Dermatology Residency Update

Information for students applying to dermatology residency

Please check back here regularly for updates to the application process as well as guidelines and answers to common questions. A statement with additional information has also been released by the Association of Professors of Dermatology Residency Program Directors Section.

Supplemental ERAS application

Our residency program participates in the new AAMC Supplemental ERAS Application, which will include token preference signaling. Per AAMC and NRMP guidance, completion of this supplemental application is optional for all applicants. 

We highly encourage applicants to our standard track to complete the supplemental ERAS application as we will be using the data to further our goals of holistic review. This information will be combined with the data in the MyERAS application to better understand applicants’ path to medicine, prior experiences and activities, and what is meaningful to each applicant. Please be honest in your responses, as this will help us and you gauge whether our program can fully appreciate your contributions and prior experiences, and support your goals and unique learning style.

Preference signaling

Preference signaling is an option for an applicant to signal interest in our program if they complete the supplemental ERAS application. Please do not signal our program if you are an SIU medical student or if you have completed an in-person away rotation with us as a signal will provide no additional benefit. We are using signals in our initial application review but will not use them for ranking. Importantly, not sending a signal is not punitive; we will not know whether an applicant decided not to submit signals or not to submit a signal to our program specifically. We do not filter applications based on metrics or attributes, and strive to perform holistic review on all applications. However, given the sheer volume of applications, if you have a specific interest in our program, a signal will ensure your application receives an in-depth review by program leadership, and could differentiate your application from others with similar listed goals, experiences, and/or metrics.

Pre- and post-interview communication

Because we are participating in the new supplemental application and preference signaling, we will not consider other informal mechanisms of showing interest including emails from you or an advocate, letters of intent, or thank you notes. Please do not send this type of communication either pre- or post-interview. If you have specific questions about the program, these can be directed to either Pam Larson, our program coordinator, or Dr. Berry. We will communicate with you via email regarding interview information and status of your application. For the standard track, we will not provide additional information about your position on our rank list or likelihood of matching with us.


All interviews will be virtual. We understand that applicants have strong and varying opinions about in-person and virtual interviews. While we want to give applicants the opportunity to get to know our program, residents, faculty, and city in person, we are cognizant of the financial costs of in-person interviews, the impact of travel on our environment, and the potential to lead to inequity and lack of sustainability in the process, and have decided to proceed with virtual interviews this year.

Reach out to Pam Larson with any questions.