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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 with the goal of tailoring 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 when they return to their home countries.

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 one oral presentation.

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 in the top 10 in the U.S., in part due to the quality of teaching.


Our mission is to provide a general medical dermatology and dermatology 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 medical dermatology
  • Participation in clinical studies, if applicable
  • Women skin health program which includes an emphasis on vulvar dermatosis  
  • Active grand rounds program
  • Dermatopathology sessions
  • Pediatric dermatology clinic

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 one internal presentation
  • 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.

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Winston Salem, NC 27104
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