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The Carilion Clinic – Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Dermatology program is the fourth ACGME-accredited dermatology program in the state of Virginia. We aim to train physician-leaders capable of practicing dermatology in a variety of settings, and to develop core values of lifelong learning and service to the specialty and the community.
About the Residency or Fellowship
Virginia Tech Carilion Partnership
Residents have the opportunity to work closely with the students and research scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. At the medical school, students learn, train and work side-by-side with Carilion’s medical staff, using a patient-centered curriculum designed to develop physicians who can take research from the lab to the patient’s bedside.
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Program Mission Statement

The goal of the program is to train outstanding dermatologists who will be able to provide dermatological care over a variety of settings including medical, pediatric and surgical dermatology. Our hope is that our residents will spend their careers serving our specialty and the community.

 Goals of Residency Program

  1. Train residents who will become well-respected members of the health care community through the demonstration of medical excellence and the ethical delivery of health care.
  2. Provide residents a comprehensive core curriculum in medical, surgical and pediatric dermatology and dermatopathology.
  3. Provide leadership within the local dermatology community through education, community service and becoming the preferred referral site.
  4. Teach our residents how to become effective members of the medical team through managing difficult patients in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
  5. Maintain a culture of professionalism, community and collegiality within the program among faculty and residents.
  6. Prepare residents for independent practice through progressive autonomy.
  7. Advance the specialty through scholarly activity in the form of original research and clinical observations. 
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I’m pleased to welcome you to our residency program, where we offer a comprehensive core curriculum in medical and surgical pathology as well as dermatopathology. We teach our residents to become effective multi-disciplinary team players through inpatient consults and collaboration with other specialties in the outpatient setting. Residents have the opportunity to work with specialists in rheumatology, infectious diseases and surgical oncology in the management of complex patients.

Dept Spec Program Size
One resident per year
Dept Spec Specialties
General Dermatology
Mohs Surgery
Dept Spec Population Served
Pediatric to geriatric patients
Insured, uninsured and charity care
Dept Spec Teaching Opportunities
Didactic educational opportunities for Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents
Clinical education to residents and medical students
Dept Spec Volunteer Opportunities
Faculty and resident participation in free community skin screenings for underprivileged populations
Dept Spec Locations
1 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
Carilion Clinic - Franklin Road, Roanoke, VA
Westlake Satellite - General Dermatology
Dept Spec Board Pass Rate
Residents - 100%
Dept Spec Academic Affiliation
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
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2020-2021 Dermatology Residents and Faculty

Our program aims to train outstanding dermatologists with the core values of lifelong learning and service to the specialty and the community. The ideal applicant is a self-motivated physician with a strong work ethic and desire to become a leader in a small program. The program provides opportunities to teach other residents and students within a structured faculty-directed curriculum. 

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Admission Requirements

Carilion adheres to all local, state and federal employment laws and administers its employment practices in keeping with the following guidelines. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sex or other protected categories except as a bona fide occupational qualification.


  • Prior to appointment in the program, residents must have successfully completed a broad-based clinical year (PGY1) in a program, accredited by the ACGME, or in such a program located in Canada and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics or the transitional year.
    • Carilion Clinic has prelim spots in Medicine and Surgery, which will require a separate application and interview.
  • If an applicant has completed or had training in another program, the residency program will consider transfers.
  • Carilion Clinic Graduate Medical Education supports J-1 visas.
  • The Carilion Clinic Dermatology Residency is participating in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) this fall. Please be aware that you must registered with the NRMP to be considered in the rank order list to match
  • Applications will be reviewed in September through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), with an application deadline of November 1. 

Required  information needed for ERAS:

  1. Current CV with list of research, abstracts, posters and publications
  2. USMLE transcript showing Step 1 score
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Medical school information – diploma and transcript
  5. Personal statement
  6. Photo desired but not required

General Information

  • If an applicant has completed or had training in another program, the residency program will consider transfers.
  • Carilion Clinic Graduate Medical Education supports J-1 visas.

Outside Rotators:
If you are a medical student or an outside resident, please contact the Visiting Student Affairs office at Carilion Clinic. Follow the instructions on the page. The Visiting Student office will work with you and our department to find convenient dates to rotate.


Please direct any questions you may have to:

Janice Gleisner
Residency Program Manager

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Training in our Dermatology Residency includes medical and procedural dermatology clinics, Mohs surgery and dermatopathology at the Carilion Riverside Center medical complex. Residents also perform inpatient consults at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and the Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center.

Our curriculum consists of weekly medical dermatology didactics, weekly dermatopathology didactics and unknown slide reviews, monthly surgery didactics, monthly journal clubs, quarterly grand rounds and research.

Schedule and Tracks
  • The residency program yearly schedule is comprised of 13, 4-week blocks.
  • We are currently recruiting for one PGY-2 position for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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2020-2021 Residents with Dr. Marina Phillips, Program Director
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Dermatology Residents 2020-2021
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City of Roanoke from MIll Mountain at night
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Residency Life Intro

The Roanoke Valley is cosmopolitan and welcoming of many cultures. There are events in the city and surrounding communities almost every weekend, including a wide variety of cultural festivals, running and bicycle events, concerts, etc. The Roanoke Valley also consists of multiple beautiful hiking trails and various outdoor activities such as kayaking, camping and mountain biking. There are also opportunities to enjoy art and history museums, as well as a variety of farm-to-table and ethnic restaurants. 

There are many housing options available in Roanoke with a low cost of living. Roanoke is within a day's travel to many cities, whether by driving, train or flying from our regional airport.

Salary and Benefits

PGY1 - $56387

PGY2 - $58,359

PGY3 - $60,491

PGY4 - $63,067

PGY5 - $66,343

PGY6 - $69,085

PGY7 - $71,403


  • Carilion Clinic Medical Plan subsidized by program: employee only, employee + 1 child, employee + spouse and family coverage available with partial premiums paid by residents.
  • Basic dental coverage provided for resident and family (comprehensive plan available at additional low cost)
  • Disability, life and malpractice insurance provided
  • We offer coverage under our medical, dental, vision, supplemental spouse life insurance and dependent child life insurance plans to domestic partners of our full-time and regular part-time employees, as well as their eligible children.


  • Three weeks per year

Educational Meetings

  • Reimbursement for approved educational conferences
  • Reimbursement for approved presentations at meetings


  • Free


  • Membership at Carilion Wellness
  • Tickets to Virginia Tech football and basketball games via lottery system

Library Services

  • 24/7 access to both electronic and print books and journals
  • Online resources include AccessMedicine, AccessEmergency Medicine, CINAHL, Medline/PubMed, Cochrane, ClinicalKey, DynaMed Plus, UpToDate, PsychiatryOnline, Pediatric Care Online and many others
  • Staff assistance with online resource instruction, literature searches, journal articles and other services

Cell Phone

  • Provided for clinical use; optional $15 charge per pay period for personal use


  • Security/escort service
  • Counseling and support services
  • Lab coats
  • Four sets of scrubs provided
  • Dermatoscopes provided
  • Laptop computer provided
  • Digital camera provided

Additional Roanoke Recreation Informational Links

The following websites offer additional information regarding the Roanoke area and recreational activities:

Downtown Roanoke, Inc.
Virginia's Blue Ridge - Roanoke Outdoor Adventures
Virginia's Blue Ridge Adventure Towns
Roanoke Outside

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