haggstrom-web.jpgResidency Program
Department of Dermatology, IU School of Medicine

Anita Haggstrom, MD
Associate Professor, Dermatology and Pediatrics, Dermatology Residency Program Director 

The faculty and staff of the Department of Dermatology are committed to providing superior educational training for its residents in Dermatology. The residency program is a three-year program of dermatology with two categorical positions  (including a one year internship at Indiana University) and one position without internship.  The residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and participates in the NRMP.

The Department of Dermatology treats patients at University Hospital James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Wishard Memorial Hospital, and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Hospital. Patients are also seen in our satellite office in Carmel, Indiana.  In addition, outpatients from the tri-states Indiana, Illinois and Ohio are referred by primary care physicians or other professionals.

Goals of Residency Training:

  1. To develop self-directed, self-motivated, lifelong learners
  2. To foster development of problem solving skills
  3. To foster development of critical thinking skills
  4. To develop knowledgeable residents, with a thorough depth and breadth of knowledge in Dermatology and evidence-based medicine
  5. To develop self-confidence and awareness of clinical limitations
  6. To prepare for the rapidly evolving aspects of managed care
  7. To motivate leaders in advancing clinical practice
  8. To encourage community service.

Our Department is dedicated to training excellent dermatologists. We welcome applicants that share our committment to high-quality patient care and life long learning.

The residency program in the Department of Dermatology at the IU School of Medicine combines strong clinical training and didactic teaching.  The clinical opportunities range from general dermatology to subspecialty clinics including multidisciplinary melanoma, vascular lesion, lymphoma, and atopic dermatitis clinics. Other special clinical sessions in the department are devoted to hair, vascular birthmarks, and cosmetics.

Each resident has continuity clinics at the Veteran’s Hospital as well as our county hospital, Eskenazi. Patients are recruited from general dermatology clinics and will be followed by the resident throughout their three years of clinical training. This is a valuable opportunity for residents to participate in the longitudinal care of patients.

Didactic sessions occur each morning (Monday – Thursday) and Wednesday mornings from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 noon.  These sessions include book club, basic science, therapeutics, dermatopathology, surgery, cosmetic, and pediatric dermatology focused lectures. 

All residents are required to take the In-Training Dermatology Examination each spring. This examination is sponsored by the American Board of Dermatology and administered within the Department of Dermatology. It is intended to test the fund of knowledge and to help the resident and Program Director evaluate the resident's progress within the residency program.

At the end of each rotation, attending faculty complete electronic evaluations of the residents. All PGY-2 residents have a formal evaluation with the Program Director every three months. All PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents meet with the program director every six months. An annual evaluation is prepared for submission to the American Board of Dermatology. Residents also have the opportunity to electronically evaluate rotations and attending faculty.

The chief residents meet with the Program Director monthly to discuss curriculum, scheduling, and to address residency related issues.

Information about Stipend and Benefits can be found at the website or the Office of Graduate Medical Education:

Our program will be participating  in the ERAS program (Electronic Residency Application Service) as administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges. This service uses the Internet to transmit residency applications, letters of recommendation, Dean's Letters, transcripts, and other supporting credentials.

You may apply to our program using any computer with access to the World Wide Web.  Please contact your student affairs office for assistance. They will provide you with manuals and instructions for accessing the Applicant Webstation. You may also access the ERAS Web site at to view frequently asked questions.

We will have a total of four postions. Two PGY-1 positions (categorical) and two PGY-2 position (advanced) to fill for the 2017 Match.

Our interview dates will be announced soon for the 2017 Match.

Two of our categorical positions are 4-year program with the PGY-1 year being completed in conjunction with the Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine. Because the preliminary year is linked to the 3 years of dermatology residency, there is not a separate application for the preliminary year if you apply for these positions. These positions begin July 1, 2017

Two of our advanced position are not linked to a preliminary PGY-1 year at IU. If you are applying for these positions, you must secure your own transitional or PGY-1 year. The PGY-2 position will begin on July 1, 2018.

You may be considered for both the categorical and advanced positions by ranking them both.

While we do not have an official deadline, we do like to conduct interviews in December and January. It would be best to have all of your information, including the Dean's letter, transmitted to us by no later than October 6th.

Our Interview Dates for the 2017 match are:

Wednesday December 14, 2016

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Wednesday January 25, 2017

In order to consider your application for review, we require the following documents:

  1. ERAS application along with the personal statement,
  2. Three letters of recommendation,
  3. Dean's Letter,
  4. Medical School transcript and
  5. USMLE scores
  6. IMG's please also submit ECFMG certification

If you have any questions, please contact:

Anita Haggstrom, MD
c/o Kelli Cassidy
Department of Dermatology
545 Barnhill Drive
EH 139
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Telephone # 317-278-6833
Fax # 317-274-3700
Email: Application Process

Residents are expected to attend all Department of Dermatology conferences. Conferences include but are not limited to:

A. Weekly Teaching Schedule for Residents

  1. Monday – Book Club
  2. Tuesday – Basic Science, Therapeutics, Clinical Dermatology
  3. Wednesday - Grand Rounds (clinical conference), Kodachrome review, journal review
  4. Thursday - Dermatopathology conference

B. Dermatopathology

  1. Weekly conference (Tuesday), Theme based
  2. Twice monthly biopsy review of all Regenstrief Dermatology Clinic patients
  3. Dermatopathology journal review periodically

C. Basic Science

  1. Eighteen month rotations with six "courses" of 6-10 conferences
  2. Monthly Basic Science journal review

D. Grand Rounds

  1. Interesting and/or challenging patients are presented by the residents and faculty.
  2. Resident participation is required to work on morphology, differential diagnoses, and treatment plans.
  3. Guest speakers from Indiana University or visiting professors from other institutions will lecture to the faculty and residents. Grand Rounds Schedule 2011-2012 

E. Kodachrome Case Review

  1. Faculty will conduct kodachrome slide reviews at least twice monthly.

F. Resident textbook review

  1. Residents organize a textbook review of a major dermatology text each year.

G. Journal Review

  1. Archives of Dermatology
  2. Basic science journals
  3. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
  4. Subspecialty dermatology journal review including Dermatology Surgery, Pediatric Dermatology, and others.

H. Resident Teaching Opportunities

  1. Residents will be responsible for teaching sessions with the medical students and rotating residents from other specialities.

Jordan Heskett, MD
3rd Year Resident

Elizabeth Rancour, MD
3rd Year Resident

Kaitlin Schiavo, MD
2nd Year Resident

Kathleen Gilbert, MD
1st Year Resident

Prasanthi Kandula, MD
3rd Year Resident

Kiera Booth, MD
2nd Year Resident

Matthew Reedy, MD
2nd Year Resident

Daniel Grove, MD
1st Year Resident

Nikolajs Perdue MD
3rd Year Resident

Kate Hrynewycz, MD
2nd Year Resident

Candace Broussard, MD
1st Year Resident

Michael Isaacs, MD
1st Year Resident

The Department of Dermatology encourages and supports research by its resident staff. Research electives may be taken during the resident's second (PG3) or third (PG4) year. Approval by the Chair is required.


Dermatologic Surgery/Oncology

Dermatologic Basic Research

Epidemiologic Research

The IU Department of Dermatology staff physicians
carry out residency training at four hospitals.


Indiana University Hospital

Patients are seen in the outpatient building in a suite dedicated for dermatology use. One to two residents and/or medical student assist in the general dermatology clinic.

The dermatologic surgery clinics including MOHS excisions and consultation clinics also take place in this suite. One resident per month is dedicated to this service.

Inpatient consults at Indiana University Hospital are covered by the resident assigned to the consult service.

A weekly pediatric vascular clinic/laser clinic is held a the IU clinic and staffed by the pediatric dermatologist and one resident.


James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children

There are three pediatric dermatology clinics per week involving one or two pediatric residents and one dermatology resident for each session.

In-patient consultations are seen with the faculty on a daily basis.


Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center

the Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center has a large Dermatology Clinic and operates four days per week. Clinics are supervised by Indiana University Dermatology faculty member or by a local private practice dermatologist. Services available include full medical dermatology diagnosis and treatment; in-clinic immediate fungal, viral and scabies preparations; ultraviolet light therapy; skin biopsies; and minor benign and skin cancer surgical procedures. Within the weekly clinic schedule, one half day session is dedicated to performing needed surgical procedures. On average, this clinic services between 8,000-9,000 patient-visits per year.

In-patient consultations are either seen in the clinic or on the inpatient wards on a daily basis.


Richard Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center

The dermatology clinic is administered under the Ambulatory Care Department. There are four regular clinic sessions per week. At each clinic session, there are two dermatology residents and two-three additional housestaff or students. One minor surgery clinic is held weekly attended by one dermatology resident and a faculty physician. There is a large volume of skin cancers at the VA Medical Center, providing significant dermatologic surgery experience for our residents. This location treats approximately 12,000 visits per year.

In response to the rising incidence of cutaneous lymphomas and a need for expert care of these rare entities, the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center established the Cutaneous Lymphoma Program in 2009, an interdisciplinary clinic for patients with a diagnosis of primary cutaneous lymphoproliferative disorders. Patients with cutaneous lymphoma at any stage may receive comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in one visit from medical oncology, radiation oncology and oncologic dermatology. Each patient is entered into the oncology data base to develop a basis for future trials and management of cutaneous lymphoma. Similar in vision to our Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic, this approach is unique in Indiana. We strive to enhance our interaction with other sub-specialties and support translational research between the basic and clinical sciences at Indiana University and eventually beyond our institution.

The multidisciplinary clinic runs on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

There have been more than 150 patients treated and regularly followed at the Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic and 7-10 patients visit the clinic weekly. The Cutaneous Lymphoma Program is also part of several ongoing clinical trials at the Indiana University Cancer Research Center.

The Cutaneous Lymphoma Program team also includes a clinical oncology nurse-coordinator, oncology research nurse and several part-time assistants.

Physicians in training will be encouraged to participate in our clinic and will be informed of our progress.

Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology is an integral part of the specialty of Dermatology. Residents are expected to demonstrate progressive improvement in dermatologic surgery skills during the three-year residency program. Through a comprehensive program that includes working under the guidance of surgeons from different disciplines, residents learn the basic surgical skills which are the foundation for intermediate closures, complex closures, local flaps, and full-thickness skin grafts.

The Dermatologic Surgery Clinic is held at University Hospital and Regenstrief. During this time period, residents perform surgical procedures on their own patients under faculty supervision. Each resident will spend time with the faculty dermatologic surgeon on monthly rotations. During this rotation, the resident will learn basic, intermediate and advanced surgical skills.

The Division of Dermatopathology is located within the IUSM Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is physically located in University Hospital in a suite with faculty, fellow and staff offices, resident space, and a sign-out room with a 10-head Olympus microscope. In 2010 there were over 11,000 accessions (cases) in dermatopathology which were generated by physicians at University and Riley Hospitals, Wishard Hospital and Regenstrief Clinics.

The Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Dermatology jointly sponsor a one-year Dermatopathology Fellowship which intends to prepare individuals for careers in academic medicine.

There are five faculty members in the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine with special certification in dermatopathology. Most of these faculty members are actively engaged in teaching dermatopathology to students, residents and fellows.

Residents in dermatology and pathology rotate for one to three months in dermatopathology, depending on the requirements of the residency program and individual interest. Although there is no requirement for scholarly activity during the rotation, many of the residents complete case reports or short projects leading to presentation at a local or national meeting, and/or to a publication. Residents on the dermatopathology rotation participate in daily sign-out and the twice weekly QC/interesting case conference; attend weekly dermatology grand rounds, and the monthly dermatopathology journal club. There are over 2,000 teaching cases available for independent study, as well as ample reading material in the form of books and journals. Residents are also encouraged to attend the Indiana Dermatologic Meetings (three times/year), and the Midwest Dermatopathology Meeting.

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center established the Melanoma Program in 1994, an interdisciplinary clinic for patients with a diagnosis of malignant melanoma. As patients with melanoma at any stage receive comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in one visit from medical oncology, surgical oncology and oncologic dermatology. Each patient is entered into the oncology data base to develop a basis for future trials and management of malignant melanoma.

This multidisciplinary clinic runs on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and the surgical oncology aspect usually extends to 4:30 p.m.

There have been more than 500 patients treated and regularly followed at the Melanoma Clinic and 40-50 patients visit the clinic weekly. The Melanoma Program is also part of several
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simor Cancer Center Research projects including ECOG and a host of clinical trials.

The Melanoma Program team also includes a full-time oncology nurse-coordinator and several part-time assistants. Specialty presentations highlight pertinent topics regarding malignant melanoma.

Physicians in training will be encouraged to participate in our clinic and will be informed of our progress.

The Residents will rotate through Pediatric Dermatology 1-2 times per year.  During their rotation they will attend four to five half-day sessions per week where they will see patients with common pediatric dermatoses as well as patients with more rare conditions that are referred from dermatologists and other subspecialists throughout the state.

 One clinic a week during the Pediatric Dermatology rotation is devoted to patients with vascular lesions or vascular syndromes. On a bimonthly basis, residents will also have the opportunity to participate in the Multidisciplinary Vascular Lesion Clinic at Riley Hospital that is composed of physicians from dermatology, plastic surgery, interventional radiology, otolaryngology, and hematology/oncology. This clinic exposes residents to the model of multidisciplinary care in the management of complex vascular lesions.

Laser and excisional surgery for pediatric patients is offered in the outpatient clinic as well as the operating room under general anesthesia.  The residents will obtain hands-on experience in both these settings.

 In addition, pediatric patients are seen in many of the general dermatology clinics in the Indiana University and Wishard Hospital clinics. Pediatric inpatient consults are integrated into the consult rotation and include seeing pediatric patients at Riley, Wishard, and IU hospitals.

The residents receive ample training in pediatric dermatology because of the variety of clinical opportunities, diversity of our patient population, and close ties to the Department of Pediatrics.

Dear Residency Program Directors, Residents and Residency Coordinators,

We are hosting the 21th Annual Introduction to Cutaneous Biology basic science course at the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station on Friday, November 18 (8-5) and Saturday, November 19, 2015 (8-12).  The course will again cover a broad spectrum of disciplines including cutaneous structure and function, pharmacology, photobiology, molecular biology, immunodermatology, and surgery. 

We will be charging a registration fee of $200 for this year’s course. All attendees must register on-line.  Registration is now available by clicking the link below: 

We will accept on-line registration for attendees paying with credit card and check.  If you will be paying by check please go online to register and then click pay later. This will add you to our registration list and will prompt the confirmation sheet to be mailed in with your check. 

Mail Checks to:
            Indiana University
            IU Conferences
            PO Box 6212
            Indianapolis, IN 46206-62120

 Location of Conference:
Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station
            123 West Louisiana Street
            Indianapolis, IN  46225

For hotel reservations at the Crowne Plaza contact the hotel directly, or book online at:

IU Department of Dermatology

The Hotel’s course rates are:  single room and double room of $127.00 + 17% tax. 
* Please note this rate is only available until 11/3/16.

After checking availability be sure to enter the code DER into the group code section to receive the special rate.  If you call to reserve be sure to mention that you are with the IU Cutaneous Biology Course to obtain the course discount rate.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

This registration link is also located on the home page of our website under the save the date section.   




Kelli Cassidy

Residency Program Coordinator

Indiana University School of Medicine

Department of Dermatology

Phone (317) 278-6833

Fax (317) 274-3700          

American Academy of Dermatology - A dermatology guide to Internet resources developed at Indiana University, this is a joint project of the health sciences libraries of the Big Ten Universities.

Academic Dermatology Departments
- Worldwide from the University of Iowa.

Doctor's Guide to Medical Conferences & Meetings - Dermatologic disorders - produced by P\S\L Consulting Group, this is part of the Doctor's Guide to the Internet. The database is searchable by using keywords, disease area, date or location.

Archives of Dermatology - (tables of contents, abstracts of major manuscripts, and search functions) - The service is free but the first-time user must register to have access.

Dermatology IS Server
from the University of Erlangen, Germany - Has online images, case reports and courses in dermatology.

Internet Dermatology Society (IDS) - Has grand rounds, lectures and membership information.

CLIA Proficiency Test for Dermatopathology - Please contact Lolita Goens for the password to this test at (317) 274-7705 or

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