Program Director Welcome

Claudia Hernandez, MD

Claudia Hernandez, MD, Associate Professor
Program Director

The Dermatology Residency Training Program at Rush University is dedicated to training the next generation of dermatologists to care for patients with diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes in a supportive collegial atmosphere.  We provide our trainees with a diverse learning environment that encompasses multiple facets of our specialty including general,
surgical, pediatric, aesthetic, dermatopathology, and Mohs micrographic surgery.

Highlights of the dermatology training program include:

  • High quality instruction by faculty with direct relevance to clinical practice
  • Evidence based teaching
  • Mentorship in a supportive academic environment.
  • Gradual progressive responsibility for the trainee


The Section of Dermatology at Rush University offers a three-year dermatology residency program fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our section offers two positions per year through the annual National Resident Matching Program.

Requirements for admission to our program are:

  • M.D. degree
  • Completion of a preliminary training year in a clinical specialty (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, etc.) from an accredited program.


Rush University Medical Center

The Section of Dermatology sees approximately 28,000 outpatient visits and over 300 inpatient hospital consultations per year in the state-of-the art Rush Hospital. The dermatology facilities include phototherapy, procedure rooms including a Mohs surgery suite, general patient care rooms, dedicated resident office space with individual workstations, a multi-head microscope, and large as well as small conference rooms.

Rush Satellite Clinics

The opportunity is also available to rotate at dermatology outpatient clinics in downtown Chicago, Oak Park, South Loop, and Oak Brook.

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Residents rotate in the outpatient facilities of the Stroger Hospital for 6-8 weeks during their third year of residency.


Resident clinical experiences are diverse, challenging and thought-provoking. They include cutaneous infections, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and complex cases such as autoimmune blistering diseases, connective tissue diseases, vasculitis, hidradenitis, etc. The section is a referral center for the greater Chicago area with specialty clinics that include melanoma/pigmented lesions, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, hidradenitis and patch testing. Surgical experiences include excisions and Mohs surgery, as well as aesthetic dermatology. Each resident has a weekly continuity clinic under the supervision of a faculty member.

The curriculum includes weekly histopathology reviews, clinical and surgical education, basic science, journal club and Staff Conferences held in conjunction with Cook County residents. Residents also have the opportunity to attend monthly meetings of the Chicago Dermatological Society, and second and third year residents attend the national American Academy of Dermatology meeting.


Residents are expected to complete at least one clinical or basic science project and publish one article to meet the program’s requirements for satisfactory completion of their training.

For more information about the Dermatology Residency Program, please contact us at (312) 563-4336.




Contact Us

1653 W. Congress Parkway
220 Annex
Chicago, IL  60612
Phone: (312) 942-6096