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  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • 185 Berry Street, Suite 100
  • Campus Box 0506
  • San Francisco, CA 94107

The Dermatopathology Fellowship program is planned as preparation for a career in dermatopathology, either in an academic setting or in practice, with an academic orientation. Training in diagnostic dermatopathology is founded on our volume of over 100,000 accessions per year, of which 30,000 are consultations on previously prepared slides from all over the country and internationally, and thus contain a high proportion of challenging material.

Fellows see and construct reports on a proportion of cases prior to their being signed out by an attending. Ancillary diagnostic training occurs in immunoperoxidase techniques, immunofluorescence and molecular diagnostics. Research opportunities include clinicopathologic studies, immunoperoxidase, ultra structural and molecular investigation of various aspects of skin disease, in collaboration with laboratories in the departments of Pathology and Dermatology, and the UCSF Cancer Center.

Special interests include molecular cytogenetics of melanoma, cutaneous lymphomas, vascular neoplasms, and inflammatory skin disease. Our fellowship is structured as a two year experience, and from 2016 forward, the ACGME-accredited year will occur in the second year. Our philosophy is that a second year of training is desirable for almost all applicants, with the goal of developing advanced skills in diagnostic dermatopathology and developing an academic curriculum vita.


Board eligible in Dermatology, Anatomic Pathology or Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology.

Dermatopathology Fellowship Online Application

Please use the link above to apply for the Dermatopathology Fellowship for the 2020-22 academic year. It is best to open this link in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Completed online applications are due by September 1, 2018.

If you are an International Medical Graduate, please use the link below to navigate to the UCSF Housestaff Information Booklet. You must complete the steps provided on their web page prior to applying to any of our fellowship training programs. Please note that although obtaining a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) from the California Medical Board is not required for fellowship, obtaining a PTAL is encouraged to ensure your eligibility for a California medical license.

UCSF Housestaff Information Booklet

California Medical Board

Recommendation letters should be addressed to Thaddeus W. Mully, M.D., Fellowship Program Director.  These letters MUST be uploaded directly from the referee and be on institution letterhead.  Please select your referees carefully as only the first three reference letters will be included with your application when submitted to the Committee for review.


Commensurates with PGY level.  1st Year Fellows are PGY5.  2nd Year Fellows are PGY6.

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