.  It is located in one of the largest tertiary care centers on the eastern seaboard.

Residents consistently rate the program int he top 10 in the U.S., in part due to the quality of teaching.


Our mission is to provide a clinical and research educational program for international (non-US) dermatology residents or dermatology graduates who want to expand their clinical and research experience in the field of dermatology.

The Training Program Includes:

  • Psoriasis clinic with the most advanced available treatments
  • Epidemiologic study of skin disease in conjunction with our Center for Dermatology Research
  • General dermatology
  • Participation in clinical studies, if applicable
  • Hair disorders clinic
  • Laser clinic and cosmetic dermatology
  • Women skin health program which includes an emphasis on vulvar dermatosis  
  • Active grand rounds program
  • Dermatopathology sessions
  • Pediatric dermatology clinic
  • Observership in dermatologic surgery including Mohs

The Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Dermatology International Fellowship offers six-month and one-year programs with rolling enrollment to suit the needs of the fellows.

While fellows will not be involved in direct patient care, they will be incorporated into the daily curriculum in both the clinical and research regimens.

Qualifying Credentials

Applicants for both programs must be non U.S. medical school graduates, training in a dermatology residency or recent dermatologists and must provide a copy of their medical school diploma, medical license, and a certification of current participation in a dermatology residency or completion of a dermatology residency. Applicants must be proficient in both verbal and written English.

A letter of recommendation is required from a supervisor, sponsor or someone who knows you well professionally.

Applicants are responsible for securing all necessary visas and documentation, medical insurance, expenses regarding traveling, housing and living in Winston-Salem before or at the commencement of the fellowship.

A J1 Visa will be offered during the time of the program, if applicable. The Wake Forest Dermatology department will not be responsible for extension of visas or expenses related to this issue after completion of the program.

Requirements for Completion

  • At least one publication
  • A minimum of two internal presentations
  • Completion of personal projects

The Department of Dermatology International Fellowship program is committed to providing ample opportunities for fellows to fulfill the basic requirements of the program.

Every candidate who successfully completes the program will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Program Costs

The six-month or one-year programs cost, respectively, $14,000, $22,000.  Applicants may seek funding from their own governments, institutions, or other personal sources.  The next available opening is July 2016.  Scholarships may become available in the future.

Quick Reference

Residency Coordinator


Fellowship Coordinator


Academic Offices

Phone 336-716-2768
Fax 336-716-7732

8 am to 5 pm, Mon - Fri
4618 Country Club Road
Winston Salem, NC 27104
Find A Doctor Ways to Give
Last Updated: 10-15-2015
USNWR 2015-2016Magnet Hospital RecognitionConsumer Choice2015 Best DoctorsJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.