Medical College of Wisconsin Dermatology Residency Program

Dermatology residency program virtual meet & greet

Learn more about our program, our faculty, residents, and life in Milwaukee!

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Message from the Program Director

Karolyn Wanat, MDThe MCW dermatology residency program encompasses both medical and surgical approaches to skin disorders in infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. The training program utilizes the resources of three affiliated hospitals: Froedtert Hospital, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, and Children’s Wisconsin and associated clinics (Bluemound Clinic, Tosa Clinic, FORME Clinic). Our faculty are dedicated to our residents’ success and professional fulfillment, and we firmly believe in helping each resident achieve his or her fullest potential.

We value hardworking, scholarly, and enthusiastic residents who work well in a team environment. Faculty members are committed to providing our residents with a strong clinical training. Many of our graduates remain committed to teaching, either as full-time faculty members at an academic institution or volunteer faculty members teaching residents and medical students. We have breadth and depth in all subspecialty areas, as well as specialty clinics that all contribute to highly educational experiences.

Thank you for your interest in the MCW Dermatology Residency Program. We invite you to follow us on Instagram to learn more about our program! Please find the link below in the contact section.

Karolyn Wanat, MD
Residency Program Director
Professor of Dermatology and Pathology

Additional Residency Information

Meet Our Residents

How to Apply

Current Offerings
This year we will be accepting applications through ERAS for the following.

Five (5) advanced positions to begin July 1, 2025.

Application Requirements
The Department of Dermatology participates in Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applications must be received through this program.

The ERAS application deadline to apply is the date that ERAS opens to programs.

Please refer to the ERAS website for further information.

ERAS Requirements

  • Personal Statement
  • USMLE Step 1 pass/fail and, if available, Step 2 scores
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable.
  • Dean’s letter
  • Transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation (narrative and standardized both accepted)
  • Wallet-sized photograph

General Admission Requirements
Our dermatology residencies are open to U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. immigrants, and international applicants as follows:

  • Medical residencies are open to qualified graduates of accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
  • Graduates from medical schools outside of the U.S. or Canada must be certified by ECFMG to qualify for application.
  • We only accept J1 visas and do not support H-1B visa sponsorship at this time.
  • Individuals accepted to our residency are expected to complete a full three-year residency, although contracts are renewed annually.
  • Although all applications are reviewed, we will take into consideration if there has been a previous residency completed. There is no credit towards the dermatology residency requirement given for prior residency training.

The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Dermatology invites your application. We value enthusiasm, teamwork, and look for evidence of scholarship, diligence, and integrity in your application. We appreciate applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds. Each application is screened by at least two members of our faculty. Interviews are by invitation only.

Scheduled Interview Dates – All Virtual

  • Monday, December 4, 2023
  • Thursday, January 4, 2024
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2024

If you apply to our program, you will be notified of your interview status via ERAS communication. We will send out via the coordinated release on November 6, 2023.

Before you begin your dermatology residency, you will need to take one year of clinically-based training at an ACGME-approved academic institution in the United States. This year may include clinical training in an Internal Medicine or Pediatric training program or a transitional year.

Information from our affiliates regarding a PGY-1 year

Benefits of Employment
View the terms, conditions, and benefits of employment

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the Dermatology Residency Program, please contact:

Karolyn A. Wanat, MD
Residency Program Director
Department of Dermatology
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Updates to 2023-2024 Application Cycle

Changes to ERAS Application

The changes previously included in the AAMC Supplemental ERAS Application have now been fully integrated into the MyERAS application. No additional supplemental applications are required.

Program signaling and review process

Our program has opted to participate in program signaling. This is an option for an applicant to signal interest in our program through the MyERAS application. Because of the increased number of signals this year (3 gold, 25 silver), home and away rotation programs need to be included in applicant’s signals (which is different than last year). If our program is one of your top 28 programs, please signal us (even if you completed an away rotation or are an MCW student). Similar to last year, we will incorporate the use signals in making determinations about our interview invite list, but we will not use them for ranking.

Although we have historically performed holistic review on all applications, this may not continue to be a feasible approach given the sheer volume of applications we receive. During the upcoming cycle, all applicants who signal our program will receive an in-depth holistic review of their application. Whether we are able to review the remaining non-signal applications will depend on the number of applications and signals received. Our review process focuses on an applicant’s goals, engagement in activities, and attributes gleaned from the various aspects of the application.

Pre- and post-interview communication

We follow the guidelines laid out by the Association of Professors of Dermatology and will not consider other informal mechanisms of showing interest including emails from you or an advocate, letters of intent, or thank you notes. Please do not send this type of communication either pre- or post-interview.

If you have specific questions about the program, these can be directed to Dr. Wanat or the program coordinator, Jen Pluer. For general inquiries about the program, please refer to this website. We will communicate with you via email regarding interview information and status of your application.


All interviews will be virtual to help provide applicants an opportunity to get to know the program, residents, and faculty while not incurring costs of in-person interviews and stress associated with travel.

For those interviewees interested in visiting MCW Dermatology, we will provide opportunities after the interviews for anyone interested in an in-person visit. These visits will in no way impact the ranking of the interviewees.

General information for students applying to Dermatology

A statement with additional information has been released by the Association of Professors of Dermatology Residency Program Directors Section.

Living and Working in Milwaukee
Training Program

Training Sites
Our training program utilizes the resources of three affiliated hospitals:

Froedtert Hospital
Froedtert Hospital is the only academic medical center in eastern Wisconsin and has consistently garnered awards and national rankings. With 500 beds and active inpatient service, residents have exposure to a broad range of consultative dermatology. In addition, Froedtert operates a network of outpatient clinics both at the main campus and in the surrounding community though dermatology residents will receive most of their training at the Froedtert main site at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center.

Zablocki VA Medical Center
Located less than 5 miles from the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, the Zablocki VA provides a rich training experience for residents. The Zablock VA has 168 acute care beds, 113 nursing home beds, and provides over 500,000 visits annually through an extensive outpatient program. Veterans travel from as far away as northern Michigan to seek dermatology services at this center. Residents will provide dermatologic care to veterans in an outpatient dermatology clinic and through inpatient consultative services. There will be abundant exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, including surgical clinics.

Children’s Wisconsin
MCW has a strong tradition of excellent pediatric dermatology training, and we are fortunate to be affiliated with the Children’s Wisconsin. A free-standing pediatric hospital, Children's provides specialty care to children throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. Residents will gain substantial experience in the broad spectrum of pediatric dermatology, from routine diagnoses to rare quaternary consultations. Thriving outpatient clinics and inpatient consult services ensure that residents gain familiarity with treating a wide range of pediatric disorders. Dermatology residents will receive most of their training at the Children's main site at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center

Residents will rotate through all three sites during their time in the MCW program. In addition to general adult and pediatric dermatology clinics, residents will have the opportunity to work in specialty clinics with expert faculty such as the Melanoma Clinic, Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic, Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center, and the Neurofibromatosis and RASopathies Clinic. Additionally, dedicated time will be allocated for clinical training in cutaneous surgery (Mohs and non-Mohs, adults and children), cosmetic dermatology, and dermatopathology.

Continuity Clinic
Residents have the opportunity to provide ongoing care and develop long-term relationships with patients through resident continuity clinics. These clinics start early in the first year of residency, with graduated autonomy and increased patient numbers in later years.

Residents have 5 hours of didactic time each week with protected morning conference time. Morning conferences start at 7:30 am (sometimes 7:00 am) each morning in the resident room. Morning conferences include chapter reviews, faculty lectures, kodachromes, journal club, evidence-based medicine sessions, and surgical planning sessions. In addition, there are 4-5 morning workshops per year that provide several hours of hands-on experience with various procedures, such as lasers and filler injections. There are also 4-5 evening surgery teaching sessions to practice advanced surgical techniques on pigs’ feet. A sample didactics schedule is below:


Residents who match at our program will be employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Inc (MCWAH). More information may be found at the MCW Graduate Medical Education website. MCWAH offers its housestaff a comprehensive benefits package.

Zoe Brown-Joel, MD (dermatopathology fellowship), Dharmik Patel (private practice), Sabrina Popatia (private practice), Leon Tjahjono (dermatopathology fellowship), Vivek Singam (private practice).

Kathryn Konicke, MD (private practice); Ashaki Patel, MD (cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellowship); Ryan Sacotte, MD (private practice); Linda Serrano, MD (private practice); Jack Steiner, MD (private practice)

Sophia Akhiyat, MD (private practice), Leah Cardwell, MD (dermatopathology fellowship), Justin Fazio, MD (Mohs fellowship), Garrett McCoy, MD (Mohs fellowship), Jamal Saleh, MD (private practice)

Shahab Babakoohi, MD (private practice); Daren Diiorio, MD (private practice), Travis Kuemmet, MD (academics), Jacquelyn Majerowski, MD (dermatopathology fellowship); Alison Seline, MD (dermatopathology fellowship)

Olushola Akinshemoyin Vaughn, MD (academics); Nicole Bender, MD (dermatopathology/fellowship); Liza Gill, MD (academics); April Zhang, MD (academics)

Michael Lee, MD (private practice); Brittany Lister, MD (private practice), Krisztian Nemeth, MD, PhD (private practice); Lauren Seline, MD (private practice); Laura Tisch, MD (private practice)

Mary Kim, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship); Allison Schaus, MD (private practice); Brianne Dickey, MD (private practice)

Dianne de Leon, MD (private practice); Amy Wentland, MD (private practice); JiaDe Yu, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship); Michelle Bayer, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship)

Ashley Sullivan, MD (procedural dermatology fellowship); Megan Dowling, MD (private practice); Stephen Humphrey, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship); Marianne Junck, MD (private practice)

Gabe Currie, MD (dermatopathology fellowship); Nicole Mau, MD (private practice); Gyorgy Paragh, MD, PhD (academics); Nikki Kim, MD (private practice); Lauren Good, MD (private practice)

Daniel Mosel, MD (private practice); Anna Juern, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship); Hilary Hill, MD (private practice); Marisa Chapman, MD (private practice); Sierra Wolter, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship)

Wendy Schumacher, DO (pediatric dermatology fellowship); Suzanne Quinter, MD (private practice); Nicole Huffman, MD (private practice); Joel Joyce, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship)

Katrina Bassett, MD (private practice); Arvin Doostan, MD (private practice); Elyn Bowers, MD (private practice); Adam Taintor, MD (private practice)

Elizabeth Havey, MD (private practice); Edward (Ted) Conrad, MD (private practice); Yvonne Chiu, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship); Benjamin Carter, MD (private practice)

Jordan Miller, MD (private practice); Lynn Cheng, MD (private practice); Brad Huber, MD (private practice); Christopher Fuller, MD (private practice)

Amber Robbins, MD (private practice); Mandi Maronn, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship), Edit Olasz, MD, PhD (academics), Pichaya Sarasombath, MD (private practice)

Sun Young Ruggeri, MD (private practice); Michael Peterson, DO (dermatopathology fellowship); Melissa Chiang, MD (dermatopathology fellowship); Rand Colbert, MD (private practice)

Christopher Carlin, MD (private practice); Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, MD (dermatopathology fellowship); Kim Yancey, MD (former Chair); Janet Fairley, MD (former Program Director); Stephanie Klein, MD (private practice); Joseph Conlon, MD (pediatric dermatology fellowship)

Priya Young, MD (academics); Kristina Kleven, MD (private practice); Marie Dauenhauer, MD (private practice); Yan Wang, MD (private practice)

Otobia Dimson, MD; Juliet Gunkel, MD; Kristen Holland, MD

David Allen, MD; Sheila Galbraith, MD; Jason Rosenberg, MD

Eric Challgren, MD; Anita (Nijhawan) Haggstrom, MD; Bradley Straka, MD

Leslie Beaird, MD; Maria Carroll, MD; Manish Gharia, MD; Valerie Lyon, MD

Elliot Goldberg, MD; Christopher Obeime, MD; Jeffrey Suchniak, MD

Nina (French) Kahloon, MD; Ramsey Markus, MD

Neal Bhatia, MD; Lily Schaffer, MD; Joy Walker, MD; Patricia Wiman, MD

Gregg Menaker, MD; Amy Nopper, MD; Kendell Wilske, MD; Daniel Zivony, MD

Diana Chen, MD; Marguerite Compton, MD; Alfredo Fernandez, MD; John Walsh, MD

Beth Drolet, MD; Melinda McCord, MD; James Nigro, MD; Elizabeth Shinall Miller, MD

Melanie Griem, MD; Aldo Trovato, MD; Gretchen Zirbel, MD

Marie Nakata, MD; Timothy Parker, MD; Anthony Yug, MD

Kay Hansen, MD; John Roth, MD; Mary Spellman, MD

Cyril Severnsm MD; Kathleen Stokes, MD

Conrad Brimhall, MD; Andrew Pitt, MD

Karl Siebe, MD; Richard Steinberg, MD

Amani Abdel-Maguid, MD; Lori Campbell, MD

Steven Snyder, MD; Diane Goetz-Hentz, MD

Craig Fujisaki, MD; Vernon Casterline, MD

Robert Calcote, MD; Anthony Bonfiglio, MD

Beth Schenck, MD; Donna Poesch, MD

Mary Lyons, MD; Glenn Brown, MD

Pamela Parke-Miller, MD; Kwock Koong Koe, MD; James Hogan, MD

Mohammad Ghaemi, MD

Caryn Schulz, MD; Susan Mackel, MD; Glenn Sondag, MD

Neils, Richard, MD; James O’Dowd, Md; Leo Sotiriou, MD; Robert Ginsberg, MD

Thomas Hogarty, MD

Michael Myers, MD

Tin Eng, MD; Benjamin Nykamp, MD; David Tenbarge, MD; Max Mattson, MD

Bernard Simbari, MD

Arthur Phelps, MD; Michael Smullen, MD; Jerone Tulecke, MD; Sandra Lamberson, MD

Hua-Min Weng, MD

Douglas Huewe, MD

Ina Levenson, MD; Palmer Tibbets, MD

Alfred Jerofke, MD

John Kenny, MD; John Marnocha, MD

William Smith, MD

Henry Labrec, MD

Michael Ballard, MD; Rudolph Scrimenti, MD

Donald Johnson, MD

Louis Simonson, MD

Thomas Luther, MD

Richard Higley, MD

Gerald Stubenrauch, MD

David Kersting, MD

Contact Us

Department of Dermatology
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI

Karolyn Wanat, MD
Program Director


Jennifer Pluer
Program Coordinator
(414) 955-3106
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