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  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • 185 Berry Street, Suite 100
  • Campus Box 0506
  • San Francisco, CA 94107

The Dermatopathology Fellowship program is planned as preparation for a career in dermatopathology, either in an academic setting or in practice, with an academic orientation. Training in diagnostic dermatopathology is founded on our volume of over 100,000 accessions per year, of which 30,000 are consultations on previously prepared slides from all over the country and internationally, and thus contain a high proportion of challenging material.

Fellows see and construct reports on a proportion of cases prior to their being signed out by an attending. Ancillary diagnostic training occurs in immunoperoxidase techniques, immunofluorescence and molecular diagnostics. Research opportunities include clinicopathologic studies, immunoperoxidase, ultra structural and molecular investigation of various aspects of skin disease, in collaboration with laboratories in the departments of Pathology and Dermatology, and the UCSF Cancer Center.

Special interests include molecular cytogenetics of melanoma, cutaneous lymphomas, vascular neoplasms, and inflammatory skin disease. Our fellowship is structured as a two year experience, and from 2016 forward, the ACGME-accredited year will occur in the second year. Our philosophy is that a second year of training is desirable for almost all applicants, with the goal of developing advanced skills in diagnostic dermatopathology and developing an academic curriculum vita.


To qualify candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in dermatology, anatomic pathology (AP-3), or anatomic and clinical pathology (APCP-4), or an equivalent program located in Canada and accredited by the RCPSC.
Non-U.S. citizens must possess a Permanent Resident Card or an appropriate educational visa prior to starting a postgraduate medical education program. The Department of Pathology may sponsor J1 visas.

Candidates must have an unrestricted California medical license before they begin their clinical duties.

ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Dermatopathology

Medical Board of California


  • 1st year Fellows will be appointed as a PGY-5.
  • 2nd year Fellows will be appointed as a PGY-6.

UCSF GME Trainee Financial Resources


Please use the link below to apply for the Dermatopathology Fellowship. It is best to open this link in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Dermatopathology Fellowship Online Application


2021-23: The application deadline is September 30th, 2019.

The program does not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans.

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