Residency Program

Penn State Hershey Dermatology Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in our Dermatology Residency Program. Let me provide you with some background information.

Pennsylvania State College of Medicine was founded in Hershey in 1967. Currently, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center supports over 350 residents and fellows in its teaching programs. Our Dermatology Residency Program was started in 1982 and is fully accredited. We accept 4 residents each year in the general dermatology track.  We have a fantastic environment to support health services, translational, and basic science research.  We are able to support residents interested in research by offering a physician scientist training track.  A variety of teaching conferences are held each week and clinical training is closely supervised. In addition, we ask that each of our residents participate in some type of investigative project during their 3 years with us.

We utilize an advanced program that begins in the PGY-2 year after 1 year of prerequisite training in internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, or emergency medicine. The prerequisite year can be done at Penn State Hershey or any ACGME approved program. For these preliminary disciplines, you will be required to submit a separate ERAS® application in addition to the specialty application.

We interview only senior medical students or candidates who have completed their PGY-1 year. Applications with training beyond this will not be considered. In addition to the application and requested letters of recommendation, we also require a copy of your Dean's letter and transcript. Your application and supporting materials should be submitted and completed by November 1st. Applications or supporting documents by mail will not be accepted.

Documents required to be submitted through ERAS®:

  • Common Application Form (CAF)
  • Personal Statements
  • Transcripts
  • MSPE/Dean's Letter
  • Letters of Recommendation (at least 3 maximum of 4)
  • USMLE Transcripts

We contact applicants via email to schedule interviews. We request a response within 48 hours prior to concluding non-interest. Our interviews take place in December each year.

We only utilize the National Residents Matching Program, NRMP, for our match process.

Please visit the ERAS® web site for further information or contact them via e-mail at: The National Residents Matching Program, NRMP, is also a great source of information.

Penn State Hershey Dermatology, we strive to have the best faculty and best residents learning in a challenging, yet nurturing environment.

Again, we thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to receiving your application.


Joslyn S. Kirby, M.D., M.Ed., M.S.
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Residency Program Director

"...the only things real in any residency program are the people functioning within it, and the relationships they have with each other." - David C. Leach, M.D.