International Observership Program in Dermatology

International Observership Program in Dermatology

The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine offers an International Observership Program in Dermatology for select physicians in other countries around the world. This Program is designed to enhance knowledge in general dermatology and dermatological subspecialties, increase familiarity with technological advances in dermatology, and provide exposure to dermatological care as practiced in one of the foremost training centers in the United States.  International Observers should have completed a Dermatology residency or are in their final year of training prior to enrollment in the program.

NYU is recognized internationally as a leader in dermatology. The Department is comprised of over 35 full-time dermatologists and basic and translational scientists and over 100 affiliated dermatologists from New York and nearby states. Our faculty includes many internationally recognized experts in the fields of pigmentation, immunology, keratin and molecular biology, pediatric dermatology, psoriasis, urticaria, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, contact dermatitis, connective tissue diseases, lymphoma, dermatologic and cosmetic surgery, laser, alopecia and photo medicine. The department's general and specialty clinics provide primary and consultative dermatologic care to over 100,000 ambulatory and hospitalized patients yearly.

Observership General Dermatology:

The International Observership Program in Dermatology consists of clinical observation, a formal didactic curriculum which also includes, Grand Rounds and Tuesday Night Conferences (TNC). Please note Grand Rounds and Tuesday Night Conferences are not offered during July, August and September. The International Observer will rotate through the general and specialty clinics of the Skin and Cancer Unit at the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at the NYU Ambulatory Care Center. There are multiple clinic sessions each weekday at this site, in addition to didactic sessions each morning and noon. You will also have opportunities to rotate at some of the physician's private practices offices. We will do our best to customize your schedule based on your clinical interest(s).

NYU Langone Health, Ambulatory Care Center 38th Street

Hair Observership:

Dr. Jerry Shapiro is a national and internationally renowned hair expert. He has authored hundreds of research articles and numerous textbook chapters. Dr. Shapiro has mentored over 30 dermatologists, several of which have gone on to establish successful hair careers. During this 1 month observership you will rotate with Dr. Shapiro in his private practice.

General information

  • This program is not a fellowship and does not offer immersed exposure to the areas of specialty mentioned previously. Those applicants seeking such exposure should apply for a dedicated fellowship in the particular specialty of interest.
  • The program is one month in duration and begins the 1st day of the month between September through June. Observers will not provide direct patient care.
  • International Observers are required to demonstrate their proficiency of the English
    language, both verbal and written.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, International Observers will receive a
    certificate from the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York
    University School of Medicine.
  • This Program does not satisfy the eligibility requirements for certification by the
    American Board of Dermatology, which requires three years of training.

International Observer from Haiti, Dr. Sacha Henry with department Chairman, Dr. Seth Orlow and Dr. Kristen Lo Sicco, Director, International Observership Program.

Dr. Henry quote, "helpful and knowledgeable staff with wonderful teaching from faculty members."

Applicant Checklist - To Apply

  • Application should be received no later than three months before the requested start date.
  • Copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV or resume) including, current address.
  • Personal statement to include current position, career goals and how observership will help you achieve these goals (approximately 500-600 words).
  • Name and address of at least three physicians who will be writing letters of recommendation on your behalf.
  • Documentation of medical degree in Dermatology training.
  • Copy of medical school diploma.
  • Copy of residency school diploma.
  • Proof of English proficiency exam.
  • Copy of government issued picture ID (visa and/or passport).
  • Proof of immunization.

After Approval - Checklist

  • Must currently reside outside the US.
  • Must obtain a B1-Visa to enter the US and must return to your home country upon completion in the observership program.
  • Obtain a I-94 which must be stamped B1 when you enter the US. Failure to have it stamped B1 will result in you not participating in the program.
  • Tuition is US $3000 for General Dermatology observership and is the responsibility of the applicant. Tuition upon request for Dr. Shapiro hair observership.
  • A 50% tuition deposit is required upon departmental approval of the application.
  • The second and final tuition installment is required 30 days before arrival.
  • All cancellation notices must be received in writing 30 days prior to start date for a
    full refund.
  • Housing is the responsibility of the applicant. Temporary housing is sometimes available around the medical center but is not guaranteed.
  • Will be required to meet with NYU Immigration department to review visa and I-94 documentation clearance
  • Business causal attire is required for the clinical observership and scrub for procedural observation.