Residency

The VCU Department of Dermatology offers a three-year residency program that leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Dermatology. Our program begins with the second post-graduate year (PGY-2), and residents must complete a broad-based clinical year in an ACGME-accredited program or similar program accredited in Canada.

PGY-2

Lauren Tisdale, M.D. [View Image]

Lauren Tisdale, M.D.

Lauren Tisdale, M.D. [View Image]

Lauren Tisdale, M.D.

Dermatology

Jessica Payne, MD [View Image]

Jessica Payne, MD

Jessica Payne, MD [View Image]

Jessica Payne, MD

Dermatology

PGY-3

Rachel Lee, MD [View Image]

Rachel Lee, MD

Rachel Lee, MD [View Image]

Rachel Lee, MD

Dermatology

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Med School: VCU
Hobbies/Interests: planning trips with my husband and daughter, playing piano, making the perfect espresso, and learning Italian!

Stephen Malachowski, MD [View Image]

Stephen Malachowski, MD

Stephen Malachowski, MD [View Image]

Stephen Malachowski, MD

Dermatology

Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ
Undergraduate: BS and MS in Finance at University of South Florida
Medical School: MD at Morsani College of Medicine at University of South Florida
Hobbies: fishing, statistical theory and application, hiking, ice hockey, and reading

PGY-4

Abraham Abdulhak, MD [View Image]

Abraham Abdulhak, MD

Abraham Abdulhak, MD [View Image]

Abraham Abdulhak, MD

Dermatology

Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Med school: Wayne State University
Hobbies: Guitar, Weightlifting, Skiing, Soccer, Singing, Traveling, Cooking, Kickboxing, Binging Netflix

Freba Farhat, MD [View Image]

Freba Farhat, MD

Freba Farhat, MD [View Image]

Freba Farhat, MD

Dermatology

Hometown: Gainesville, VA
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Hobbies: reading and traveling

Doctors and staff in a discussion [View Image]Our competitive residency accepts two applicants each year, and we work closely with residents to design a personalized training experience. Rotations and didactics occur primarily at the VCU Medical Center, its associated clinics and the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Residents also have the opportunity to rotate through the offices of community physicians who provide subspecialty training in areas like pediatric care and cosmetic procedures.

We also encourage residents to participate in research during their time at VCU.

Application Requirements

  • Completed ERAS application
  • Supplemental Residency Program application to be completed by 9/30/2021
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Dean’s letter
  • Four letters of recommendation from physicians in the U.S. or Canada
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores
    • Step 1 is required
    • Step 2 is optional but preferred
  • ECFMG certificate (for international applicants)

For the 2022 ERAS® cycle, our program will strongly encourage all applicants to complete a supplemental ERAS application, offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants also will be required to complete the MyERAS application.

The additional information will help our program staff learn more about applicants’ medical education journey, including more meaningful information about work, volunteer, and research experiences, and help us better identify applicants who fit our program environment and mission. 

This supplemental ERAS application will be delivered on a survey platform outside the MyERAS application and must be completed between September 1 and September 30.

Please bookmark the supplemental ERAS application section of the AAMC website to find the latest information, FAQs, and resources.

 

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