Residency Program

Advanced Desert Dermatology Residency Program

The residency program in dermatology at Advanced Desert Dermatology provides experience in outpatient and inpatient settings. Residents will receive training in multiple dermatology topics including: Acne, psoriasis, eczema, radiation oncology, Mohs micrographic surgery, dermatopathology, dermatology surgery, mycology, pediatric, adolescent, and geriatric dermatology. This list is not fully inclusive of all topics that our residents will be trained in, but it is a basic representation. Our residents have opportunities for elective rotations where they can spend time in specialty clinics that allow them exposure to challenging cases.

Research also encouraged during their three year residency. Residents are encouraged to participate in and design limited laboratory investigational or clinical outcomes research that can be carried out and completed during their three year program. Residents are expected to submit their studies for publication and present their research at national meetings.

While Advanced Desert Dermatology serves as home base for the residency, residents rotate through several training sites for clinical training. Residents will spend their time in Peoria, Sierra Vista, and Mesa.

First Year

During the first year, residents gain experience in general medical dermatology and surgery in the clinic setting at one of our training sites. Residents also spend time in dermatopathology and radiation oncology.

Second Year

Second year residents will have the opportunity to start training in Mohs micrographic surgery. Residents will also perform in-patient consultations at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center and one of our local long term care homes.

Third Year

During the last year of residency, residents assume greater responsibility for patient care.

Seminars and Conferences

Our program has an active didactic schedule for the residents which includes: dermatology grand rounds, dermatopathology sessions, journal club, and regular weekly conferences. Our program also participates in regular basic medical science lectures provided by our OPTI, Midwestern University.


  • 4 funded positions
  • All applications must be submitted through ERAS
    • Any application submitted through any other means will not be accepted
  • Applications are accepted August 1st– October 31st
  • All potential candidates must do an audition rotation
  • 3 letters of recommendation are required – one must be from your program director
  • All applicants must have successfully completed PGY1
  • All applicants must have completed Comlex part 3
  • All applicants must have Comlex scores of 550 or higher, or complete another AOA approved residency program

While our sponsoring hospital is Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, they do not have a traditional rotating internship. It is up to the potential resident to secure the PGYI.

If you are interested in a rotation, you can rotate as 4th year student, an intern, or a resident in another program.

If you meet the threshold requirements and would like to inquire about rotation dates, please send a digital copy of your comlex scores along with your request, and that will speed up the process. 

For more information on our Residency Program, contact us by filling our Contact Form or calling (623) 977-6700 today!