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Dermatology Residency Program

Message From The Program Director

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the SBH Dermatology Residency Program sponsored by the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). We are a fully approved, three-year program with particular emphasis on clinical dermatology, dermatopathology and dermatologic surgery.

Our program is dedicated to providing advanced and concentrated training in the field of dermatology. Providing the highest-quality educational opportunities to the residents is our major mission. This program also provides progressive learning experiences that develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of an osteopathic physician to efficiently provide quality specialized dermatologic care, both inpatient and outpatient.

SBH Health System, one of the busiest health systems in New York City, is a vibrant and integral part of the Bronx community, and the hospital continues to expand. Primarily providing medical care to an indigent population, our residents are constantly exposed to a variety of pathology.

Our residents are also proficient in:

  1. Dermatopathology (weekly didactics and practicals with a dedicated dermatopathologist)
  2. Inpatient care (daily consultations and rounds)
  3. Dermatologic surgery (general, cosmetic, and Moh’s surgery)
  4. Literature review (journal clubs, etc)
  5. Current and up-to-date knowledge (strict didactics, board review, academic conferences)

Apart from on-site hospital training, our residents are required to rotate through Pediatric Dermatology, Radiation Oncology, private offices, and attend local and national meetings/conferences.  All residents are allowed adequate elective time to pursue special interests.

In addition, our departmental affiliations with both Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine allow our residents to work side by side with other residents and attending physicians, access to more research opportunities, and participation in additional didactic sessions including grand rounds.

I invite you to navigate this web-site and hope that you find it helpful. Given your interest in the field of dermatology, I wish you a success in your endeavor!

Cindy Hoffman, DO, FAOCD


We accept two-week and one-month rotations, excluding the months of July and August of each year.  Rotations will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Rotators who are currently in or have already completed an internship will be given priority over medical students.  In order to start your rotation, you must be in compliance with all NYCOM/SBH rules and regulations concerning visiting physicians/students.

If you would like to arrange an elective rotation, please contact:
Amber Cooper
Department of Osteopathic Education

This is the only way to schedule a rotation with our program. Please do not contact the program director, any other staff, or affiliated institutions regarding this matter.

If you have any questions or concerns about the residency program that have not been addressed here, please feel free to email the Chief Resident at This account will be checked on a weekly basis. Please do not contact the residents to schedule an elective rotation or to request an application.

Weekly Didactics
• Bolognia textbook review
• Wolverton textbook review
• Journal article review
• Board review

• Weekly sessions with a board certified dermatopathologist
• Review of slides from procedures we perform
• Review of topic/textbook

Grand Rounds
• With the Mount Sinai Department of Dermatology and/or with the Albert Einstein Department of Dermatology
• Residents are required to attend weekly and present

Society Meetings
• Dermatology Society of Greater New York (monthly)
• New York University Clinical Conference (monthly in winter/spring)
• New York Academy of Medicine: Dermatology Section (quarterly)

• AOA/American Osteopathic College of Dermatology Annual Meeting

Other meetings are encouraged and optional, including:
• American Osteopathic College of Dermatology Midyear Meeting
• American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting

Courses Are Encouraged And Optional, Including:
• Chicago Board Review
• Galderma Slide Review
• Scripps Course
• Indiana Basic Science
• Mount Sinai Winter Symposium
• NYU Advances in Dermatology
• Cosmetic Boot Camp
• Chief Academy Meeting

All conditions of employment including compensation and benefits are negotiated with the Committee of Interns and Resident SEIU; which represents all interns, residents and fellows.

• Professional liability coverage for all activities that are approved components of the resident program
• Medical and dental insurance
• Disability insurance
• Prescription drug plan
• Uniforms
• Reduced parking rates
• Vacation: 20 days
• Stipend: $650
• Sick days: 1 day per month in the first year and twelve per year thereafter
• Salary: Commensurate with post-graduate year as stipulated in the CIR Collective Bargaining

The admission process at NYCOM/SBH Health System is conducted as fairly as possible. The program is currently approved for a total of 3 positions with one resident starting each year.

To be eligible for a dermatology residency, you need to complete one year of clinically based training. The AOA mandates a one-year, non-linked, traditional rotating internship program, during which you will need to make a separate application to our dermatology residency program.  This program is not linked to any internship or fellowship programs.

An invitation for interview should not be construed as an offer of acceptance.  Furthermore, due to the high volume of competitive applicants, those who rotate with our program are not necessarily guaranteed interview invitations.
However, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a rotation with the program.

We recommend that you begin compiling your application materials as early as possible.  You may find that you need 2-3 months to gather and produce all your information, due to dependence on school and hospital personnel, and letters of recommendation.  Unfortunately, there can be no exceptions to the application deadline.

Applicants Must:

  • Have graduated from an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine
  • Have completed an AOA-approved internship
  • Be and remain a member in good standing of the AOA
  • Be eligible for professional licensure in the state of New York, and obtain license prior to matriculation
  • Passing scores on COMLEX Steps I and II (and COMLEX Step II PE if required)
  • Must be eligible to take COMLEX Step III, with a passing score before matriculation

Applications are accepted via ERAS.

Application Deadline: October 1st of every year